Spiritual Enrichment Lectures

Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS)

                                                  ... nurture and enrich your spiritual life

As from this autumn, the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) at the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford will be engaging 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.


Saturday 22nd December 2018

The Heart of Teresian Prayer: Friendship - Divine and Human - Odile Rimbert NDV

"Prayer as Relationship" will be presented in this topic as the hallmark of Carmelite prayer. The teaching of Teresa on the Sacred Humanity of Jesus and Jesus' invitation to friendship with him, especially in the Gospel of John, will be explored. Examples of how other Carmelite saints (especially St Therese of Lisieux) have experienced this relationship will also be given. The topic will underscore the important notion that Carmelite prayer is chiefly about love. It will also highlight how preoccupation with 'techniques' can constitute a pitfall that hinders the development of a true love relationship with God that flowers into genuine and life-giving friendships with others.

Odile Rimbert is a Team Leader and Lecturer at the University of London


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 events@cacarmelitesp.co.uk or call 01865 735133 (press 2 for Retreat Centre).

Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS) 2019

Saturdays 10 am - 12 noon

January 5      Praying the Psalms - Fr Vincent O'Hara, OCD

January 19    Painting as Prayer: The Experience of the Sacred in Art - Guillem Ramos-Poqui, PhD

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

April 13          The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life and Prayer - Heather Ward, OCDS

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

To reserve a place, please email events@cacarmelitesp.co.uk or call 01865 735133 (press 2 for Retreat Centre).

The cost of each lecture is £30, including refreshments.


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