St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre

St Beuno's are recruiting
St 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. Spirituality Team MemberWe seek a new team member to help deliver our programme of retreats and training starting in Autumn 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible.  The role will involve directing on the Ignatian Individually Guided Retreats, training and duties...
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...
Andrew Garfield (centre) on BBC One's Graham Norton Show
Andrew Garfield, currently starring as a 17th century Jesuit missionary in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, has been talking about his experience of undertaking a silent retreat at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales. The actor was guest on the Graham Norton Show on BBC One on Friday, alongside Annette Bening, Harriet Harman and Asa Butterfield .Part of the preparation for playing Jesuit priests in the film, Garfield explained, was for fellow actor Adam Driver and himself to...
Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ with Fr Provincial, former General Nicolás and Fr Michael Holman SJ at Heythrop College
Yesterday’s radio airwaves had no shortage of participants from the British Province. On BBC Radio 2, Fr Damian Howard SJ was Clare Balding’s guest on Good Morning Sunday. He had been invited as a guest onto the programme to talk about Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, about 17th century Jesuit missionaries in Japan.Meanwhile, on BBC Radio Wales, Roy Jenkins’ award-winning programme All Things Considered was given over to Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ of Heythrop College,...
Sacred Heart Edge Hill, Credit Michael Button via Flickr
An expert team of spiritual directors is landing in Wimbledon in two weeks to deliver a week of guided prayer or “retreat in daily life” to the community of Sacred Heart parish and Wimbledon College.  Also joining the retreat will be staff from Jesuit Missions and students from Heythrop College.The Jesuits founded Sacred Heart parish in 1887 and Wimbledon College in 1892.  Although they left the parish in 2012, there remain three Jesuit houses on Edge Hill, one of which is...
First year novices with Fr Kevin O'Rourke SJ
The first year novices start their long retreat today at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales.The most important part of the two year formation programme for novices, the 30 day silent retreat is made after the first four months of the novitiate.  In his Constitutions for the governance of the Society of Jesus, St Ignatius required that novices undertake a range of “experiments” to explore their vocations.  Alongside making the 30 day retreat novices...
Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver in 'Silence'. Credit: Kerry Brown
Martin Scorsese’s film Silence – due for release in the UK on 1 January – is as much about addressing extreme moral options as it is about martyrdom, according to the Director of St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday, Fr Roger Dawson SJ compared the challenges to faith portrayed in the film with what many Christians face today.Silence is based on the novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō and tells the story of...
Andrew Garfield with Ben
In November 2014, I was putting my cereal bowl on the trolley at the end of the (silent) breakfast at St Beuno’s when Ben, the Assistant Chef, sidled up to me, inclined his head towards one of the retreatants and whispered, ‘Father Roger, is that Spiderman in the dining room?’  ‘Don’t tell anyone, Ben!’ was the reply. Andrew Garfield, the star of two Spiderman films, supporting actor in ‘The Social Network’ and the lead in Scorsese...
Martin Scorsese directs Andrew Garfield on the set of 'Silence': Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures
Actor Andrew Garfield has been speaking about his experience of undertaking a seven-day silent retreat at St Beuno’s spirituality and retreat centre in North Wales, in preparation for his role in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is due to be released in the UK in the New Year. Scorsese has been passionate about making the film since he read Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name back in 1989; and it is due to receive its premiere in the Vatican within the next few weeks.The...
The interns pictured with their chaplain  Frank Turner SJ
The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme has got underway for its fourteenth year.  Nine interns had a week of formation led by Fr Frank Turner SJ and Fr Paul Nicholson SJ at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales. The scheme, which is run by the Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales, provides recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. This year placements include...

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