Time for God at Stanbrook Abbey

The end of term at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy was marked by a retreat at Stanbrook Abbey, in North Yorkshire. The Abbey made news ten years or so ago when the Benedictine nuns relocated from Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire to a purpose built Abbey five miles west of Ampleforth. Much attention was given to the eco-design of the new community buildings and the beauty of the location and the Abbey Church.

The Abbey has a special link now to the Oxford Chaplaincy because the former Assistant Chaplain, Alex Harrod, who worked alongside a number of Jesuit Chaplains over eight years, joined the community last year and now, as Sr Myriam, is a novice (she is in the white veil in the photo).

The retreat took place over the first weekend in Lent; talks from Sr Josephine and Sr Laurentia gave all plenty to mull over on the threshold of this season; and it was wonderful to be able to be with the community for their sung offices.

Matthew Power SJ, Senior Chaplain, said : "there was no shortage of relaxed downtime for the Oxford group, with walks in the afternoon and lots of good humour and fun during the preparation and sharing of meals. It is hoped that this will become an annual event."