Preached Retreat Programme
Each of these weekends begins with a meal at 6.30pm on Friday evening and ends on Sunday after lunch. There will be at least four talks and the opportunity to join the resident Carmelite Community for Eucharist and Prayer. There will also be time for personal prayer, reflection, reading and rest. We try to keep an atmosphere of silence in the house throughout these retreats.
October 13 - 15 Using Teresa's Book of Foundations and asking ourselves what are our foundations built on? We will be looking at how St Teresa can help us to enhance and deepen our faith.
Annette Goulden OCDS & Barbara Thacker OCDS
November 24 - 26 What do we mean by 'Carmelite Spirituality'?
We reflect on this great treasure the Holy Spirit has given to the Church. We draw inspiration from the lived experience and the many varied expressions of this wisdom.
"In the twenty-first century of division and strife Carmel must be a silent but dynamic witness that the Gospel is relevant; that God is not only alive, but that He is Life; that God is not only loving but that He is Love; and that this love is the hallmark of his followers." (Pope John Paul II)
Fr Matt Blake OCD
December 8 - 10 Advent Retreat - Feasting on the Spirit's Peace
"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day a saviour who is Christ the Lord and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Prince of Peace ...." (Isaiah 9:6)
This Prince of Peace can give us the gift of the wonderful peace that transcends all human understanding whether you are struggling with stress, raising children in our complex world, facing health issues, career/job challenges or life decisions. This Advent retreat will furnish the space that can allow you to experience that amazing gift of the true Peace that transforms lives. Learn new insights into how through Word and Sacrament, the divine promises can reassure, comfort and strengthen you in times of troubles and trials, making divine peace your daily experience.
Fr Alexander Ezechukwu OCD
December 15 - 17 St John of the Cross - Reflecting on John's poem and book Spiritual Canticle in the context of Advent and Christmas.
"The first thing a person desires to do after having come a long distance is to see and converse with a deeply loved one; similarly, the first thing the soul desires on coming to the vision of God is to know and enjoy the deep secrets and mysteries of the Incarnation and the ancient ways of God dependent on it."
Fr Matt Blake OCD
Individually Guided Retreats
During these retreats participants will meet with their director each day. There is also the opportunity to join the Carmelite Community for Eucharist and Prayer.
We try to keep an atmosphere of silence in the house during these retreats.
July 3 - 9 Directors include: Sue Pacey OCDS & Anne Donald OCDS
August 7 - 13 Directors include: Barbara Thacker OCDS & Janet Saywood
September 4 - 10 Directors include: Annette Goulden OCDS, Anne Donald OCDS, & Fr Paul King
In addition to the organised retreats people are very welcome to come to the priory for a private retreat when space is available. Local people are welcome to attend our retreats on a non-residential basis but meals can only be provided for those who are resident. We try to cater for vegetarian and diabetic diets but we are not in a position to cater for more complex special diets.
All payments for retreats are by voluntary offering. No one should decline to come on retreat for financial reasons. Those who give a little extra help to support those who cannot give the full amount. The following are our suggestions to cover our costs:
Day (24 hours with full board): £ 55
Weekend: - Single room £ 110
- Sharing £ 90 (per person)
6-day Guided Retreat: - Single room £330 - Sharing £270 (per person)
Deposits (non refundable)
Weekends: £20; Longer retreats: £40
Please make cheques payable to Carmelite Priory.
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Carmelite Priory in Oxford, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5HB, phone: 01865 735133 or 01865 730183