MEET THE CHAPLAINS
Fr Alban Hood OSB
Fr Alban is a monk of the English Benedictine community of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, where until recently he served as Prior, Novice Master and Choirmaster. After ordination, he taught history and religious studies at Douai School before serving for seven years in the Douai parish of Ormskirk, Lancashire. He is an experienced retreat giver and spiritual director and has contributed to a number of books. He is the author of ‘From Revival to Repatriation: Continuity in the English Benedictine Congregation, 1795-1850’ (St Michael’s Abbey Press, 2014). Among his interests are music, church history, creative writing and walking.
Sr Ann Swailes OP
I grew up in rural Devon and I read English and Theology at Oxford, where I was received into the Catholic Church. I entered the Dominican Order in 2003, and currently live in a small community of sisters based in the Huntingdon Road. I combine my work at Fisher House with studying for a PhD in Theology at Clare College, investigating the relationship between the mystery of suffering and our understanding of the nature of the Church. In my (occasional) spare time, I enjoy choral singing, swimming, reading and writing poetry (good and bad respectively!) and cooking and eating international food.