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Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7 5TQ

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Dom Geoffrey Scott - Abbot
Rev Dom Benjamin Standish - Prior
Very Rev Dom Finbar Kealy -
Rev Dom Peter Bowe -
Rev Dom Christopher Greener -
Rev Dom Simon Hill - Assistant Bursar
Rev Dom Gervase Holdaway -
Rev Dom Oliver Holt - Bursar & Guestmaster
Rev Dom Gabriel Wilson - Parish Priest
Rev Dom Boniface Moran -


Phone 0118 971 5300
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Nearest Catholic Schools

St Finian`s Primary School, Thatcham (3.8 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

Our Lady & St Bernadette, St Luke, St Mary, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton (0 miles)
Our Lady & St Bernadette, St Luke, St Mary, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton (0 miles)
St Michael and St Oswald, Tadley (3.8 miles)
Our Lady of the Assumption, Thatcham (3.9 miles)
Our Lady & St Bernadette, St Luke, St Mary, Douai Abbey, Theale (4.4 miles)

Nearest Schools and Churches are calculated `as the crow flies` and may not be the closest or easiest when travelling.

About Benedictines Congregation

Douai Abbey`s pastoral Programme offer retreats, lectures, talks and workshops on a variety of scriptural, liturgical and theological subjects. The Community has care of the Woolhampton parish. A Monk is available for Confessions in Douai Abbey Church, weekdays 7-7:30 am and 6:30-7pm. Otherwise by request at the churches.

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Parish: Our Lady & St Bernadette, St Luke, St Mary, Douai Abbey

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What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

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What is an Archdiocese?

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

What is a Diocese?

The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

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As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

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Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia