Monday, 15 October 2012

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adult Reminders

Next Social 23rd October 2012

Strada Italian Restuarant
6 - 7 Montpellier Street
GL50 1SX 

Tel: 01242 253 410
Fax: 01242 253 412
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The 2nd Tuesday of the Month 13th November- now the Rosary

From now on the 2nd Tuesday of the month will be the Rosary in the Upper Room of the Old Priory at St. Gregory's in Cheltenham followed by a social. All are very welcome.

Friday, 7 September 2012

More Details for Young Catholic Adults National Weekend 2012

Douai Weekend Co-ordinator Damian 07908105787.

This is just a short note to give you a few more details about the Douai weekend (14-16 September).

On Arrival

Please report to Douai Abbey reception and from there you will be able to get your key (or be directed to the cottages). For those arriving on Friday 14th, the time of arrival is from 1-6pm onwards. The address for the Abbey is
:- Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5TQ, England.  RG7 5TQ.

Please Note

Some of the rooms in the Guest House have been let out to the Schola Gregoriana; they will be helping to make the weekend a success– (providing Gregorian Chant Workshops and helping with the singing at Masses).


Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available for a small fee at then socials.

If anyone has any dietary requirements, please email me and let me know.


There is ample parking available at the Abbey.

The Guest House

Soap and towels are provided.

The Cottages and Camping

The camping area will be located next to the Cottages. Soap and towels are not provided in the Cottages, bedding will be provided. For those who are self- catering there is a fully equipped kitchen located in the cottages.


If you would like to have a lift from the train station (lifts are available this year between the times of 3-5pm on Friday 14th and after 2pm on Sunday 16th) and , please contact Damian on 07908 105787 a couple of days before the weekend with your estimated time of arrival:- there may be a delay in picking you up depending on available cars. Alternatively, the following taxi services are available:-

24 7 Taxi Services
Park La, Thatcham
RG18 3PJ
T 01635 868781
A 2 B Taxi Co
46 Ullswater Close, Thatcham
RG19 3UJ
T 01635 877777
A N D Cars
2 Victor Rd, Thatcham
RG19 4LX
T 01635 877555


Please note that trains run from Midgham Station (the station is 10 mins away from Douai Abbey, station is called MIDGHAM, but it is actually in Woolhampton village,) on Sundays as well Sat-Monday. Trains run from London Paddington, Reading & Newbury. It's about 40 minutes from London Paddington.


Douai Abbey is situated 1 mile north of the A4 about half way between Reading and Newbury in Berkshire.

The turn off the A4 is about 6 miles from M4 Junction 12.

By rail the nearest station is called MIDGHAM, but it is actually in Woolhampton village.

To Walk

You will need to leave the station and head towards the centre of Woolhampton village, when you reach the main road, turn left and walk c. 50 yards until you reach the "The Falmouth Arms"; turn right here, then walk up WOOLHAMPTON HILL which is then signposted to Douai Abbey. Pass Elstree School (right) and St Peter's Church (right) and on up to a T-junction. Turn left past the Thatched Cottage (on left), and then after 800 yards is the DOUAI ABBEY Entrance. It takes about 15 mins to walk from the station.


By Car

From Reading on the A4:

At roundabout after dual carriageway, continue on A4 towards Newbury for half a mile.
Turn right at sign to Douai Abbey (picture) up CODS HILL, pass Sports Ground on left.
Pass Thatched Cottage (on left), after 100 metres pass St Mary's Church (on right).
DOUAI ABBEY Entrance is a further 100 metres on the right.
After turning in, fork right for RECEPTION or left for PARKING.

From Newbury on the A4:

At Woolhampton village, on the left is "The Falmouth Arms", very prominent.
Turn left here, up WOOLHAMPTON HILL which is signposted to Douai Abbey (picture).
Pass Elstree School (right) and St Peter's Church (right) and on up to a T-junction.
Turn left past the Thatched Cottage (on left), and in 200 metres is the DOUAI ABBEY Entrance.
After turning in, fork right for RECEPTION or left for PARKING.

