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.”
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.