Clare Priory offers a tranquil environment for those who wish to withdraw from their daily lives and find rest in the Lord. It is the main Retreat Centre of the Order of St Augustine (OSA) for England and Scotland. It is the home of a mixed community of Augustinian friars and lay people, open to both men and women, seeking to live the Christian life according to the Rule of St. Augustine.
"You have made us for yourself, O Lord,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you"
(from St. Augustine: Confessions)
The Community welcomes group retreats from other Parishes or organisations, and has Modern Facilities and sufficient accommodation to host larger groups.
The Community likewise welcomes individuals wishing to share in the daily life and prayer of the Priory or enjoy the house's grounds.
Individuals or groups are also invited to the regular retreats held at the Priory throughout the year, and details of these can be found below on this page.
We lead very busy lives and it is easy for us to forget our own deepest needs. We, each of us, need time apart, a time to be away from our every-day routine. The members of the community here at the Priory are committed to offering this to those who come.
Please Contact the Priory if you wish to arrange a visit or require any further details.
What some people have said :-
“Coming to Clare Priory for a day has helped me to re-set my inner compass after the distracting busyness of everyday life. It helped me to clarify the direction in which I want my life to go.”
“After a day at the Priory I feel completely refreshed, renewed and strengthened. The difficulties I have to face in my everyday life are a little less threatening because I know I do not have to face them alone.”
“When I come to Clare Priory even for a single day I feel accepted, heard and refreshed so that I can return to the home and the office with a lighter step.”
"On Saturday 16th June we had a most interesting day with Julie Hopkins who spoke to us about the Medieval Beguines, groups of women who lived in community in the 13th century, in Europe, and went about doing good. They wrote letters, and poetry for their followers. The movement was suppressed by the male hierachy. Their writings were not discovered until the mid 19th century, and are now being valued for their spiritual content. The day ended with a dance which would have been used by the women, to music typical of the period. We hope that Julie will be able to come again next year to talk about women in England during the same period, the anchoresses and Julian of Norwich. "
Comments from those who have attended our Way of Silence days:
"A masssive thank you for such a restful and helpful day. The balance between prayer and teaching was just right."
"A relaxing day to appreciate peace and quiet in God's presence."
"Lovely, wonderful day in which something finally clicked for me, which I'm sure will help me on my journey."
"Lovely quiet day - just what I needed. Very special day. I'll be back."
"Wonderful day - has opened up new pathways of communion with our Father"
"Thank you for a very fulfilling day. I feel that it has brought balance into my life."
"I have been to 2 days of silence this year for the first time and have truly experienced the presence of the Lord."
To see the year's schedule please visit the Events page. You are welcome to come at any time for spiritual guidance, to join in the daily routine of the Augustinian Community and to enjoy the peace and prayerfulness of Clare Priory.
Clare Priory is here for anyone who feels drawn to a time of quiet. If this strikes a chord with you then please phone and book a day for yourself.