Many thanks,


Damian Co-ordinator Young Catholic Adults.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Timetable for National Young Catholic Adults Weekend 2012

A week-end for Young Catholic Adults, Douai Abbey, Berkshire, England
14-16 September 2012

                              Theme: "How real: Christ's presence in the Eucharist"

Friday 14th September 2012 (Exaltation of the Holy Cross - 2nd class feast -
5th anniversary of implementation of Summorum Pontificum) 1pm onwards (until
6pm): arrival
4-5pm: Chant workshop
5-5.50pm: Confessions
[5-5.45pm: Rehearsal for Mass (for Schola Gregoriana and any YCA
members who wish to sing in the choir)]
6 - 7pm: Sung Mass in the Parish Church
7-7.30pm: - Supper
8-8.45pm: 1st conference: "What do we mean by 'presence'? Gradation of the
modes of presence", by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
9pm: Sung Compline
9.30pm: Social
Saturday 15th September 2012 (Seven Sorrows of the BMV - 2nd class feast)
7.30am: Morning prayer (parish church)
8-8.30am: Breakfast
8.45-9.30am: 2nd Conference: "Scriptural statements: Gospels, Acts of the
Apostles, St Paul's Epistles", by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
9:35am-10:30am Chant workshop
11am: Solemn High Mass, main Abbey Church
12.20pm: Marian Procession around the extensive grounds of the Abbey
1-1.30pm: Lunch
2-3pm: 3rd Conference: "Philosophical approach: substance and accidents", by
Fr de Malleray, FSSP
3-4pm: Chant workshop
[4-4.30pm: Chant rehearsal for Schola Gregoriana]
4-5pm: Free time (4.30-5pm: optional Rosary)
5-5.45pm: 4th Conference: "The Eucharistic Presence as emphasised in the
liturgy: gestures, vessels, Benediction and processions", by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
6-6.30pm: Vespers (in Parish Church)
7-7.30pm: Supper
8-9.30pm: Adoration and Confessions
9.30pm: Social

Sunday 16th September 2012 (16th after Pentecost)
7.30am: Morning prayer (parish church)
8am: Breakfast
9am: 5th Conference: "The Eucharistic magisterium of the Church", by Fr de
Malleray, FSSP
[10-10.45am: Schola Gregoriana rehearsal]
11am: Sung Mass
[11am: Schola Gregoriana sing Mass with monks]
12noon-1pm: Rosary
1pm: Lunch

