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.



Carmelite Days 2017

The programme of the Carmelite Days in 2017 may now be viewed from (please click) Carmelite Days 2017

Experiencing Carmelite Prayer Evenings

There will be an opportunity to experience prayer in the Carmelite tradition on some Monday evenings in 2017.  Please go to (click) Carmelite Prayer Evenings.


Retreats Programme in 2017

The Retreats Programme for 2017 is now available. Please go to (click) Retreats 2017 for dates and brief descriptions of the retreats.

Please go to Booking if you would like to make a reservation.


Retreats 2016

Please go to (click) Retreats 2016 for details of the retreat programmes.

Retreats in December:

December 9 - 11 'An inflow of God into the soul' - explaining St John of the Cross' Dark Night led by Fr Matt Blake OCD

December 16 - 18 A quiet weekend reflecting with awe and wonder on the mystery of Christmas led by Fr Matt Blake OCD

To reserve a place on any of the retreats, please go to  Booking.


Carmelite Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2017


The pilgrimage to Walsingham in 2017 will be held on Saturday, 24th June, 2017.

For details, please contact Jane Nicholson (email: jnicholson@faracharity.org)


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 Ordination of Fr Thaddeus Ekuma OCD on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 14th August, 2016 at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock, Kensington, London



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 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.

Mount Carmel Magazine
Mount Carmel Magazine
Volume 64, number 4
October - December 2016
Writing of St Teresa of Avila
Writing of St Teresa of Avila
An Introduction
by Eugene McCaffrey, OCD
John of the Cross
John of the Cross
Season of Prayer
by Iain Matthew, OCD
Elizabeth of the Trinity
Elizabeth of the Trinity
Volume 1
by Joanne Mosley
Elizabeth of the Trinity
Elizabeth of the Trinity
Volume 2
by Joanne Mosley
Infinite Horizons
Infinite Horizons
Through Carmelite Eyes
by James McCaffrey, OCD