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Chaplaincy 2020 May Retreat at Belloc abbey


“A Rule of Life – Living Discipleship”

Join us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: arriving on either Thursday or Friday 7th/8th May - Sunday 10th May 2020.

Throughout history, many Christians have found it useful to adopt a structured approach to their life of discipleship. This is perhaps most immediately obvious in monastic communities such as those that we encounter in our visits to Belloc.

From the earliest monastic communities founded by St Anthony the Great – known as the Desert Fathers – a Rule of Life has been a universally recognized aid to discipleship the life of Christian communities and individuals.

Clare Amos, the Diocesan Director of Lay Discipleship, has written:

“The concept of a Rule of Life is a tried and tested Christian practice. Although it has its roots in the monastic life, many Christians of all traditions, (including Anglicans) have found that adopting a simple ‘rule’ can be a valuable aid towards shaping and structuring their lives, enabling us to walk more closely with Christ. ... We hope to help people live out more fully our Christian discipleship and to mark ourselves intentionally as members of communities desiring to be faithful to Christ.”

At this year’s Chaplaincy Retreat we will be exploring together how a Rule of Life could help us, individually and as a Chaplaincy, to follow more closely the path on which Christ is leading us.

Sadly, it has recently been announced that the Abbey at Belloc will, in the next year or so, be closing and the brothers will be moving to join the Sisters of Ste Scholastique at their convent down the road. The Abbey will be handed over to a housing charity (Fondation Habitat et Humanisme) for use as a retreat centre and spiritual resource for their employees, volunteers and residents. This means that this may well be the last opportunity that we will have to hold our annual Chaplaincy Retreat at this location.

There will be plenty of space to learn, discuss and pray together, and free time for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The booking form will soon be available to download here.
"It's easy to get to Belloc, the hard part is leaving". For more details, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..