Centres of Spirituality and Prayer

Centres of Spirituality and Prayer

 

Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford   
50 Years ago, in 1961, the Carmelite Order purchased Chilswell House, former home of Poet Laureate Robert Bridges. Since then a community of Carmelite friars has followed a life of prayer and ministry in the spirit of Sts. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.  The Priory is now a Retreat Centre, with 27 rooms.  The Carmelite book service is based here.  It is also the noviciate house.

Tabor Carmelite Priory, Preston   
The Discalced Carmelites came to Preston in 1985 and took responsibility for St Ignatius’ Parish. The conversion of the old farm into a modern, simple, homely retreat house, reflecting the gentle Carmelite spirit of welcome, was completed in 2001. It opened to the public on Sunday 24 September, the feast day of Our Lady of Ransom. Tabor offers an ideal location for those seeking a quiet place for rest and prayer. It is especially suitable for those wishing to get away for a few days on their own in an atmosphere of silence and stillness.

Avila Carmelite Centre, Dublin   
The Discalced Carmelite community in Avila was founded in 1884.  The new Avila centre opened in late November 2006. The focus in the new centre is on day retreats and courses. There is accommodation for self-catering retreats with eight en-suite rooms and two hermitages. Spiritual accompaniment is available from community members.  Avila is also home to two Secular Order groups and a thriving Charismatic Prayer Meeting.

Iona Carmelite Retreat Centre, Derry 
Bishop Edward Daly invited the Discalced Carmelites to open a Retreat Centre in the former Nazareth House, Derry in 1982.  A Carmelite Community of five members has been serving in the Pastoral-Retreat Centre since then.  Carmelite prayer and observance has always been a priority in our life-style while our ministry varies between Retreats, assistance to the different groups that come to the Centre regularly and full-time availability for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or personal spiritual guidance for the faithful.