Spiritual Enrichment Lectures
Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS)
... nurture and enrich your spiritual life
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) at the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford engages top academics, experts, authors and practitioners in the field of Carmelite Spirituality for the Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS). Participants will hear keynote speakers who will explore the practice of contemplative prayer and spiritual guidance in the Carmelite tradition. These talks will be particularly suited to those who wish to know more about contemplative prayer or to deepen their experience of it. They will also be of great relevance to anyone whose ministry involves accompanying others in prayer and spiritual direction.
Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS) 2019
January 5 Praying the Psalms - Fr Vincent O'Hara, OCD
January 19 Art and Prayer: Salvador Dali and St John of the Cross - Dr Cyprian Blamires OCDS
February 2 Contemplative Awareness - Angela Rogerson
February 16 A learning Hidden Deep in the Heart: Reflections from the Third Spiritual Alphabet,
Guide of St Teresa - Julienne McLean
March 2 Praying in the Company of Mary - Anne Harriss, OCDS
March 16 Carmelite Prayer, Mindfulness and Mental Prayer - Prof Peter Tyler
April 6 Centring Prayer - Margaret McNulty
This presentation will include Centring Prayer as a form of silent prayer preparing us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. In this form of prayer we are drawn into a personal relationship with the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from whom we learn how to live in communion of love and friendship with Christ and the members of his mystical body, the Church.
April 13 The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life and Prayer - Heather Ward, OCDS
Taking St John of the Cross’ image of the log in the fire, this presentation will look at John of the Cross’ approach to the traditional concept of the three ways of the spiritual life – the purgative, the illuminative and the unitive, exploring what John means by the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. It will also explore the centrality of the Paschal Mystery and the implications of baptism by looking at John’s poem ‘The Dark Night’ and the Easter hymn ‘The Exsultet’ for an understanding of the dark night experience.
May 4 The Living Flame of Love: Encountering the Mystery - Fr Iain Matthew, OCD
May 18 Feelings, Supernatural Communications and Prayer - Gillian Coxhead
June 1 Discerning Growth/Regression in Prayer - Julienne McLean
June 15 "Lord, teach us to pray." The Perfect Prayer - Fr Tony Parsons, OCD
June 29 Transformed by Prayer - Fr Michael McGoldrick, OCD
Location: Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HB
Time: 10.00 am – 12 noon
Timetable for the Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series
9.30am: Arrivals, Registration and Coffee
10.00am: Introduction and Lecture (Part 1)
10.45am: Short Break
11.00am: Lecture (Part 2, including questions and discussion)
12 noon: Finish
The cost of each lecture is £30, including refreshments.
To reserve a place, please email email@example.com or call 01865 735133 (press 1 for Retreat Centre).