Carmelite Priory
Boars Hill
Oxford, OX1 5HB
Tel: 01865 321991 or 735133
Email: Carmelite Retreat Centre

Webpage: Oxford Priory

Retreat Programme 2014


About the Carmelite Priory

52 years ago, the Carmelite Order purchased Chilswell House, former home of Poet Laureate Robert Bridges. Since then, a community of Carmelite friars has followed a life of prayer and ministry in the spirit of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. Their life revolves around the times of liturgical and personal silent prayer each day.

All guests are invited to join in this prayer. The Retreat Centre has recently been
extensively refurbished and welcomes a wide variety of groups. Set in 17 acres of woodland, and overlooking the ‘city of dreaming spires’, the Centre has 27 rooms, 13 of which are twin. The Centre offers preached and guided retreats, as well as weekends on various Carmelite-related themes.

The Retreat House is also available for private groups and retreats. Members of the community will normally be available for guidance on request. The Chapel, Dining Room, both Conference
Rooms and the majority of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, with no steps.

The Priory is also a House of Formation for the training of aspiring Carmelites.


Pic B: Saint Therese of Lisieux

Individually Guided Retreats - Each participant meets privately with a director each day and spends the rest of the time in prayer and reflection.
Private Retreats
- Many people come to the Priory for Private retreats. They join in the community's prayer, and the remaining time is for personal reflection and prayer with the possibility of some direction from a member of the community.

Pic B: Saint Therese of Lisieux: The text on the scroll reads: "I feel within me a Holy Daring"

Pic C: Saint John of the Cross

The Priory is also made available for groups who wish to use our facilities for their own organised retreats. The main facilities available are; Chapel, Dining Room, and two conference rooms, 25 bedrooms (11 of which may be twin bedded where necessary) the majority of bedrooms are on the ground floor, with no steps, and the extensive grounds.

Pic C: Saint John of the Cross: The text on the scroll reads: "My beloved is the mountains strange islands and resounding rivers".
* Carmel Icons by Lynne Taggart

Charity Number 207738