CACS - Carmelite Studies



The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) offers the following programmes in September 2019:

Living Prayer: A Carmelite Prayer Course on the Practice and Deepening of Contemplative Prayer and Living 

September 2019 - May 2020

This new Nine-Month Prayer course enables one to practise contemplative living according to one's own lifestyle. The ongoing process of the Course provides an environment in which to integrate contemplative practices into one’s life. This integration is accomplished in part by opening oneself to God as a community and consenting to God’s presence and action individually and communally.

The Course meets one weekend (Friday - Sunday) a month from September 2019 through May 2020. Each weekend includes a review of the previous months’ practice(s), soul-friending, Silent Prayer, talks, sharing and rest. 

Course Dates


September 6-8, October 4-6, November 1-3, December 6-8


January 3-5, January 31 - February 2, March 6-8, April 3-5, May 1-3

The Themes  Each month’s theme is supported by a Spiritual Counsel and Prayer Practice.

First Month – Awareness of God’s Presence and Action

Second Month – Letting Go and Letting God

Third Month – Receiving True Life from the Tree of Life

Fourth Month – Resting in God and Resting from Self

Fifth Month – Simplicity and Contemplative Discernment

Sixth Month – The Contemplative School of Mary

Seventh Month – Forgiveness and Healing in Relationships

Eighth Month – Spiritual Commitment

Ninth Month – Celebrating and Sending forth

For more information, please go to 'CACS - Living Prayer'.


Spiritual Direction Training Programme (Carmelite Tradition)

September 2019 - July 2021

This new two-year Programme builds on an interpretation of the experience of journeying towards intimacy with God as expressed in the life of the Carmelite saints and deriving principles from this for the growth and flourishing of the spiritual life. 

There are four five-day intensives in residence at the Carmelite Priory, Oxford (two intensives per year). The remainder are eight overnights (four per year) at the Carmelite Priory and distant learning through a phased release of materials online, mentor support via Skype and gatherings facilitated by online video conferencing technology.

Dates for First Year

Intensive: September 11-15, 2019

Overnights: November 29, 2019; January 24, 2020

Intensive: March 25-29, 2020

Overnights: May 29, 2020; July 24, 2020

Dates for Second Year

Intensive: September 2-6, 2020

Overnights: November 27, 2020; January 29, 2021

Intensive: March 24-28, 2021

Overnights: May 28, 2021; July 30, 2021

For further information on the above courses or to book a place on the courses, please go to oxcacs.org or email: courses@carmelite.org.uk or phone: 01865 735133 (press 1 for Retreat Centre).

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