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.
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. In view of the faithful's spiritual needs, the Priory is in the process of setting up live-stream coverage in the chapel which will allow the public to follow the services of the Community online. The time of the services will be announced soon.
The programme of the Easter Triduum retreat will also be streamed online. Details to follow. Please check this website for updates.
For further enquiries, please contact the Retreat Centre Administrator by phone: 07842 090185 or by email: email@example.com
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 pray 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
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Easter Triduum Retreat (April 8-12) will be held online, without charge. Donations are welcome to cover the expenses incurred. Details of the programme and the online access will be announced soon. Those who have booked to attend the retreat will be able to transfer their deposits to future retreats or request a refund, as desired. Please get in touch with the Retreat Centre Administrator to make your wishes known. (Tel. No.: 07843 090185; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Healing Mass First Tuesdays 7 pm
Carmelite Spirituality Courses
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) launches an online Lenten Retreat this Lent. For details and registration, please go to https://www.oxcacs.org/online-retreat
On-going courses and programmes:
Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS) September 2019 - May 2020
Living Prayer Course 1st weekend of the month from Sept 2019 – May 2020
Spiritual Direction Training Programme September 2019 – July 2021
For other courses and programmes, please visit https://www.oxcacs.org
Family Retreat – May 15–17, 2020 – with Fr Matt Blake OCD
at SPEC Centre, 125 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, London HA5 3EP
A retreat organised by families for families. PULSE specializes in organizing retreats for families.
Come and re-discover the beauty and richness of prayer with your whole family. The weekend is structured around times of teaching and personal prayer for adults; while children participate in a school of prayer specially tailored to their age.
For further information and to book, please contact PULSE at pulse-retreats.com
Pilgrimage to Walsingham
Saturday 27th June, 2020
The annual Carmelite pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham will take place on 27th June this year. The day's programme starts at 11 am with a talk by Fr Matt Blake OCD and finishes at 4 pm. For the full programme please go to (click) Walsingham Pilgrimage.
For further information please contact Joan Macinnes, 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.
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.