Monday, 30 July 2012

Our Lady of Good Success, in Quito, Ecuador

by Marian Theresa Horvat
Question: I have never heard of the prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success. Is this a new apparition? Has it been approved by the Church?
Answer: This is not a new apparition. It took place in the early 17th century. The revelations of Our Lady of Good Success and devotion to Her miraculous Statue have been approved by the Catholic Church since the beginning. It was the 9th Bishop of Quito, Salvador de Ribera, who attested in official documents to the miraculous completion of the Statue by St. Francis of Assisi and the three Archangels – St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael – and presided over the anointing of the solemn consecration of the Statue in the Church of the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception on February 2, 1611. The devotion and apparitions were also authorized and promoted by the next Bishop of Quito, Pedro de Oviedo, who governed the Diocese from 1630 to 1646. Thus this devotion has enjoyed the support and approval of the Church since its very beginning.
Question: What do these revelations talk about?
Answer: Many of the prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success have already been fulfilled. She predicted the proclamation of the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility, the consecration of that country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the martyrdom of a Catholic president of Ecuador by Masons (President Gabriel Garcia Moreno, assassinated in 1875), and many others things that have come to pass. (Msgr. Luis E. Cadena Y Almeida, postulator of the cause for beatification of the Servant of God, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, has written a book in Spanish on the many prophetic messages that have already taken place. Mrs. Horvath translated his book into English, under the title “Our Lady of Good Success: Prophecies for Our Times.”)
The most important prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success, however, spoke of the worldwide crisis in the Church and society that would begin in the 19th century and extend throughout the 20th century. During that time, She warned, there would be an almost total corruption of customs and Satan would rule almost completely by means of the Masonic sects. In the Catholic Church the Sacraments would be profaned and abused, and the light of Faith would be almost completely extinguished in souls. Truly religious souls would be reduced to a small number and many vocations would perish. Great impurity would reign and people would be without any care for spiritual matters.
Question: Who was Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, the sister who received those revelations?
Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres
Answer: Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563-1635) was a Spanish Conceptionist sister who traveled from her country to the New World to help to found the Royal Convent. The life of Mother Mariana was truly extraordinary. The number of visions and mystical favors granted to her as well as the miracles worked through her intercession are numerous. During her live, she was the superior of the Convent three times. During her first term as Abbess, she suffered persecutions from a group of rebellious nuns who wanted to relax the Rule. The rebellion grew, and the “inobservant” sisters put Mother Mariana and the other Spanish Founding Mothers in the Convent prison. Mother Mariana accepted all this and agreed to Our Lord's condition to suffer the torments of Hell for five years in order to obtain the conversion of the leader of those rebellious sisters.
One of the most extraordinary facts of her life was a mystical-physical phenomenon: her several deaths and resurrections. Documented records from the Convent and Diocesan archives show that this truly holy religious died three times. Her first death was in 1582. Standing before the Judgment Seat, she was judged blameless and given a choice: to remain in celestial glory in Heaven or to return to earth to suffer as an expiatory victim for the sins of the 20th century. She chose the latter. Her second death was on Good Friday of 1588 after an apparition where she was shown the horrible abuses and heresies that would exist in the Church in our times. She was resurrected two days later on Easter Sunday morning. She finally died on January 16, 1635. Miracles worked through her intercession immediately followed.
The body of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, along with the incorrupt body of another Founding Mother, is preserved in the lower level of the cloistered Convent. In 1906 during the remodeling of the Convent, the sarcophagus in which she had been buried in 1635 was opened and her body was discovered, whole and incorrupt. Today it is preserved in the lower level of the cloistered Convent.
Question: Why haven't I heard of these apparitions until recently?
Answer: It can seem strange that such an important devotion has been almost unknown outside of Ecuador for so long a time. But there is a supernatural explanation for this. The Mother of God told Mother Mariana various times that only after three centuries of mysterious silence would the message of the apparitions become known. Our Lady linked the spread of this devotion to a miraculous and extraordinary intervention she would make for the restoration of the Catholic Church when the crisis would be so great that almost all would seem lost. Our Lady also promised to give her good success to those who had recourse to her under this invocation during these difficult times. Thus, in a very special way, this prophecy is for our days.
Question: What is the origin of the invocation?
