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.
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(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: malleray@fssp.org; website: www.fssp.co.uk/england

Sunday, 3 June 2012

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

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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: guestmaster@douaiabbey.org.uk youth

H/t to http://www.douaiabbey.org.uk.

Young Catholic Adults Douai 2012 - the Guest Facilities

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The Guest House




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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.




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





BL HUGH FARINGDON CONFERENCE CENTRE

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.

LOCATION
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 http://www.douaiabbey.org.uk.

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

                                          Photo: Credit http://www.scholagregoriana.org/

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 http://www.scholagregoriana.org/