ABIDING IN CHRIST
A Retreat for Clergy
at Ascot Priory, Berks
Priory Rd, Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 8RT
from June 11th – 13th, 2019
Building on some of the themes addressed in Enfolded in Christ – the inner life of a priest this silent, preached Retreat will explore them through the prism of the diamond-like Sacred Heart. Believing that we are called to abide in that Heart, Addresses will focus on: Adoration and Solitude, Darkness and Perplexity, Eucharist and Calling.
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 you will find these of help. The retreat begins at 6pm. So 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 and as a spiritual director and pastoral supervisor. When invited he still exercises a priestly ministry and retains ties with the Franciscans.
Cost for full board:
7 single en-suite rooms: £175 (allocated to those who first book them)
7 single (shared facilities): £165
2 twin (shared facilities): £165 per person