St Beuno's

Fr Rory Geoghegan has lived as a Jesuit in various pastoral roles of priestly ministry for over sixty years and is currently engaged in retreat works and sculpture as part of his ministry at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, North Wales.Born in Shipley in 1931, Rory joined the Jesuits in 1949 and was ordained in 1962.  He later studied at Oxford Tech and Sunderland College of Art (1964-68) before returning to chaplaincy work in Bristol where he was also engaged as a sculpture...
 I recently had the privilege of attending a course at St Beuno’s Retreat Centre in Northern Wales, exploring ideas around what it means to live and work "in an Ignatian way".I only discovered (or did I get discovered by..?) Ignatius and his spiritual legacy in the last five years or so, but I have found it resonates deeply with my lived experience. It has empowered me in this faith life journey I am travelling and I thank God that this man, living 500 years ago, stuck in a bed with only...
A St Beuno's residential short course.Roger Dawson SJ, a qualified clinical psychologist and spiritual director, will use psychological knowledge and research that is relevant and useful to spiritual direction and the Exercises. This course will end after lunch on the final day.Suggested Offering:   En-Suite: £215     Standard: £194    Simple: £176Please download and complete the booking form  bookingformthemed.doc The course will be...
Many people are interested in psychology — because it is really interesting! This day will explain and explore four important theories in psychology, including Milgram’s Study of Obedience, Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, and Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development.This workshop is led by Fr Roger Dawson SJ, a Jesuit priest and clinical psychologist. He is the Director of St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Wales.The workshop is intended to be interesting more than practically...
         If your life is a busy one, with many cares and concerns, then you would probably benefit from a time of quiet prayer and reflection.  You may find that you return home from a retreat in a more peaceful and consoled frame of mind.  You may well just want time for yourself and your God.  Time to devote to prayer, tell your story to a retreat guide who is an open and accepting listener.  When you come on retreat...
Croos, Dawson and Patterson at St Beuno's
For the past month, six young Jesuits have been involved in their core ministry in North Wales, as Dr Nicholas Austin SJ explains.‘Block out your calendars from mid-July to the end of August 2014.  I’ll tell you what it’s about later.’That was the mysterious message six young Jesuit priests recently received from Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.  All of us were wondering what our superior had up his sleeve.  We form a diverse...
The Exercises, Sin and Salvation Today is the title of a four-day seminar at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales at the end of June. It will be led by Fr Philip Endean SJ (pictured), formerly editor of The Way and a lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London. He is currently teaching in Paris.Philip will lead an exploration of the place of Sin and Salvation in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola by looking at these key elements in the Ignatian process...
Set in the rolling hills of North Wales, with views of the sea and Snowdonia, St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in St Asaph provides the perfect environment for people seeking the space to reflect on the presence of God in their lives and in the world. St Beuno’s dates back to 1848, having being built originally as a place of study for Jesuits. Its architect was Joseph Aloysius Hansom (of Hansom Cab fame). The fine stone buildings give a grand impression over the Welsh countryside, while...
I was born in London in 1954, and educated at Bishop Challoner School in Beckenham and by the Jesuits at St John's Beaumont and Stonyhurst College. I then read English at Merton College, Oxford, before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1977. I studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, University of London, punctuated by a year of pastoral work in Mexico. Before ordination in 1985, I also did a masters degree, specialising in Jesuit history, at what was then Weston School of...
My background is not really typical.  I was an infantry officer in the British Army for eight years, and if someone had told me when I went to Sandhurst that one day I would be a Jesuit priest I would have laughed at the absurdity of the idea.  If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans … I then left the Army, went to Durham to read psychology, and then went on to Newcastle University to train as a clinical psychologist.  I worked in the NHS for six years in adult...

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