St Beuno's

This month marks the 170th anniversary of the opening of St Beuno’s, a College dedicated to the 7th century Welsh Abbot, confessor, and patron saint for sick children and against diseased cattle. To celebrate this occasion we have taken a look back at the rich history of the former Jesuit College-turned-Retreat centre, found within material in the archive.Completed in October 1848 St Beuno’s was built to relieve the growing numbers of prospective Jesuit priests putting a strain on Stonyhurst...
St Beuno's director Fr Roger Dawson SJ has recently written about the latest news and projects currently happening at St Beuno’s on Pathways to God:Two new team members have been appointed as Trainee Spirituality Workers. Shona Cahill has just started at Easter and Sister Josephine Badali will start in July. Both of them completed the Ten Week course in Spiritual Direction last year and the team looks forward to welcoming them soon.There had been three building projects running in the last few...
Colloquy Enfolded in Christ. Photo Credit: John Liston
Ten works by the Jesuit artist and sculptor Fr Rory Geoghegan SJ have recently gone on display in the intimate surroundings of St Asaph Cathedral, just down the road from St Beuno’s. Arranged in different parts of the building to invite prayerful reflection, the sculptures have already been an inspiration to the regular worshipping congregation and are expected to attract many more visitors throughout Eastertide and beyond.Entitled ‘Spirituality in Sculpture’, the exhibition reflects on a...
I arrived with five other recent graduates at St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre in North Wales, a short taxi ride from the Welsh town of Rhyl. The six of us had been sent to St Beuno’s as part of the induction process for the faith and politics internships offered by Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. After a week of meetings all over central London, the second week was a silent retreat. The contrast on arriving at the centre was palpable.We had all looked forward to this...
Retreat centre: St Beuno's
Spirituality Team Member and Trainee Spirituality Worker Spirituality Team MemberWe seek a new team member to help deliver our programme of retreats and training starting in July 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible.  The role will involve directing on the Ignatian Individually Guided Retreats, training and duties involved with the general running of the centre.  There may be additional responsibilities depending on the applicant’s skills and experience, such as programme...
Silent retreats – a space where God can take you by surpriseSt Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in the foothills of Snowdonia has been a Jesuit house of learning and prayer since 1848 and a residential retreat centre for 30 years. Tim McEvoy is a new member of the spiritual direction team.Tim’s spiritual journey began as a student at Warwick ten years ago when he participated in a week of guided prayer led by the Jesuit spirituality outreach team.  Whilst doing further...
Old sepia photograph showing internal view of chapel at St Beuno's
In Letters and Notices of March 1966 the following note can be found:A stone in the Rock Chapel at St Beuno’s records: "This stone of the chapel was laid on May 10, 1866, and the chapel was opened on September 24, 1866." It may not be generally known that it was built in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows and as a pilgrimage shrine in reparation for the 64 shrines (we have a map of them) in honour of Our Lady destroyed in North Wales during the Reformation years. It was apparently...
On retreat at St Beuno's
It’s been just over a week since we got back from making the spiritual exercises during our long retreat and us first years are now away again doing our short experiments. I’m down in London, working in a hospice, which is something that definitely pushes my boundaries – it is very much outwith my life experience to date.The long retreat was much more intense than I expected. Spending 30 days in silence and with God is both wonderful and deeply challenging and it has taken me quite a few days...
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...
St Beunos
Spirituality Team MemberSt Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre is a large residential retreat house with a team offering a full programme of retreats and courses, especially the Spiritual Exercises, individually guided retreats, courses and training.We seek a new team member to help deliver our programme of retreats and training starting in May 2016 or as soon thereafter as possible. The role will involve directing on the Ignatian Individually Guided Retreats, training and duties involved with...

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