Welcome to the website of the Carmelite Priory in Oxford.
We are a small community of Discalced (Teresian) Carmelite friars who live their lives in allegiance to Jesus Christ focusing on prayer and retreat ministry following the teaching of Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. Our home, the Priory, also known as Chilswell House at Boars Hill, is former home of the famous English poet Robert Bridges. We bought this house from the Bridges Family in 1961 and turned it into a centre of prayer and spiritual renewal.
Retreats Programme 2017
Retreats coming up:
September 29 - October 1 St Therese of Liesieux - spiritual childhood in St Therese and the challenges of daily living. Led by Fr Thaddeus Ekuma OCD
October 13 - 15 St Teresa of Avila - Her Book of Foundations - what are our foundations based on? Led by Annette Goulden OCDS & Barbara Thacker OCDS
November 24 - 26 What do we mean by 'Carmelite Spirituality'? Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
... and two in December (please go to Retreat 2017 for details)
Please go to Booking if you would like to make a reservation.
Carmelite Days 2017
Please go to (click) Carmelite Days 2017 for the full programme of Carmelite Days 2017.
The next Carmelite Day will be on Wednesday September 20 - Ss Zelie and Louis Martin - brokenness and wholeness in married life. Led by Annette Goulden OCDs.
Experiencing Carmelite Prayer Evenings
There will be an opportunity to experience prayer in the Carmelite tradition on some Monday evenings in 2017 (7:15 pm - 8:30 pm). For dates, please go to (click) Carmelite Prayer Evenings.
The next prayer evening will be on Monday, 11th September, 2017
The Carmelite Priory in Oxford is hidden in the remote area of the Youlbury Woods, set in seventeen acres of woodland and surrounded by beautiful hills of Oxfordshire. It is, together with our retreat centre, an oasis of peace, stillness and prayer. While near to England's two largest cities, London and Birmingham, our retreat centre offers peaceful and green spaces being an ideal place for quiet prayer and meditation. This goes alongside our lifelong commitment to everyday liturgical and personal silent prayer. Therefore, all our guests are always very welcome to join us in this prayer.
The Retreat Centre is run by the community of friars and the Boars Hill Retreat Group. As a team of friars and laypeople working together, we welcome guests of all faiths, nations and social groups, as well as those with no faith who desire to search their own way to the wholeness and the meaning of life. We offer preached and guided retreats, based mostly on Carmelite spirituality and the ancient tradition of prayer. We are also available for private groups and individuals on private retreats. The centre has 27 rooms of which 13 are twin. The Chapel, Dining Room, conference rooms and the majority of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, with no steps. We hope that everyone who comes to stay with us for a while will experience an unforgettable encounter with God and others.
Fr Thaddeus Ekuma, OCD, from the Carmelite community in Oxford, leading the Wednesday Carmelite Day on August 2, 2017 discussing the Pauline inspiration of St John of the Cross.
Fr James McCaffrey, OCD, from the Carmelite community in Oxford, giving lectures on Scripture through the eyes of St Teresa of Jesus. To watch his videos, click the picture above.
Fr Matthew Blake, OCD, giving lectures on St Teresa of Jesus: "Life". To watch his videos, click the picture above.
To watch videos from other members of the Carmelite community, click here.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Teresian Press New Publications & Mount Carmel Magazine
For the Carmelite Book Service online catalogue - please click here.