Answer: In 1607 Pope Paul V gave the name Virgin of Good Success to a statue miraculously found by two Spanish Brothers of the Order of Minims for the Service of the Sick. After the death of Brother Bernandine de Obregón, its founder, Gabriel de Fontaned was elected his successor. Accompanied by Guillermo de Rigosa, the new Superior set off for Rome to plead the case for official approval of their Order before the Roman Pontiff. As they were passing through the town of Traigueras (in Catalonia), they were caught in a storm so severe it made them fear for their lives.
In their fear, they prayed to Our Lady for shelter and succor. Seeing a soft light in the distant mountains, they left the path and climbed toward it. They found a cave carved like a polished stone and fragrant with flowers that enshrined a very beautiful statue of Holy Mary carrying Her Divine Son in Her left arm, a scepter in Her right, and a precious crown on Her head. The dress was simple but elegant. They fell to their knees to venerate the beautiful statue, and wondered how She came to be in this distant place.
The next day they traveled to the closest hamlets to make inquiries. None of the inhabitants, not even the eldest who knew the history of everyone and everything in the area, had every heard of the cave or the statue. Thus, the Brothers became the owners of the holy statue, offering Her their warmest thanks and choosing Her as their special patroness. With this amiable and powerful companion, they continued on their journey to Rome.
Arriving there, they told the Sovereign Pontiff what had happened, and Pope Paul V not only acknowledged the supernatural nature of that discovery, but upon confirming the new Order, he placed it under the protection of the same Virgin, whom he gave the name of the Virgin of Good Success.
The statue was placed in the Royal Hospital of Madrid, and soon became famous for the numerous favors granted by Heaven through it. In 1641 King Philip III ordered the construction of the splendid sanctuary in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. With the passing of time as the devotion spread, the statue was copied and placed in various places, sometimes under a different invocation. Today there are a number of localities in Spain where this image is venerated: Orduña, La Puebla de Gordon, Tudela, Abla, among others.
The invocation was not long in making its way across the ocean to the New World. The Blessed Virgin deigned to favor the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito in a very special way by means of this particular avocation. In an apparition to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, the Blessed Virgin appeared and asked that a statue be made of Her under the title of Good Success. She should be made just as she appeared to Her there, with the Child Jesus in her right arm, and the Abbess' crozier and the keys of the Convent in her right hand. She should be placed above the Abbess chair in the upper choir because She desired to be Abbess of that Convent until the end of time. And so the Virgin of Good Success of Quito appears with the crosier in Her right hand, instead of the scepter that She carries in Madrid.
The Sisters of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception of Quito have always had a great love for their heavenly Abbess. The Statue of the Virgin of Good Success has been loved and venerated by the people of Quito for almost three centuries.
Question: How is the devotion spreading today?
Answer: Today the fame of this apparition is extending far beyond Quito. Our Lady of Good Success told Mother Mariana that She wanted to be known and loved throughout the world, and that the devotion would begin to spread only in the 20th century. This is, in fact, what has happened. She reserved this devotion for these times because the Church would be so embattled and suffering that only the divine power and love of the Blessed Virgin would sustain the faithful.
Question: What is meant by the words “good success”? In English, it can give the impression that one is asking for material success.
Answer: That is not the original Spanish connotation. The invocation of “good success” refers to the happy development of the gestation of Christ from the Conception to Birth. The invocation of “good success” was understood by the faithful in its first meaning as a simple plea for safe childbirth. This easily extended to the invocation of Mary's meditation and intercession in times of personal need (sickness, travel, marriage).
The expression later broadened further to be understood in the sense of good success in various undertakings. For example, its popularity in the seafaring regions of Catalonia, Isle of Gomera, and Granada indicates a connection with maritime travel. Sailors would ask Mary for a safe return to port. The extended meaning can also be that of a holy death. In short, sucesso, meaning success or luck, refers to well-being and safety where strictly human means find no issue.
Question: When can the public see the miraculous Statue of Our Lady of Good Success?
Answer: The miraculous Statue of Our Lady of Good Success is taken from the cloistered upper choir three times a year and placed above the main altar of the Convent Church, so that it can be venerated by the people of Quito. It can be seen by the public at the following times:
1. During a nine-day novena in commemoration of the Feast Day of the Purification of Our Lady (February 2) – from around January 24 to February 4;
2. During the month of May;
3. During the month of October.
Mother Mariana: victim for the 20th century
Mariana Francisca was born in Spain the province of Viscaya in 1563, the first-born child of Diego Cadiz and Maria Berriochoa Alvarez. On the day of her First Communion, at age 9, Our Lady appeared to her and told her she was destined to be a religious of Her Immaculate Conception in the New World. In 1577, when Marianna was only 13 years old, she left Spain in the company of her aunt, Mother Maria de Jesus Taboada, and four other sisters, to found a branch of the Order of the Immaculate Conception in San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.
