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.


"If you love me, keep my commandments," says the Lord, "and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you for ever." (Jn 14:15-16)



Live-streaming of Masses and Community Prayers


Live streaming: 2 links: Carmelite Priory YouTube channel

                                     Carmelite Priory www.dcarmelitesinfo.org.uk

Mass with Morning Prayer:

Every day of the week          9:00 am

Healing Mass:

First Tuesday of the month    7:00 pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Night Prayer:

Daily                                      8:00 pm


Notice of Suspension of Programmes run by the Carmelite Priory due to COVID-19

The Carmelite Community at Boars Hill has decided to suspend all retreat programmes and events until further notice, out of concern for the safety and well-being of our guests and visitors in the current situation of COVID-19. This decision is also taken having regard to the guidance from Public Health England on social distancing measures to reduce the transmission of the virus.

As advised by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, on-site celebration of Masses and services for the public are also suspended. The Priory is covering daily Mass online

For further enquiries, please contact the Retreat Centre Administrator by phone: 07842 090185 or by email: retreat@carmelite.org.uk

The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) will make a separate announcement regarding their courses/programmes. Please check the CACS website: https://oxcacs.org for information.

The Fathers of the Carmelite Community continue to pray for the intentions of all in this time of global pandemic that all may stay safe and well. For advice on how to keep oneself safe during the Coronavirus epidemic, please visit the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

A prayer for deliverance

Gracious God and Lord of all people, we turn to you in hope and entreat you to look with mercy on us all in this time of danger from the Coronavirus. May you bring healing to those who have fallen ill, receive those who sadly have passed away, and protect us from all afflictions. Strengthen our trust in your divine love and help us see others in need and so support one another through this challenging time. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Please click on the titles below for more information:


These programmes are suspended until further notice:

for Preached Retreats 2020

for Individually Guided Retreats

for Carmelite Days/Carmelite Days for Everyone


Healing Mass - go to Live-stream

Healing Mass       First Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 pm

Click here for alternative live-stream link 


Carmelite Spirituality Courses

For courses and programmes run by the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS), please visit https://www.oxcacs.org

Online Pentecost Retreat - Empowered by the Spirit's Breath - 23rd - 31st May, 2020

Breathing Space - Spiritual Accompaniment

Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS) The lectures are now delivered online

The Cave of the Heart: Christian Spirituality in a Time of COVID - by Prof. Peter Tyler on 6th June, 2020

For further information of the above programmes and registration, please go to https://www.oxcacs.org


A series of talks on The Breath and Depth of Christian Prayer (Live Stream)

by Fr Matt Blake OCD

Mondays 10 am and repeated at 8 pm

for 8 consecutive weeks from 18th May, 2020

The sessions will be based on St Teresa of Avila's four stages of prayer and on Chapters 11 - 22 of The Book of Her Life. All are welcome to join: please go to www.stjosephs.org.uk/Live





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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