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.
Please go to (click) Retreats 2016 for details of the retreat programmes.
September 23 - 25 Mercy in the spirituality of St Therese of Lisieux led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD
September 30 - October 2 The House of Mercy: at home with the Divine Potter led by Fr Alexander Ezechukwu OCD
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
... and more (see Retreats 2016)
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 September 7 'Deep loneliness and pain - Therese of Lisieux'.
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: email@example.com)
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.
Br. Thaddeus Ekuma OCD. made his Solemn Profession during Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2015, at the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford.
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.