In 1582, when Mother Mariana was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, for the first time she was given to see the heresy, blasphemy and impurity that would inundate the world as punishment in the 20th century. Our Lady asked her: “My daughter, will you sacrifice yourself for the people of this time?” Mother Mariana replied, “I am willing.” From the violence of the shock of previewing the horrors of our day, Mother Mariana fell dead.
Historic and documented evidence record that this holy religious truly died in 1582 and resurrected. Before the divine tribunal, she was given the choice to remain in heaven or return to suffer in the world. Following the example of Our Lady, who left the glories of heaven to protect her children during those difficult first years of the fledgling Church, Mother Mariana chose to return to life to expiate for the great sins of our times. (A second death and resurrection happened on Easter Sunday of 1588.)
The Existence of Hell
The First Secret of Fatima breaks the myth, the lie of 20th century, that hell does not exist. On July 13, 1917, Our Lady told three children, ages 10, 8,7, to “pray, pray very much because many souls go to Hell. Then She opened Her hands and showed the three children a hole in the ground, a place. That hole, said Lucy, was like a sea of fire in which we saw the souls of human forms, men and women, burning, shouting, and crying in despair.” Mary said to the children: “You have seen Hell where sinners go when they do not repent.” A Roman Catholic dogma: The existence of Hell.
During her life, Mother Mariana begged Our Lord to save the soul of an insubordinate sister in the convent. He agreed that this rebellious sister would be saved, although she would be required to remain in purgatory until the end of the world. In recompense, Mother Mariana had to suffer five years on earth the pains of hell. For five years, she suffered all the tortures of the senses reserved for souls in that terrible place and the most intense suffering of the sense of the loss of God.
It seems very clear that Our Lady wanted 20th century man to realize that hell exists: it is a place, and it is not empty.
The breakdown of morals and customs
During Jacinta's stay at the orphanage of Our Lady of Miracles in Lisbon in 1920, Our Lady told her, “The sins that lead more souls to hell are the sins of the flesh.” There were other prophecies She revealed to the little girl: “Styles will come that will offend Our Lord very much. Persons who serve God should not follow the styles. The Church does not have styles. Our Lord is always the same.” She said that the sins of impurity would be so great there would be almost no virgin souls. She said that many marriages are not good, that they do not please Our Lord and are not of God. Finally, Jacinta repeated continually to Lucia and Mother Godinho: “Pray much for priests and religious. Priests should be pure, very pure!”
Three centuries before, in Quito, Ecuador, on Jan. 20, 1610, Our Lady appeared carrying a crozier in Her right hand and her Divine Son in her left arm so that “all will know that I am merciful and understanding. Let them come to me, for I will lead them to Him.” She told Mother Mariana that in the twentieth century “the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs, for Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects. They will focus particularly on the children in order to achieve this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times.” Obviously she is speaking of the secular humanist revolution about which so much has been written that has completely invaded the secular as well as religious institutions of our times.
Our Lady continued, describing the abuses that would attack each of the Sacraments: “Woe to the children of these times because it will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism and also that of Confirmation.” She warned that the devil would assiduously try to destroy the sacrament of Confession and Holy Communion. She lamented the many sacrileges and abuses of the Blessed Sacrament that would occur. The Sacrament of Extreme Unction would be little esteemed and many people would die without receiving it, thus denied assistance they would need for that “great leap from time to Eternity.”
The Sacred Sacrament of Holy Orders would be ridiculed, oppressed and despised. The demon would labor unceasingly to corrupt the clergy and would succeed with many of them. And these “depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings upon the good pastors of the Church.”
About the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, she said this: “Masonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the objective of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin. The Christian spirit will rapidly decay, extinguishing the precious light of Faith until it reaches the point that there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. In these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury that would conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will fall silent.”
Our Lady told Mother Mariana, the religious Conceptionist who received the revelations, that the souls who would remain faithful in those difficult times would need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence in God. Moments would come when everything would seem to be lost and paralyzed, but that would be the moment, she promised, of the “happy beginning of the complete restoration.” “My hour will arrive” she foretold, “when I, in an amazing manner, will overthrow proud Satan, crushing him under my feet, chaining him in the infernal abyss, leaving the Church and the land free of this cruel tyranny.”
Thus, while the message of Our Lady of Good Success is quite sad and serious, it is also one of great hope. It is the promise echoed by Our Lady at Fatima in 1917: “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Copies of the book “Our Lady of Good Success: Prophecies for our times” (72 pages) can be purchased for $7 U.S. each from: Tradition in Action, Inc., P.O. Box 23135, Los Angeles, CA 90023. Add $3 for U.S. orders. Canadian orders should add $2 for each order.
This article was published in the May-June-July, 2004 issue of “Michael”.
H/t to

