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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.

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FUNDRAISING APPEAL

Dear Friend

We need your help

The Carmelite Priory Boars Hill has started a renovation project to meet increased demand for the use of the Priory by many groups. Part of this project has been the conversion of our old garage into a beautiful meeting room and prayer space. We have dedicated this new space to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and called it 'Mount Carmel Room'. To learn more about this vital renovation project, please click Fundraising Appeal to read a letter by Fr Liam Finnerty, the Prior. 

The completed work will cost £69,781.00

Please, will you help?

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Thank you to those who have generously responded to our appeal. We have received £21,130 to date.

Please help us to reach our target of £69,781.

 


Please click on the titles below for more information:

Retreats                                

for preached retreats

for Individually Guided Retreats

Special Masses

Healing Mass                           First Tuesdays 7 pm

Contemplative Eucharist           Third Tuesdays 7 pm

Quiet Days/Days of Recollection

Cherith Days                           1st & 3rd Wednesdays (outside Lent) 10 am - 3 pm

Lenten Desert Wednesday        Every Wednesday during Lent 10 am - 3 pm

Carmelite Days for Everyone     May 29, June 26, July 24, Sept. 25, Nov. 29

Programmes for Lent

Lenten Desert Wednesday        Every Wednesday during Lent  10 am - 3 pm

Seder Meal                              Holy Week - Wednesday April 17  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Easter Triduum (see Retreats)   Holy Week - Wednesday April 17 - Sunday April 21

Other programmes

Lectio Divina                          EveryThursday 7 pm

Dream Group                         EveryThursday 7 pm     

Carmelite Spirituality Courses

SELS Lectures                        1st & 3rd Saturdays 10 am - noon

Short Course on Carmelite Mystics - The Wisdom of St John of the Cross     August 5-8

Living Prayer Course               1st weekend of the month from Sept 2019 – May 2020

Spiritual Formation Course      September 2019 – July 2020

Spiritual Direction Training Programme September 2019 – July 2021

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Beyond Teresa: Explorations of Spirituality after Teresa Avila

Saturday 6th April, 2019

Sr Jo Robson OCD and Prof Peter Tyler are speaking at a day course organized by the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University. This course explores the shape of Carmelite reform after St Teresa of Avila and the impact of her reforms on the wider Christian world, both in Europe and globally. For details, please go to www.conted.ox.ac.uk

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Scripture & Contemplative Spirituality Conference 

12th - 14th July, 2019

  held at the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford

For more information: please click CACS - Conference 2019 or email: info@cacarmelitesp.co.uk or telephone: 01865 735133/730183 (press 1 for Retreat Centre or press 2 for CACS)

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Annual Carmelite Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Saturday June 22

For more information, please click Walsingham Pilgrimage or email: jpmacinnes@gmail.com

 

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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.

Mount Carmel Magazine
Mount Carmel Magazine
Volume 66, Number 4
Oct - Dec 2018
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

 

 

 

       

 

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