St Beuno's

‘Ignatian Spirituality for a World in Flux’,Conference 30th November – 3rd December 2017Conference InformationIgnatius of Loyola lived at a time when the world was changing dramatically: the ‘old world’ as he knew it was suffering huge upheavals within the Church, and changes to religious belief were being harnessed for political purposes by the leaders of developing nation states; meanwhile Islam in the guise of the Ottoman Empire was still attacking the outer edges of a crumbling Christendom...
I arrived with five other recent graduates at St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre in North Wales, a short taxi ride from the Welsh town of Rhyl. The six of us had been sent to St Beuno’s as part of the induction process for the faith and politics internships offered by Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. After a week of meetings all over central London, the second week was a silent retreat. The contrast on arriving at the centre was palpable.We had all looked forward to this...
Retreat centre: St Beuno's
Spirituality Team Member and Trainee Spirituality Worker Spirituality Team MemberWe seek a new team member to help deliver our programme of retreats and training starting in July 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible.  The role will involve directing on the Ignatian Individually Guided Retreats, training and duties involved with the general running of the centre.  There may be additional responsibilities depending on the applicant’s skills and experience, such as programme...
Damian Howard SJ
Province Retreat 2017: 26th June – 5th JulyFrom Roger DawsonI am delighted to say that Damian Howard SJ, a delegate at GC 36, has agreed to give the Province Retreat in 2017.  The dates are Monday 26th June to Wednesday 5th July.  There will be a brief input from Damian each morning and individual direction for the retreatants.  We will start and end the retreat with some social time.There is a fixed price for this retreat for Jesuits of £450, and for that price we...
Silent retreats – a space where God can take you by surpriseSt Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in the foothills of Snowdonia has been a Jesuit house of learning and prayer since 1848 and a residential retreat centre for 30 years. Tim McEvoy is a new member of the spiritual direction team.Tim’s spiritual journey began as a student at Warwick ten years ago when he participated in a week of guided prayer led by the Jesuit spirituality outreach team.  Whilst doing further...
Old sepia photograph showing internal view of chapel at St Beuno's
In Letters and Notices of March 1966 the following note can be found:A stone in the Rock Chapel at St Beuno’s records: "This stone of the chapel was laid on May 10, 1866, and the chapel was opened on September 24, 1866." It may not be generally known that it was built in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows and as a pilgrimage shrine in reparation for the 64 shrines (we have a map of them) in honour of Our Lady destroyed in North Wales during the Reformation years. It was apparently...
On retreat at St Beuno's
It’s been just over a week since we got back from making the spiritual exercises during our long retreat and us first years are now away again doing our short experiments. I’m down in London, working in a hospice, which is something that definitely pushes my boundaries – it is very much outwith my life experience to date.The long retreat was much more intense than I expected. Spending 30 days in silence and with God is both wonderful and deeply challenging and it has taken me quite a few days...
The retreatants after their 30 days of prayer and reflection
Seven Jesuit novices and two novices for the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) were among the 20 men and women to have just completed the full Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius at St Beuno’s, the Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales.They made this month’s experience of prayer and reflection under the guidance of five ‘directors’, three from the resident team at St Beuno’s, plus the novice directors of the FCJ and the Jesuits.  Those on retreat with the novices included lay men and...
St Beunos
Spirituality Team MemberSt Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre is a large residential retreat house with a team offering a full programme of retreats and courses, especially the Spiritual Exercises, individually guided retreats, courses and training.We seek a new team member to help deliver our programme of retreats and training starting in May 2016 or as soon thereafter as possible. The role will involve directing on the Ignatian Individually Guided Retreats, training and duties involved with...
Groups discussions at St Beuno's
Earlier this month St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales hosted a meeting of 43 Jesuits convened to review the state of the Province six months after the Province Congregation in April, and to help prepare for the 36th General Congregation (GC36) next year in Rome. [The General Congregation is the highest authority of the International Society of Jesus and meets next year for the 36th time since the foundation of the Order, to elect a new General and to discern the future...

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