JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION
June 15th – 17th 2018
Ascot Priory, Priory Road, Winkfield Row, Ascot, Berks. SL5 8RT
Tel: 01344 882067
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 6pm. Please try to arrive between 4pm and 5pm to have time to settle in. The retreat finishes after lunch on the last day and rooms need to be vacated by 11am.
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. The Retreat will be conducted will be Fr. John-Francis SMMS who was an Anglican Franciscan for 25 years until released from his Vows in 2002. By then 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.