A warm welcome is extended to people of all faiths and none. The Centre is situated five minute walk away from York rail and bus station, and aims to provide a place of quiet refreshment, spiritual replenishment and support.
St Bede’s Pastoral Centre was opened in 1987 when a small community of Benedictines from Ampleforth Abbey leased the property from the CJ (Congregation of Jesus), formerly the IBVM community. The CJ and its advisors, with the support and encouragement of Bishop John Crowley of Middlesbrough, took the desire and decision to have a Pastoral Centre. In 1994 the Benedictines withdrew in order to take on other work in Yorkshire but during their seven years they had established St Bede’s as a place of welcome, friendly hospitality and spiritual support for all who came. On their departure, the support of the ‘Friends of St Bede’s’ encouraged the CJ to continue this work under their own administration. Today St Bede’s serves not only the people of York city but far beyond. To the Benedictine ethos of Christian hospitality and acceptance of all people the CJ has added its own knowledge and practice of the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola and his teachings on prayer enshrined in his Spiritual Exercises.
More recently the energy, enthusiasm and initiative of the two lay Administrators together with the CJ community has done much to ensure that the ecumenical aspect of the centre continues to flourish.
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