St Beuno's

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...
Groups discussions at St Beuno's
Earlier this month St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales hosted a meeting of 43 Jesuits convened to review the state of the Province six months after the Province Congregation in April, and to help prepare for the 36th General Congregation (GC36) next year in Rome. [The General Congregation is the highest authority of the International Society of Jesus and meets next year for the 36th time since the foundation of the Order, to elect a new General and to discern the future...
Is this the skull of St John Plessington SJ?
A 337-year-old mystery may be solved if scientists can confirm whether human remains in North Wales are those of the Jesuit-educated martyr, St John Plessington, or another Welsh martyr from the time of the Reformation. Following an examination by a team of forensic scientists, experts concluded that they are the skull and the intact right leg of priest who was hanged, drawn and quartered, probably in the late 17th century. The Bishop of Shrewsbury has now launched an appeal for donors to help...
Roger Dawson SJ makes his final vows
Fr Roger Dawson SJ made is final vows in a mass celebrated by the Provincial Fr Dermot Preston SJ on Saturday.  It is customary to hold these joyful ceremonies on the feast of a Jesuit saint, and this was no exception, Saturday being the feast of St Francis Borgia SJ, third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.Fr Preston’s homily focussed on the example of the life of St Francis Borgia, a man who faithfully served his sovereigns the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Queen Isabel, and...
Since it was built as a theology college in 1948 by the Jesuits, St Beuno’s has always been a place of prayer and inspiration - the great Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ wrote many of his most famous poems in the grounds.The 100 room house, seated on the hillside looking west over the beautiful Vale of Clwyd and with views of Snowdonia, was later used as an infirmary for older Jesuits, as the novitiate during the Second World War and as a base for ‘tertianship’, the last stage of training...
A Song of Songs by Rory Geoghegan SJ
An exciting exhibition of evocative sculptures in wood by Fr Rory Geoghegan SJ (August 21 - September 7)‘Spend time with the sculptures; explore all sides of the piece; wander around them; make your time with them a time of discovery and personal enquiry. Notice how the pieces make you feel.’           Fr Rory GeogheganFr Rory Geoghegan has lived as a Jesuit in various pastoral roles of priestly ministry for over sixty years and is currently engaged in...

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