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.
We need your help
The Carmelite Priory Boars Hill has started a renovation project to meet increased demand for the use of the Priory by many groups. Part of this project has been the conversion of our old garage into a beautiful meeting room and prayer space. We have dedicated this new space to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and called it 'Mount Carmel Room'. To learn more about this vital renovation project, please click Fundraising Appeal to read a letter by Fr Liam Finnerty, the Prior.
The completed work will cost £69,781.00
Please, will you help?
Thank you to those who have generously responded to our appeal. We have received £28,200 to date.
Please help us to reach our target of £69,781.
Please click on the titles below for more information:
Healing Mass First Tuesdays 7 pm
Contemplative Eucharist Third Tuesdays 7 pm
Quiet Days/Days of Recollection
Cherith Days 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 10 am - 3 pm
Carmelite Days for Everyone July 24, Sept. 25, Nov. 29
Lectio Divina EveryThursday 7 pm
Carmelite Spirituality Courses
Short Course on Carmelite Mystics - The Wisdom of St John of the Cross August 5-8
Living Prayer Course 1st weekend of the month from Sept 2019 – May 2020
Spiritual Direction Training Programme September 2019 – July 2021
Retreat Pilgrimage to Spain
November 6 - 13, 2019
This is a pilgrimage to places associated with the life and work of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross – Avila, Burgos, Salamanca, Segovia, Toledo and Valladolid. On each day, there will be presentations from the retreat leaders followed by guided visits to places of interest, to explore various themes which arise from the saints’ writings.
Cost: £880 (double occupancy) / £920 (single occupancy). Accommodation at Casa Natal de Santa Teresa de Jesus, Avila, Spain.
A deposit of £200 is required to book a place on the pilgrimage, and the remainder paid by 1st August, 2019. The deposit is non-refundable.
For enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01865 735133 (press ‘1’).
For more information, please click Pilgrimage to Spain.
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.