This weekend retreat, set in the context of silence, invites you to enter into the compassionate heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father; the Heart in Silence; the Heart of Compassion, the Heart’s Gaze and the Heart’s Softener. It is an offering of this ecumenical Spiritual Association whose charism will inform the Retreat but which is open to all regardless of whether or not you are a Companion or Associate of the Association.
There will be a celebration of the Eucharist and half-an-hour of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for communal silent prayer each day but no expectation that you should take part – just a hope. The retreat begins at 5.15pm so please try to arrive between 4pm and 5pm to have time to settle in. It finishes after lunch on the last day and rooms need to be vacated by 11am.
Retreats – what to expect Some useful notes are available here.
Silence can be awkward or even rather frightening for some so the ecumenical Retreat Association have published a helpful article on silence which can be found here.
Programme – the proposed Programme, giving information about the shape of the Retreat, is available here.
Ascot Priory was home to the Society of the Most Holy Trinity, founded in 1861 and the first Religious Order for women in the Church of England since the Reformation. Here are some pictures of the Priory:
Fr. John-Francis SMMS will conduct the Retreat. He was an Anglican Franciscan for 25 years until released from his Vows in 2002 by which time he had become parish priest of S. Andrews’, Romford where he remained until 2011. During that time he trained on the Ignatian Spirituality Course and began teaching at the then London Spirituality Centre (now the London Centre for Spiritual Direction) where he continues to work both as a Tutor on the Course Exploring Christian Spirituality, and as a spiritual director and pastoral supervisor. When invited he still exercises a priestly ministry and retains strong ties with the Franciscans.