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.
What's on in October
October 20 Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS): Drawing from the Wellsprings of Scripture - the Biblical Roots of Carmelite Prayer given by Fr Craig E. Morrison O. Carm.
October 31 Carmelite Day: The addictive culture that we now live in and how the Gospel of Jesus meets this problem led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD
What's on in November
November 2–4 Retreat: Healing the Wounded Tree: prayer life and the cost of forgiveness led by Thaddeus Ekuma OCD
November 3 Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS): Prayer and the Way of Transformation given by Fr Philip McParland OCD
November 17 Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS): "Ways of Praying: Finding our Personal Response to God" gvien by Fr Jim Noonan OCD
November 30 - December 2 Retreat: "Stay awake, praying at all times, and stand with confidence before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36) - beginning the Advent journey in prayer and meditation. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS)
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality is pleased to present the Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series for 2018-9. Top academics, experts, authors and practitioners in the field of Carmelite Spirituality will be speaking at these lectures. They will explore the practice of contemplative prayer and spiritual guidance in the Carmelite tradition. For details, please go to Spirituality Enrichment Lectures.
October 6 Personality, Experience and Prayer
Speaker: Fr Liam Finnerty OCD & Anne Donald OCDS
October 20 Drawing from the Wellsprings of Scripture - the Biblical Roots of Carmelite Prayer
Speaker: Fr Craig E. Morrison O. Carm
Place: Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HB
Time: 10 am - 12 noon (9:30 am for registration)
Registration is required for these lectures. The cost of each lecture is £30.
To book a place, please email: email@example.com or phone: 01865 735133 (press 2 for Retreat Centre).
November 2–4 Healing the Wounded Tree: prayer life and the cost of forgiveness led by Thaddeus Ekuma OCD
November 30 - December 2 "Stay awake, praying at all times, and stand with confidence before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36) - beginning the Advent journey in prayer and meditation. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
December 7-9 Advent Retreat: The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel - a meditation on the wonder of this. Led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD
December 14-16 "All my cares forgotten among the lilies" - the Dark Night of St John of the Cross as the authentic route to true freedom, lasting peace and the fullness of life. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
To make a reservation, please go to (click) Booking.
The Carmelite Days are days of reflection on our Carmelite heritage, with a talk and time for recollection.
The dates for 2018 are now available. For dates, details of topics and speakers, please go to (click) Carmelite Days 2018.
The next Carmelite Day is on Wednesday October 31 - Healing Addiction. A day of reflection on the addictive culture that we live in and how the Gospel of Jesus meets this problem for our time. Led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD. The talk starts at 10:30 am.
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.