CACS - Carmelite Studies
CENTRE FOR APPLIED CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY (CACS)
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) will launch the following programmes in September 2018:
School of Prayer
The School of Prayer is intended for those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search. It is not intended as an academic programme; the course will be mainly experiential. Participants will be invited to take an active part in spiritual conversation, workshops, and small group sharing. It will also include essential reading, intended as a framework and support for the ongoing process of prayer, reflection, and growth. For participants, it will offer the opportunity to be nourished by the rich treasures of Christian prayer with particular reference to the Carmelite tradition – and at the same time to explore their own prayer journey and share this experience with others.
The course will include the following: experiential sessions in which aspects of Carmelite prayer in the mystical tradition of Elijah, Saint Teresa of Jesus, Saint John of the Cross, and Saint Therese of Lisieux will be explored. A wide range of themes will be offered including: Biblical Ways of Prayer, Models of prayer (our pathfinders in the journey of prayer), Difficulties in Prayer (obstacles on the path), Aids to Prayer, Invitation to Prayer (Opening the heart to receive God’s gift of himself), Ways of Praying (Finding our personal response to God), Praying with the Scriptures (Lord, teach us how to pray), Listening to Silence (Prayer of silence, listening, and presence), Contemplative Awareness (Living a prayer-full life), Meditation (Finding a pathway to the heart), Prayer and Life (The fruit of prayer in love and service), and Transformative Prayer (The Fiery Nights and the Summit of Union).
Individual prayer guidance will be offered as an essential part of the School of Prayer, and the Week of Individually Guided Prayer will be an integral part of the course.
The School of Prayer is open to all who wish to deepen their experience and knowledge of prayer and to explore the journey of prayer with others. One does not need to be a Carmelite or even know much of Carmelite spirituality to be part of the programme. All that is necessary is a commitment to one’s prayer life and a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s prayer experience.
The programme will be offered on every first and third Saturday of the month, during term time in addition to the Week of Individually Guided Prayer (dates to be confirmed later). The first Saturday programme starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., while the third Saturday programme begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12.30 p.m. On the first Saturdays, lunch is included.
Autumn Term 2018
September 1 & 15, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, December 1 & 22 (4th Saturday)
Spring Term 2019
January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16, March 2 & 16, April 6 & 13
Summer Term 2019
May 4 & 18, June 1, 15 & 29, plus Week of Individually Guided Prayer (TBC)
£800 (There will be a bursary for those who may need it.)
Prayer Guides Course: A Training Programme in Prayer
The aim of this new course is to train participants as ministers of prayer who help others to pray and flourish in their prayer life. The course will explore the dynamics of prayer both in one-to-one settings and in prayer group meetings and workshops. The training will be based on Carmelite Spirituality in the mystical tradition of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Saint John of the Cross, and Saint Therese of Lisieux.
The course will include the following: experiential sessions in which aspects of Carmelite prayer will be explored, biblical ways of prayer, reflections on the experience of prayer, listening skills and relationship dynamics, basic skills for leading prayer sessions, models of prayer, difficulties in prayer, and aids to prayer.
A sample of the themes for the first term of the course, the Michaelmas Term:
- Introduction to the Ministry of Prayer – Fundamentals and Principles
- Responsibilities in Facilitating Prayer
- Skills in Prayer Ministry
- Resourcing and Developing Prayer Practice – Building a Portfolio
- Traditions and Forms of Christian Prayer
- Introduction to Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition
- Standing before the Face of God – The Heritage of Elijah
- Aids in Prayer Practice – Spiritual Models
- Introduction to the Spirituality of St Teresa
- Prayer and the Way of Transformation
- The Be-Attitudes of Prayer – The Gospel Foundations
- Aids in Prayer Practice – Spiritual Journaling: Gateway to the Self
- Overview of Teresa’s Four Stages of Prayer
- The Heart of Teresian Prayer – Friendship with God
- “Techniques in Prayer” – Avoiding Pitfalls
- Aids in Prayer Practice – Spiritual Reading: Nourishment for the Spirit
Throughout the year, students will be asked to:
- Prepare a Short Reflection Paper Each Month
- Keep a Journal
- Keep a Portfolio
One does not need to be a Carmelite or even know much of Carmelite spirituality to be part of the programme. All that is necessary is a commitment to one’s prayer life and a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s prayer experience and in accompanying others who turn to them for support on their spiritual journey.
The programme will run every first and third Saturday of the month, during term time including three weekends (Friday - Saturday). The first Saturday programme starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., while the third Saturday programme begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The weekend programme begins on a Friday at 6 p.m. and ends on the Saturday at 4 p.m. Supper on Fridays and lunch on Saturdays are included.
September 1 & 5, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, December 1 & 21-22
January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16, March 2 & 16, April 6 & 12-13
May 4 & 18, June 1, 15 & 28-29
£1,100 (There will be a bursary for those who may need it.)
Coming in 2019 - Spiritual Guides Course: a Training Programme in Spiritual Direction
The programme builds on an interpretation of the experience of journeying towards intimacy with God as expressed in the life of Carmelite Saints and deriving from this principle for the growth and flourishing of the spiritual life. Carmelite Spiritual Direction, therefore, is rooted in the spirituality of the Carmelite tradition. At its heart is a prayerful listening and response to the God who befriends us and expressing this experience through a life of contemplative awareness and friendship with one another.
For further information or to book a place on the courses, please go to www.cacarmelitessp.co.uk or email: email@example.com or phone: 01865 680808