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.


News of Canonization and Beatification

16th October, 2016     Canonization of Bl. Elisabeth of the Trinity (1880 - 1906) a                                    nun of the Carmel of Dijon

19th November, 2016  Beatification of Fr. Marie Eugene of the Child Jesus (1894 -                                      1967), co-founder of the Institute of Notre Dame de Vie


To learn more about Bl. Elisabeth of the Trinity, please go to http://ocd.ie/index.php/11-spirituality/carmelite-saints/282-bl-elizabeth-of-the-trinity

To learn more about Fr. Marie Eugene, please go to http://ocd.ie/index.php/useful-links/132html


Events for the Beatification of Fr Marie Eugene of the Child Jesus

Day Retreat

Saturday 5th November, 2016     10 am - 5 pm

                                     at Carmelite Church High Street Kinsington, London                                       led by Fr Matt Blake and members of Notre Dame de Vie.

To see the poster for this event, please go to: http://www.carmeliteprioryoxford.com/index.asp?pageid=657585

Pilgrimage in Provence: Marseille - Venasque - Avignon

Thurs 17th - Sun 20th November, 2016      Estimated cost £370

To see the poster for this event, please go to: http://www.carmeliteprioryoxford.com/index.asp?pageid=657586

For further delails of both events, please email: monivarenne@yahoo.fr


Retreats 2016

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

Coming retreats:

November 18 - 20 Exploring the profound wisdom of St Teresa's Interior Castle: sixth dwelling places led by Fr Matt Blake OCD

November 25 - 27 Preparing to enter the Season of Advent - reflecting on the scriptures and the rich prayer tradition they inspire led by Fr Matt Blake OCD

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 Days 2016 

One-day programme of talks and discussions held on Wednesdays. For details, please go to (click) ‘Carmelite Days 2016’. The next Carmelite Day is on 26th October  'Walking in mercy: the healing of the heart of humanity'.


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