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: Frances Bailess (Minster)
Treasurer: Neil Zoladkiewicz (Ealing)
Secretary: Rt Rev Mark Hargreaves (Prinknash)
National Coordinator for 5th World Congress:  To be advised
Website Manager: Roddy Maddocks (Douai)
Lead Writer: Jane Coll (Pluscarden)

Oblate Team Members: Marie Liveing (St Cecilia’s), Thomas Brunnhuber (Douai), Klara Brunnhuber (Douai), Eileen Dutt (WCCM), John McKinlay (Pluscarden), Rev Sr Benedict Gaughan (Minster), Pam Morey (Prinknash), Madelaine Lee (Douai), Nigel Spencer (Douai),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 picture shows, from Left to Right : Roddy Maddocks (Douai); Stephen Day (Prinknash); Klara and Thomas Brunnhuber (Douai); Marie Living (St Cecilia’s, Isle of Wight); Pam Morey (Prinknash); Neil Zoladkiewicz (Ealing); Eileen Dutt (WCCM); Frances Bailess (Minster); Sr Benedict Gaughan (Minster) had to leave early to catch a train.

This was the first meeting of the Team since the 4th International Congress in Rome at the beginning of November.  Ealing Abbey again offered us their hospitality and ten members were present together with Fr Timothy Gorham, their oblate master.
Following the Congress three new oblates have joined the Team – Neil Zoladkiewicz, an Ealing oblate, and Madelaine Lee and Nigel Spencer both Douai oblates.  Neil was present at the meeting and was duly introduced to those members of the Team who had not been at the Congress.
Klara and Thomas gave a very detailed report on the Congress and the Team expressed their deep gratitude to them both for their commitment and dedication which had ensured that the Congress not only ran smoothly but was enjoyed by all who were there.
After some seven years at the helm Pam has stepped down as Chair and Frances has kindly agreed to take over the reins.  The Team thanked Pam for all she had done over the years and Frances will receive their support as the UKOT and the Benedictine communities move forward into the future.
Our next meeting is planned for March.

UK TEAM Following the Congress

Seven members of the Team enjoyed the 4th International Congress in Rome 4-10 November – it is such a wonderful occasion when we are able to meet up with fellow oblates from all around the world.  We have been truly blessed.
When attending each Congress we are always on the look out for new members to join the Team and this Congress was no exception.  Eileen Dutt, who represents WCCM, is looking to step down from her membership of the Team, and we are hoping that another oblate from the WCCM will shortly be joining us.

We are delighted to welcome three new members to the Team – Nigel Spencer and Madelaine Lee from Douai Abbey, and Neil Zoladkiewicz from Ealing Abbey.
We will be meeting before the end of the month when Frances Bailess will be taking over from Pam Morey as Chair of UKOT.


The Keynote speaker at this Congress was Sr Joan Chittister OSB, and her talk is accessible here for those who wish.


UK TEAM Pre-Congress MEETING Sept 2017

The picture shows, from left to right Frances Bailess, Minster; Nigel Spencer, Douai; Pam Morey, Prinknash; Fr Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash; William Cooper Bailey, Alton; Thomas Brunnhuber, Douai; Vicky Lamb, WCCM; Klara Brunnhuber, Douai; Angela Greenwood, WCCM; Henriette Hollaar, WCCM; Neil Zoladkiewicz, Ealing; John McKinlay, Pluscarden.

Five members of the UK Oblates Team met at Douai Abbey on Saturday 23rd September with seven delegates who will be representing their communities at the International Benedictine Oblates Congress in Rome in November this year.  As usual Douai Abbey hospitality was in true Benedictine fashion. 

Klara, the Team National Coordinator for this Congress, together with Thomas, who is the consultant to the UK and International Oblates Teams, gave us a resume of the general programme for the Congress and we were able to get to know some of our fellow delegates.  Nine other delegates attended a pre-Congress meeting in July. 


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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