Retreats

United Christian Broadcasters recently produced a fascinating programme about retreats. One of those interviewed is Fr Roger Dawson SJ, Director of St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, who shared his thoughts about silent and guided retreats.The full interview can be accessed via the United Christian Broadcasters app. Alternatively, to listen to the programme click here. Fr Roger’s interview starts 32 minutes in. Here are some excerpts:“I think we have a silence-phobic culture and a...
Aled Jones in north Wales for 'Songs of Praise'. Courtesy: BBC
Broadcaster and singer Aled Jones stopped off at St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat and Spirituality Centre recently, when he visited north Wales to film an episode of Songs of Praise. He was following the pilgrim trail to Bardsey Island, reputed to be the resting place of 20,000 saints.Bardsey Island (Welsh: Ynys Enlli) lies less than two miles (3.1 km) off the Llŷn Peninsula in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. Saint Cadfan built a monastery on it in 516, and it has been a major centre for pilgrimage...
A JourneyOn Ash Wednesday, 2006, Pray As You Go set out with a mission to help commuters meet with God on their journey into work. Armed with music and the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, creator Fr Peter Scally SJ established one of Jesuits in Britain’s most successful ministries. 10 years on, Pray As You Go helps people all over the world not only with their journeys into work, but also on their journeys of faith.The daily 10 minute podcasts – of scripture readings,...
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...
The Ignatian Spirituality Centre Glasgow is offering a non-residential individually-guided weekend retreat in November. This is an ideal opportunity to try a short retreat.There will be some input on the theme ‘Prayer in a Busy Life’ with suggestions from scripture and from the tradition of prayer associated with St Ignatius Loyola. We will try to retain an atmosphere of quiet within the Centre during the days of this retreat. There will be space for quiet and creative reflection...
Bernard Basset was born in London in 1909.  He was educated at Hodder and Stonyhurst and entered the noviciate in 1927.  He spent some years as a teacher and in parishes at Bournemouth and the Scilly Isles (where he became friends with Harold and Mary Wilson).  He was described as “one of the great priests in England and Wales in the 50s.  He certainly put the laity on the map.  Many of his actions were in advance of the Decree of the Apostolate of the Laity of the...
I was a first year undergraduate at Manchester University studying Chemistry.  It was the wrong course and I was deeply unhappy.  A friend suggested I spend a couple of days at Loyola Hall Jesuit Spirituality Centre praying about what to do.   A wise spiritual director avoided counselling me and instead sent me off to pray with Isaiah 43:1-5: “If you walk through fire you will not be burned . . . you are precious in my eyes, you are honoured and I love you”....
I have been working in the field of Ignatian spirituality since 1978, shortly after ordination, in most of the retreat or spirituality centres of the Jesuits in Britain. My final formation year as a Jesuit was spent in an international group in Japan and the Philippines. In that year I was drawn to the shared insights of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Zen practice. I found it an enriching time which opened my own spiritual horizons in a significant and inclusive way. Since that time I...
Set in the rolling hills of North Wales, with views of the sea and Snowdonia, St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in St Asaph provides the perfect environment for people seeking the space to reflect on the presence of God in their lives and in the world. St Beuno’s dates back to 1848, having being built originally as a place of study for Jesuits. Its architect was Joseph Aloysius Hansom (of Hansom Cab fame). The fine stone buildings give a grand impression over the Welsh countryside, while...
Have you ever met a red-haired Tanzanian? Well, now you have! My father worked for UNESCO as a teacher-trainer. This meant that, as a family, we had the opportunity of living in the most wonderful countries. Having been born in Dar es Salaam I grew up in Fiji in the South Pacific. You can imagine my confusion aged eight on arriving at the Jesuit school of Stonyhurst in deepest, darkest Lancashire. “There must be some mistake. My parents must have lost their senses … beaches, palm trees, the...