ORDO 2018



Carmelite Priory
Boars Hill
Oxford, OX1 5HB
Tel: 01865 730183/322300

Email: Carmelite Retreat Centre

Webpage: Oxford Priory



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.

2015 is a very special year for us. It is the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Teresa. As you can see from our retreat programme this year we are giving a very special emphasis to Teresa.

Teresa said that her first monastery would be “a star shining with great splendour”. Our prayer is that the Carmelite Priory will be a place of light and wisdom for all who come here. Our hope is that every person who comes here this year will receive something of Teresa’s welcome, love and friendship. Our aim is to make the Priory a true place of prayer and community in Teresa’s spirit.

The priory is situated about seven miles from Oxford and is set in seventeen acres of woodland. It has beautiful views of the city of Oxford and the surrounding countryside.
We have 27 bedrooms, 13 of which are twin rooms. The Chapel, Dining Room, both conference rooms and the majority of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, with no steps.

In addition to the organised retreats people are very welcome to come to the priory for a private retreat when space is available. Local people are welcome to attend our retreats on a non-residential basis but meals can only be provided for those who are resident. We try to cater for vegetarian and diabetic diets but we are not in a position to cater for more complex special diets.


Pic B: Saint Therese of Lisieux
Pic C: Saint John of the Cross
Saint Therese of Lisieux:
The text on the scroll reads:
"I feel within me a Holy Daring"
Saint John of the Cross:
The text on the scroll reads:
"My beloved is the mountains strange islands and resounding rivers".


Email: Retreat Enquiries

Charity Number 207738