The Team

The UK Oblates Team are a small group of volunteer oblates from various monasteries who, since the first World Oblates Congress in 2005, have formed a team to act as a conduit for information for oblates and thus established this website for oblates and monastic communities, who may wish to make use thereof. We want to provide information about oblates and for oblates, and about the different Benedictine monastic communities that exist in Great Britain and Ireland.

Chair: Pam Morey (Prinknash)
Treasurer: Frances Bailess (Minster)
Secretary: Rt Rev Mark Hargreaves (Prinknash)
National Coordinator for 4th World Congress: Klara Brunnhuber (Douai)
Website Manager: Roddy Maddocks (Douai)
Lead Writer: Jane Coll (Pluscarden)

Oblate Team Members: Marie Liveing (St Cecilia’s), Thomas Brunnhuber (Douai), Eileen Dutt (WCCM), John McKinlay (Pluscarden), Rev Sr Benedict Gaughan (Minster), Stephen Day (Prinknash).

To see a full list of the team click here.

We are extremely grateful for any donations received towards the upkeep and running of this website. All team members are self-supporting and seldom seek reimbursement for expenses towards telephone calls, stationary etc, but any assistance you are able to give towards the ongoing expense of website updating will be very gratefully to received. At the moment, it is advisable that any cheques should be made payable to ‘UK Oblates Team’ and sent to:  Frances Bailess, c/o Minster Abbey, Church St, Minster, Nr Ramsgate, Kent  CT12 4HF


The Team met in early June and enjoyed the hospitality of the monks at Ealing Abbey where we began our day together by joining the community at Mass. Klara, the National Coordinator for the UK, and a member of the international team organizing the International Congress of Benedictine Oblates in Rome later this year, gave us a very detailed report. The number of oblates attending from around the world is encouraging although there are still vacancies. The UK delegates will be meeting at Douai in July and September to receive a pre-Congress briefing. We discussed our website which is about to get a facelift and will be launched in the next week or two. We heard that our National Retreat at Douai in March was again a great success and we are looking forward to the 8th Retreat at Mt St Bernard in October next year. Our next Team meeting is scheduled for November – after the Congress – when we will be looking forward to the next year together with perhaps one or two new oblates from the Congress? Watch this space!

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