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.


Change of Mass and Community Prayer Times

The new Mass and Community Prayer Times have been introduced.

Please check them out at (click) Mass & Prayer Times



To see the time of the Easter Triduum services, please click Easter Triduum 2018.


Pilgrimage to Avila – In the Footsteps of St Teresa

1st - 8th October, 2018

Fr Matt Blake OCD will lead a pilgrimage to Avila in the autumn, visiting Toledo, Avila, Alba des Tormes, Segovia, Fontiveros and Medina del Campo. For more information, please go to Pilgrimage to Avila. Reservations may be made through Barbara Thacker whose email address is: barbarathacker57@googlemail.com

Please book early as places are going fast.


A full list of Preached Retreats in 2018 may be viewed by clicking Retreats 2018.

Forthcoming retreats in March:

March 19-22   “The road that leads to life” - preparation for Holy Week and Easter based on the wisdom of St John of the Cross, led by Fr Matt Blake OCD

March 23-25    Palm Sunday Weekend -Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem: its significance for our prayer journey, led by Fr Thaddeus Ekuma OCD

March 28 – April 1     Celebrating the Easter Triduum – “He who seeks not the cross of Christ seeks not the glory of Christ” (St John of the Cross), led by the Carmelite Community

For dates of Individually Guided Retreats, please go to (click) ‘Individually Guided Retreats’.  

To make a reservation, please go to (click) Booking.


Carmelite Days 2018

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.



Walsingham Pilgrimage 2018

Saturday 23rd June, 2018

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

Pre-Pilgrimage Retreat at Dowry House, Walsingham: Tuesday 19th June - Saturday 23rd June

Booking: Email dowryhouse@walsingham.org.uk Telephone No. 01328 821293



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 1
Jan - Mar 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