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Events at Douai Abbey 14th-16th Sept 2012 Organised by Young Catholic Adults

Events Open to the Public

Saturday 15th September 2012 at 11amMass in the main Abbey Church  followed by a Marian Procession around the extensive grounds of the Abbey at 12pm (starting from the main Abbey Church).

All ages/Parishes/Church groups are warmly welcome to attend Masses and the procession. All events are organised by Young Catholic Adults (YCA).

Weekend for 18-35ish Year Olds

If you are in the 18-35ish age range, there will also be a retreat led by Fr. De Malleray FSSP (head of the international Juventutem Federation) at Douai Abbey 14-16th September 12.’ Gregorian Chant Workshops will be running this year led by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.

 How to Book for the retreat

Prices range from £5-51. To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday), please contact the Guestmaster direct and send a 20 pound deposit (non- returnable) to Brother Christopher Greener OSB :, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berks. RG7 5TQ (Tel: Tel : 0118 971 5399 Email : ,  please see:- for more details.

Friday, 22 June 2012

FSSP Vocation discernment weekend: 27-29 July 2012 in Reading

Vocation discernment weekend: 27-29 July 2012 in Reading:
For any English-speaking Catholic men between 18 and 35 years of age (under 18 please contact us).
Starts on Friday 27th July 2012 at 6pm (arrivals from 5pm) – ends on Sunday 29th July 2012 at 3pm.
Led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard, FSSP and Rev Alex Stewart, FSSP.
Location: St John Fisher House, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading, RG1 5RU, England.
(Picture: FSSP seminarians praying the Divine Office in the FSSP parish church in Rome)

Programme: Spiritual conferences, socials, Holy Mass each of the three days (Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite), silent prayer, and optional private talk with Fr de Malleray, FSSP. Fr de Malleray will explain what a vocation is in general and to the priesthood in particular.
Cost for the whole weekend, 2 days + 2 nights, full board: no set price for students or unemployed – any donation welcome; others: £50 suggested.
Contact: Tel: 0118 966 5284; Email:; website:

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Young Catholic Adults Douai Abbey Weekend 14-16 Sept 2012 - The Cottages Accomodation, What to Expect


The Cottages

For Student and Youth Group & Family Retreats

  • The Cottages accommodate groups of up to 15 young persons in simple 'hostel' type rooms.
  • Self-catering facilities include a kitchen, dining room and scullery.
  • Two other rooms provide a lounge and chapel, and the whole building is centrally heated.
  • The facilities available include the Abbey Church which provides a peaceful, prayerful space for worship. Guests are free to join in all the community services and to enjoy the spacious Abbey grounds.
  • Special rate for families.
  • Lying deep in the Berkshire countryside overlooking the beautiful Kennet valley to the distant Hampshire downs, the Cottages provide an ideal place for a group retreat for all who seek the refreshment of peace and quiet.

Cottage Cottage

Contact the Cottage Manager - e-mail to: youth

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Young Catholic Adults Douai 2012 - the Guest Facilities


The Guest House

The St Benet Biscop Building, the first floor of which has been refurbished for guests .

Hospitality has been a special concern of monasteries from the earliest times. St Benedict teaches in the Rule "All guests are to be welcomed as Christ". At Douai we maintain this ancient tradition which is so vital today.

At present we have eleven fully en-suite rooms offering single and shared accommodation for guests in the Bl Hugh Faringdon and St Alban Roe building and eleven rooms in the refurbished St Benet Biscop building two of which are fully en-suite, the others are demi-en-suite.

Accommodation for Guests

Left: a guest at the desk in her room, with the Abbey Church outside. Right: a guest reading in one of the window alcoves.

Sitting room
One of the comments frequently made about Douai is that it offers an environment and atmosphere of peace and serenity, where the cares of daily life can be left behind. You would be most welcome to share that atmosphere.

The guest Refectory

Guests can eat formally in the refectory or on occasion informally outside. Our kitchen has been awarded five stars, the highest rating, by the West Berkshire Council Environmental Health Authority who described it as 'excellent'.
The guest court outside the refectory has become a popular area for guests to sit for conversation, or to read and meditate.




Click for more pictures of the new guest accommodation.
To make a booking or for further information please e-mail to


For information about bringing a group to use the Conference Centre.

THE DOUAI COTTAGES A row of three farm labourers' cottages has been converted into one and sleeps 15. It is centrally heated and has a kitchen, scullery, dining room, lounge and chapel and provides simple 'hostel' style self-catering accommodation suitable for youth and student groups. Click for more information about the cottages.

