Douai Abbey is part of the English Benedictine Congregation (EBC). This congregation dates from 1215, making it the oldest of the twenty-one congregations that together form the Benedictine Confederation, which equates to what is loosely termed the Order of St Benedict. After the suppression of the monasteries in England under Henry VIII, English monks pursued their vocation on the Continent, mainly in Spain, Italy and France. In 1607 this ad hoc arrangement was remedied with the refoundation of the ancient English Congregation.
At present there are 13 independent monasteries in the Congregation, ten of monks and three of nuns. In total there are about 200 monks and 32 nuns. Below is a list of these monasteries with links to their websites, should you wish to discover more of the English Benedictine family.