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St Bede's Pastoral Centre

Exploring Prayer
Our Exploring Prayer course aims to help deepen our relationship with God by exploring prayer and ways of praying within a guiding framework rooted in Ignatian Spirituality: a spirituality which sees and experiences ‘God in All Things’.

Alongside exploring ways to settle into and reflect on our prayer experiences, topics will include amongst others: praying with Scripture; the use of art & creativity as a form of prayer; connecting with the body and the senses in prayer; and, praying through difficult times.

Sessions will include input from the leaders, time for experiencing prayer in different ways, opportunity for individual reflection and some space for gentle sharing.

Participants will be expected to attend all 7 sessions.

Cost: £75 for 7 sessions (which can be paid in instalments). We do not want anyone to be excluded because of cost so please enquire about bursary support if cost is an issue.

Autumn Evening Course:
Thursdays 7.00 – 9.15pm. Sept. 13th, 20th & 27th, Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th

Summer Daytime Course:
Thursdays 1.00– 3.15 pm. May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, June 6th, 13th, 20th

Please feel free to contact us for further information, a booking form or information on bursary support. Or download a booking form by clicking here.

Personal and Spiritual development [PSD]
PSD is a 2 year ecumenical experiential course rooted in the Ignatian Spiritual tradition. Its key aim is to support and foster greater integration between our relationship with God and the matter of our everyday life and personhood. Including opportunities for both personal and small group reflection, the course seeks to do this through a two stage process:

  • in year one, we focus on developing and deepening experience of different ways of praying alongside facilitating growth in self-awareness, personal reflection and reflective living practices
  • in year two, we focus on ways of responding to what is happening in our prayer and reflective practice by developing capacity for spiritual discernment and skills in reflective decision making.

The next two year PSD course will begin in September 2019 running over two academic years. We have opened a waiting list of those interested in participating in the next course to whom we will send more detailed information later in the autumn on the course dates, structure, application process etc.

For those interested in the next course, we will be offering a PSD taster evening on Thursday 11th April from 7.00-9.00pm.

More details will be available later in the autumn. Please contact us if you would like to be kept updated.

York Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment Course [YISAC]
This ecumenical course aims to provide a foundation for learning to accompany others on their faith journey. It is based on the Ignatian tradition, drawing its inspiration from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. It is suitable for those who already have some background in spirituality and faith accompaniment.

Please note: applications have closed for the next 2 year course starting September 2018. Information on forthcoming opportunities for training will be made available on our website in due course.

If you have any additional queries, please contact the office who will put you in touch with one of the members of the training team.