Douai Abbey, situated on high ground in the Berkshire countryside overlooking the beautiful Kennet valley towards the distant Hampshire downs, is within easy reach of London, Reading, Oxford and many places of interest. It provides an ideal setting for quiet reflection, retreats and for conferences . Guests are welcome to join in all the community services in the Abbey Church and to enjoy the spacious monastery grounds, and the surrounding countryside and woods. Click for a Location Map. H/t to

Young Catholic Adults Retreat at Douai Abbey 2012 and the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge

                                          Photo: Credit

The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge will be assisting in the 2012 Young Catholic Adults weekend in Douai Abbey. They will be providing Gregorian Chant Workshops among other things.

The Schola website states that:- it was "founded in 1975 by Dr Mary Berry, a Cambridge musician and musicologist, in order to ensure that the chant should continue to be taught, and that all those who wished to sing and study this profoundly spiritual and ancient music should be able to do so. It became a registered charity in 1984.The Schola aims to promote the teaching and singing of Gregorian chant and, whenever possible, to foster its study and research."

For more details about the Schola  please see

Monday, 14 May 2012

100 Days of Peace Event

Vigil of Prayer
for the 2012 30th Olympiad and Paralympics, the athletes and the visitors
 for London, the host city, for peace and goodwill for all
 for all those nations attending the Games, for dignity and respect for all cultures and differences
 for people of all faiths
 for young people, their health, happiness and future
 for peace in our cities
 for athletes who have come from countries where there has been war, conflict or natural disaster
 for the flourishing of international art, culture and music

From 11pm Friday June 8th to midday on Saturday June 9th 2012
we will gather to pray in :-

St Martin-in-the-Fields,
Trafalgar Square 
a place of peace in the heart of London

Young people, leaders, preachers, musicians, will celebrate the start of the ‘Sacred Truce’ with prayer, and as in ancient times, will proclaim peace for London, the host city of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
To find out more and to register to take part, apply to:

100 Days of Peace SMITF vigil, 4 Vincent Road, London N15 3QH, or email
*The original Greek Olympics were preceded by a Sacred Truce, which enabled competitors to reach Olympia without being attacked, as they passed through the small warring city-states of the Greek peninsula. Peace was an original ideal of the Greek Olympics, and also of the Games revived in

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Young Catholic Adults National Weekend 14-16th Sept 2012

During the weekend of the 14-16 September 2012. Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, it will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board.

* YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops.
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung/High Mass, Low Mass, Gregorian Chant Workshops Confession and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form

Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night . There are 3 options

Friday , registration from 4pm, to Sunday 11th September (full board)* or
Arrive Saturday morning till Sunday or day only
51 pounds full-board PER PERSON PER NIGHT
25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged (or whatever you can afford) PER PERSON PER NIGHT

£35 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (full board). Self catering £25 per person per night (reductions for students:- or whatever you can afford) .

£5 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (or whatever you can afford - please bring your own tent and food ).

If you would like lunch on Sunday 11th then it will be an extra £7 each.

How to book - limited places so please reserve your place early (please note that you have to be 18 or over to come in this weekend).

To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday), please contact the Guestmaster direct and send a 20 pound deposit (NON RETURNABLE) to Brother Christopher Greener OSB, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berks. RG7 5TQ (please make any cheques payable to Douai Abbey). Please mention how long you wish to stay and any special diet.

For general enquiries about the weekend:- or any queries about the accommodation/location/lifts required please ring Damian Barker on 07908105787 or 01452 539503.

Young Catholic Adults in Cheltenham Social at Bottelino's

On Tues 27th March Chelt YCA will be having their monthly social at  Bottelino's in Cheltenham. We'll be meeting at St. Gregory's at 8:15pm.

