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.
What's on in November
November 17 Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS): "Ways of Praying: Finding our Personal Response to God" gvien by Fr Jim Noonan OCD
November 30 - December 2 Retreat: "Stay awake, praying at all times, and stand with confidence before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36) - beginning the Advent journey in prayer and meditation. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
What's on in December
December 1 Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS): St Therese: Doctor of Daring Prayer - An exploration of Therese's personal prayer in order to expand and enrich our own given by Rev. Canon John Udris STL
December 7 - 9 Retreat: Advent Retreat - "The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel". Led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD
December 14 - 16 Retreat: "All my cares forgotten among the lillies" St John of the Cross' route to true freedom. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
December 22 Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS): The Heart of Teresian Prayer: Friendship - Divine and Human given by Odile Rimbert NDV
Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS)
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality is pleased to present the Spirituality Enrichment Lecture Series for 2018-9. Top academics, experts, authors and practitioners in the field of Carmelite Spirituality will be speaking at these lectures. They will explore the practice of contemplative prayer and spiritual guidance in the Carmelite tradition. For details, please go to Spirituality Enrichment Lectures.
November 17 Ways of Praying: Finding Our Personal Response to God
Speaker: Fr Jim Noonan OCD
December 1 St Therese: Doctor of Daring Prayer - An Exploration of Therese's personal prayer in order to expand and enrich our own
Speaker: Rev. Canon John Udris STL
December 22 The Heart of Teresian Prayer: Friendship - Divine and Human
Speaker: Odile Rimbert NDV
Place: Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HB
Time: 10 am - 12 noon (9:30 am for registration)
Registration is required for these lectures. The cost of each lecture is £30.
To book a place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01865 735133 (press 2 for Retreat Centre).
November 30 - December 2 "Stay awake, praying at all times, and stand with confidence before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36) - beginning the Advent journey in prayer and meditation. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
December 7-9 Advent Retreat: The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel - a meditation on the wonder of this. Led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD
December 14-16 "All my cares forgotten among the lilies" - the Dark Night of St John of the Cross as the authentic route to true freedom, lasting peace and the fullness of life. Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD
To make a reservation, please go to (click) Booking.
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.