Four days of study, prayer and community alongside the monks of Worth Abbey and members of The Wellspring Community. With talks and study, structured around participation in the monastic rhythm of prayer, and space for reflection in the beautiful surroundings of Worth Abbey.
For more than 1500 years, the 6th Century Rule of St Benedict has inspired Christian living in the Western Church, informing a range of Catholic spiritualities, monastic, priestly and lay. At the heart of the Rule is a vision of our human potential transfigured in Christ. This invitation to “share through patience in the passion of Christ, that we may also share in his Kingdom” (RB Prol.) is the subject of these study days in monastic theology and spirituality for young adults. Monastic spirituality is grounded in a profound realism about our human condition, but never loses sight of the “loftier summits” (RB 73) to which Christ both summons us and accompanies us. The Prayer of the Church (Opus Dei), Holy Reading (Lectio Divina), the practice of Mental Prayer, and the key theological themes of the monastic tradition in the West will form the substance of this weekend of reflective living, praying and studying together with the monks of Worth Abbey.
As well as talks exploring key aspects of Monastic Theology, the group will participate in the monastic rhythm of prayer: Holy Mass, the Divine Office, lectio divina, and silence. There will also be time for personal reflection, Adoration, Reconciliation, walks, and building community and friendship.
This event is hosted by the monastic community and The Wellspring Community*; speakers include Br David Jarmy OSB, Fr Mark Barrett OSB and Sr Johanna MeInk OSB of Turvey Abbey. Arrivals: Please arrive from 2:30pm on Wednesday 28th. Mass is at 5:30pm, and Evening Prayer is at 6:45, followed
by supper at 7:15. The Introduction Session will be after supper.
What To Bring: Clothes for rain, suitable shoes for a walk (possibly in mud!), your own Bible if possible, notepad and pen. No towels or bedding is needed: all is provided. Feel free to bring a bottle of something to share for a social evening – wine/beer or soft drinks.
Food: If you have any special dietary requirements please make sure the bookings secretary knows: TOC@worthabbey.net
Accommodation: is in the St Bruno’s retreat centre. Most rooms are shared (please state when booking if you have a preference for a single room) with shared bathroom facilities, though some are en suite.
Cost: £120 (student/unwaged) and £150 (waged). Cheques payable to Worth Abbey Projects. Please send your payment to The Open Cloister when you book (address below). If you need a further subsidy, please enquire.
Getting to Worth: the nearest train station is Three Bridges, and lifts should be possible: let us know an arrival time in advance – call or text Jo: 07595761483. Or taxis are available from the station, and cost approx £12. St Bruno’s is near the main car park for the monastery and church: use the “Worth Church/Abbey” entrance, and not the “Worth School” entrance.
The address is Worth Abbey, Paddockhurst Rd, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 4SB.
Departure: the retreat will finish approx 3pm on Sunday 1st. Lifts back to the station should be available.
To Book: please complete and return the booking form by post or email to The Open Cloister at Worth Abbey.
If you have any questions or concerns, do drop me an email or give me a call. We look forward to seeing you there!
Jo Gilbert and The Monastic Team
The Wellspring Community
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07595761483
Worth Abbey: www.worthabbey.net
*The Wellspring is a Catholic community seeking to live the Gospel with the Rule of St Benedict as our guide. Living a common life of prayer and service, we seek to witness to the Kingdom of God in the city of Brighton.
To download a booking form please click here.