Address & Contact Details of Bottelino's :

Tel: Fax: Email:
01242 22476101242

Monday, 12 March 2012

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults - New Catechetical Series Launched

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays' of the month at St. Gregory’s Church in Cheltenham:- (2nd Tuesday – catechesis; 4th Tuesday – social). They will commence a catechetical course on the 10th Jan 2012 called the Parish Mission. Bottom of Form
From the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL, the Very Rev. William P. Casey, C.P.M. delivers Catholicism's timeless tenets. His messages on sin, reconciliation and redemption are hard- hitting... but full of hope for the sinner. This series is an effective tool for use in parish missions, retreats or private study. Please text 07908 105787 to be added onto the latest news list - people will get a text message with updates on the latest activities of this group twice a month.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Solemn High Mass

will be celebrated in the

Extraordinary Form at the
 Immaculate Conception, St Joseph’s Place, Devizes, SN10 1DD

on The Feast of the Annunciation,

Monday 26th March, 2012 at 7 pm.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Bristol area the TNT (Twenties and Thirties) Catholic Group

For those in the Bristol area the TNT (Twenties and Thirtiesish) group may be of interest. We meet at the Channings pub on Pembroke Road, very near Clifton Cathedral from 7 on Sunday evenings and for other Spiritual and social events like the cinema, meals and Prayer groups.

We have a forum at the link below but please contact me if you'd like more information:

Faith Movement's winter conference: "This Holy and Living sacrifice": The Mass: the Heart of the Church at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December

We just thought that the Faith Movement's winter conference: "This Holy and Living sacrifice": The Mass: the Heart of the Church at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December may interest the Young Catholic Adults group. Further information and a booking form are at the link below but please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like further details:

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Christian Art

Steen Heidemann writes about Christian art:-

Making reference to art of the former centuries, Pope Benedict XVI stated (18.11.2009), that sculpture and painting were destined to incite strong impressions on the soul, sentiments that could lead to terminate an existence of depravity, evil and invite the spectator to a life of virtue and a quest for the good. From these demands on the artist there have for centuries been born wonderful pieces of art. It should be noted that one here is not talking about a sterile beauty, but a door which opens to a path leading to Heaven. Works that accompany the faithful in a time frame and a space, different to the ordinary life.

One may ask whether most of Christian art today satisfies these aims and whether to use a phrase of the Holy Father, there is a ‘continuity’ with the past. The paintings presented here aim at beginning to answer the question and to find alternative ways forward better suited to express the message of Christ than what is today termed ‘Contemporary art’ or ‘Financial art’, which often at best accept Christ’s crucifixion, but not His resurrection. This issue – which is largely a semantic distinction - is especially vital to solve in an age where the image has become the king of communication.

This collection is not proscriptive, there is a large diversity of expression; what they have in common is the artist’s courage to brake with the ‘status quo’, to create art with a reference to beauty, truth and goodness and where Christ’s message is clearly, pastorally and attractively presented.. Painters that explore new ways in continuity with the past without copying it, each within his own culture.

It is the hope that this initiative will positively re-lit the torch of Christian art.

For all contacts related to the collection :


· suggestions for other artists

· proposals for exhibitions


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Events at Douai Abbey 9th-11th Sept 2011

Events open to the public - all ages/Parishes/groups are welcome
On Saturday 10th September 11’ at 11am there will be a Sung Mass in the main Abbey Church followed by a Marian Procession around the extensive grounds of the Abbey (starting from the main Abbey Church) at c. 12pm. The Sung Mass will to be Victoria’s Quam Pulchri Sunt (1572), in recognition of the 400th anniversary of his death, and the motet O Sacrum Convivium, sung by Ensemble 1685, please see :-

The Weekend Events (18-35 yrs)
During the weekend of the 9-11 September 2011. Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, it will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board.

* YCA will have half of the retreat centre to itself
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Mass, Low Mass, Confession and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form

Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night . For more details please see:-

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Traditional Masses Cancelled in Cheltenham

There will be no Traditional Masses offered at St. Gregory's in Cheltenham after Thursday 28th July. It would appear that it will not be possible to organise any Traditional Masses at this location for the foreseeable future.

A Requiem Mass organised for the 11th August for the repose of Ashley Hicks (the first anniversary of this death) has also been cancelled.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Chelt Young Catholic Adults Social

We will be meeting at St. Greg's at 8:15pm and then go for a walk + drink afterwards - everyone is warmly welcome.>


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