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Spiritual Exercises Retreat
Full Spiritual Exercises in two
Five years ago we introduced the full Spiritual Exercises
of St Ignatius in three sections for those who could not find the
space to dedicate 30 days at one time to doing the Spiritual Exercises.
This has proved to be very popular with family people and those who
can manage to get 10 days off work, but not a month.
New in 2013 is the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in two sections.
We have planned to fit the Exercises in two, two week slots. We are
hoping too that this will allow for a very natural break in the Spiritual
Exercises and allow for a living of the second 'week' of the Exercises.
Revamp for Spring 3-Month Programme
Two years ago we remodelled the three-month programme
in 'Apostolic Spirituality' to include a School of Prayer and Enneagram
Workshop at the beginning of the Programme. Next year we are planning
to change the second half of the programme.
We shall add three units which can be taken individually
or as part of the three month programme. The three units we have planned
are a rather mediative week on "Finding God in Beauty",
a week to engage the grey cells in "Moral Absolutes - Human Rights"
with Gerry J Hughes SJ and a challenging few days on "The Radical
Vision of Jesus?" with Peter McVerry SJ. Further
PS Pushkin looking for the hare has nothing to
do with these changes!
Rory Geoghegan's new Family sculpture:
An ideal visual stimulus for Christmas and the feast of the Holy Family.
This work is currently displayed in the Chapel Gallery at St Beuno's
We have a page devoted to the works of Fr Rory Geoghegan
Here is a 'before' picture of the
Hopkins Gallery which is due a makeover in January.
As well as giving it a coat of paint we also hope to
present the sculptures of Rory Geoghegan SJ better. Currently the sculptures
stand half on and half off the carpet wth a backdrop of ageing photographs
which does not show them off to their best advantage.
Stations of the Cross: The plain
cross Stations of the Cross which were attached to trees in the grounds
were removed, cleaned and repaired.
They have been replaced along a path which is on
a level with the Hopkins Gallery (Car Park) exit door of the house.
This will mean that the outdoor Stations can be done by people who
cannot manage to climb up steps or slippery slopes and people in wheelchairs.
To make this look better we would like to be able to tarmac this pathway,
and at the same time add a couple of benches to the path. It is a
200 metre stretch so it would cost about £5,000 to have it re-surfaced.
The new Icon of Our Lady of Sorrows for the Rock
Chapel, which was the original dedication of the Chapel has now been
painted (technically 'written') by icon painter Jim McCrave.
The painting has to dry out thoroughly before it can be varnished.
It will be staying in the main house where it it dryer until it has
been varnished. So this coming year, even those who cannot make it
up to the Rock Chapel will have the opportunity to see this beautiful
Because of all the work involved in painting an Icon
this costs £700, so any donation towards it would be appreciated.
2013 BROCHURE POSTED
The new 2013 printed programme has been sent out
by post to those on our mailing list. If you would like a copy, but
haven't received on, then please contact
us. Please let us know too if you have recently changed your postal
address, or if you have received a brochure, but prefer to find out
about retreats and courses we offer by consulting our webpage. The
Website has more details on each retreat than the printed booklet.
2013 Retreat Dates
A few retreats are now full, so if you are thinking of coming
to St Beuno's in the spring or summer, please book soon.
It is likely that the 2013 pilgrimage "In the Footsteps
of Ignatius" will be the last we offer, so if you are
interested don't leave it till next year.
Thanks to all who have donated to our
Bursary Fund or for the Wish
This year we spent about as much on the bursary fund
as we received from your donations, which is just how it should be.
We would like to extend our June offer of very cheap retreats for students
and young people to other times of year. If you are in need
of a retreat, but also in need of money, then see our Young
We also have a number of new items on the Wish
List including new benches for the grounds and hymn books.
The latter are doubly needed as the old ones are getting tatty and with
the new Mass translation we need books with the new wording in.
If you have found your retreat a valuable experience
you may like to help others who can't really afford a retreat by remembering
our busary fund in your will.
Big Silence goes International
The Big Silence has recently been broadcast in Sweden and Holland
and has encouraged people from those countries to apply for retreats
in St Beuno's. Holland is in the process of making their own 'celebrity'
version of the Big Silence - it took us a long time to persuade
them that it would be best to set it in one of our sister houses
in Flemish-speaking Belgium as they wanted to come to us to film.
Many of those who give retreats and courses at St Beuno's have
published books, often on the themes they cover with us. The Online
Bookshop has been brought up to date.
- Gerry J. Hughes
- Gemma Simmonds
- Hilary Alflatt,
- Peter McVerry
- Philip Endean
- Michael Kirwan
- Michael Paul Gallagher
There is a display of publications by our presenters online at
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Looking forward to seeing you at St Beuno's again soon.
David Birchall SJ,