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About the course
The School of Prayer is intended for those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search. It is not intended as an academic programme; the course will be mainly experiential. Participants will be invited to take an active part in spiritual conversation, workshops and small group sharing. It will also include essential reading, intended as a framework and support for the ongoing process of prayer, reflection and growth. For participants, it will offer the opportunity to be nourished by the rich treasures of Christian prayer with particular reference to the Carmelite tradition – and at the same time to explore their own prayer journey and share this experience with others.
The School of Prayer comprises Level I and II. Each level stands alone. You may take Level I and then a break to return to Level II at your own convenience when next it is offered. Level II builds on the modules explored in Level I.
To form people of prayer. The course draws primarily from lived Carmelite spirituality and prepares course participants to be a prayerful presence in the world. The course may also enrich and deepen the prayer life of those who are more at home in other Christian or Catholic traditions of prayer or spiritual formation.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
- To form people of prayer in a ten-week course over ten months
- To encourage an experience of living and praying with an online praying community
- To encourage intimacy with God
- To broaden an understanding of the variety of approaches to prayer
- All graduates of the course will have a deep and comprehensive understanding of the experience of prayer in a way that is enriching and empowering
- An understanding of prayer as an experience of intimacy with God
- The ability to help people to grow in their prayer and spiritual life
- A deep knowledge of the contemplative tradition of Christian spirituality
- An appreciation of our core identity as Beloved of God, informed by insights from Carmelite saints
The School of Prayer is open to all who wish to deepen their experience and knowledge of prayer and to explore the journey of prayer with others. Requirements for the course are:
- Commitment to one’s prayer life
- Heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s prayer experience
- Attendance (we understand that life does sometimes get in the way)
Recognising that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others, we are happy to offer a tiered pricing structure (Sustainable Price and Supported Price) for our courses. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.
Our Sustainable Price for each level of the School of Prayer is £350. This can be paid in instalments.
Our Supported Price for each level of the School of Prayer is £300. This can also be paid in instalments and reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of the course and is intended for those with minor financial need.
To make an application for the supported rate, please contact us: [email protected]
- Monthly live sessions with course instructors and facilitated Group Conversations
- Biweekly release of video resources that support learning
- Ongoing access to course materials in our private and easy-to-navigate learning platform on Thinkific.
- A vibrant community forum for sharing conversation and reflection facilitated by the School of Prayer team
- A Week of Online Individually Guided Prayer
To register please download an application form
Please note: our courses fill up fast and so early registration is strongly recommended. Registration closes on 20th March 2021.
If you wish to enrol please complete an application form and email it to us at [email protected] or send by post to: Director of Programmes
LENTEN RETREAT “Be Drawn to Christ”
From earliest times Christianity has celebrated its sensitivity towards the redemptive work of Christ in its liturgy. The season of Lent is that liturgical season calling powerfully to each Christian to renew the gift of baptism into Christ’s death so as to live anew by the power of his resurrection. Christians journey 40 days and nights imitating Jesus’ desert experience. It is a season when the Christian community responds to the call to trust God more intentionally in a spirit of togetherness.
“Be Drawn to Christ” is a weekly Wednesday invitation to engage your faith journey. Whether you may have shrugged off, or never much committed yourself to, a regular time of praying meditatively – why not let this time be different? Let this mini-series accompany that inner emptiness, call it dis-ease within, that desires God.
On Ash Wednesday, you will receive an email welcoming you to the retreat. Our live-stream sessions will consist of prayer and reflections on chosen themes. On each Sunday of Lent, you will receive Bible Reflections inspired by Carmelite Spirituality, along with short texts for prayers. Each week, you will also receive an email with a link to our website where you will find the resources for the previous week’s reflections (audio, texts and video). These will offer you inspiration for the journey towards Easter, as you continue to access throughout the season of Lent this food for your journey of faith
Places are LIMITED. If you’re interested and wish to find out more, please email – [email protected]
Image credit – Jim Caviezel in his role as Jesus – Sequel to The Passion of the Christ.
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) is happy to announce a new spirituality series — LIGHT for THE WORLD — featuring six exceptional Carmelites – Francisco Palau, Hermann Cohen, Père Jacques de Jésus, Titus Brandsma, Marie-Eugène and Raphael Kalinowski – who lived at a time of much political and social strife yet witnessed to the spirit of true Carmelite humanism. This series will explore their courage and Gospel fidelity. Their witness offers hope and is a beacon of light for us as we navigate our own equally challenging times. The lives of these faithful disciples of Christ will inspire you, give you insights that will transform your life and encourage you in your spiritual journey.
SCHEDULED DATES AND PRESENTERS:
- Sunday – February 7th, 2021 (16:00) UK
Bl. Francisco Palau (1811 – 1872) – Baptiste Sauvage, OCD (Fribourg, Switzerland)
- Sunday – February 21st, 2021 (16:00) UK
Hermann Cohen (1820 – 1871) – Matt Blake, OCD (London, UK)
- Sunday – March 7th, 2021 (16:00) UK
Bl. Titus Brandsma (1881 – 1942) – Anne-Marie Bos, O.Carm (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
- Sunday – March 21st, 2021 (16:00) UK
St Raphael Kalinowski (1835 – 1907) – Marcin Fizia, OCD (Cracow, Poland)
- Sunday – April 11th, 2021 (16:00) UK
Bl. Marie-Eugène (1894 – 1967) – Dorothea Merchiers, NDV (Venasque, France)
- Sunday – April 25th, 2021 (16:00) UK
Père Jacques de Jésus (1900 – 1945) – Heather Ward, OCDS (Derbyshire, UK)
Each Talk will last 90 minutes (45 minutes x 2 with a 10 minutes break in-between). 4 pm UK time.
Each Talk will be recorded and will be available to all those who have registered.
Please email your request to [email protected]
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