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St Bede's Pastoral Centre




Watching and waiting in Advent
An Ignatian Reflection

Led by Liz Carrington

Tuesday 12th December 2pm until 4pm

This afternoon is an opportunity to reflect on characters in Luke’s account of the incarnation ‘as if we were there’. Through the use of imagination and the senses Ignatian spirituality teaches us to discern the movement of God in our own experience and so deepen our desire to serve.

Liz is a vocational deacon with a background in Ignatian prayer. Prior to retirement she worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS, in India and internationally. She is involved in retail and racecourse chaplaincy and York Street Angels.


Our new Winter to Spring Programme
is now available to download

The main events on the new programme are as follows:

Photography as a Practice of Becoming Still with Nature

with Debra Nurthen & Julia MacDonald

Friday 19 January 10am - 3pm

Cost £15

This day will seek to open up, in the words of Marcel Proust, 'the real voyage of discovery' which, "consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes!". We will reflect on and explore how photography can act as a tool for this new way of seeing and engaging with the world around us. Participants are invited to bring a photograph of creation which is meaningful to them along with a device for taking photos (digital camera/mobile phone etc.). No expertise in photography is required just a desire to explore ways of looking, seeing and experiencing.

Debra has been taking photos for 5 years and enjoys discovering new things and being surprised by nature as she captures moments in creation with her camera. Julia studied photography in the wilds of the Hebrides and instinctively uses her camera as a way of entering into a deeper connection and relationship with the world around her.


with Sister Agnese Jenčíková CJ

Tuesday 30 January 10am - 3pm

Cost £15

‘Master, if it please you, stop for a while with your servant’ (Gen 18:3)

The warmth of the circle of love of the Trinity shining out from Rublev’s Icon invites each of us, in our own unique way, to touch its depths and to discover the biblical story of God’s visit to Abraham, which is the basis of the Icon.

Sister Agnese Jenčíková is a member of the Slovak Province of the Congregation of Jesus. Her particular interests are Ignatian spirituality, scripture, centering prayer and other creative ways of praying.


with Sister Agatha Leach CJ

Tuesday 6 February 2pm - 3.30pm

Cost £8

See your vocation - God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound those who are mighty. - 1 CORINTHIANS 1:27
One of the oldest girls’ grammar schools in the country was converted to a coeducational comprehensive school when the Department of Education informed the Bar Convent that the historical part of their building was totally unsuitable for use by the new school. Sister Agatha Leach, the heiress to a fortune who became a nun, was put in charge of reorganising the historical section of the Convent buildings - coming to the point of bankruptcy this was an experience which would teach her that , ‘it is the failures and contradictions in our lives that are the points of growth”.

Sister Agatha is a popular contributor to the St. Bede’s programme drawing on her varied experiences as a member of the CJ community.


with Gwynne Wright

Tuesday 13 February 10am– 3.30pm

Cost £15

Join us as we explore the writings of Julian of Norwich, “Revelations of Divine Love.”
In our day together we will be focusing on Julian’s discussion of the Trinity and on prayer.

Gwynne is an American Episcopal priest, retired to York. She is an Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, Honorary Chaplain and Tour Guide at the Minster and active in the City Centre Churches.

Tracing God’s footprints in popular film

with Rev. Diane Westmoreland

Tuesday 27 February 10am - 3pm

Cost £15

All around us we are being invited to look but what do we really see?
A day for reflection and prayer looking at themes from popular films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Babette’s Feast.

Revd Diane Westmoreland, a parish priest of 20 years, has long been interested in the connections to be made between popular culture and faith, especially in the medium of film.


with Gero McLoughlin SJ

Wednesday 28 February 10.30am - 4pm

Cost £15

A day to allow images of the Passion to enrich our devotion and inspire us to hope in the further word of Christ’s Resurrection. The day will Include input and time for prayer and reflection.

Gero McLoughlin S.J. is a British Jesuit and a member of the Epiphany Group in Scotland. He has been engaged in the ministries of Ignatian spirituality for more than 30 years.


with Julia MacDonald

Tuesday 13 March 10am—3pm

Cost £15

“Love winter when the plant says nothing” – Thomas Merton

Through this day we will gently contemplate that which seems only to come to us through the darkness of winter – through experiences of silence, unknowing and waiting. We will draw on wisdom from Christian mystics, contemplatives and poets as we explore experiences of this ‘winter season’ and reflect on ways we can engage with it as a creative and fertile time—a time that prepares us for the new.

Julia enjoys exploring creative ways of opening up connections to God & Soul


with Sue Tite

Saturday 07 April 10am—2pm


“Just go for walks, live in peace, let change come quietly and invisibly on the inside”. - Thomas Merton

This reflective walk will take us through some of the beautiful landscape of the Ampleforth Abbey Estate. There will be opportunities along the way to pause, reflect and pray and to gather together at the end. A leaflet with further information on the walk with details of the meeting point etc. will be available on registering for this event.

Sue is a retired teacher and throughout her life she has used walking in the countryside to encounter God in calm places with space and time for silence, prayer and meditation.


Paul, an apostle, to all the saints in Jesus Christ…

with Sister Patricia Harriss CJ

Cost £8 per session

Sister Patricia has led popular courses at St. Bede’s on the Synoptic Gospels, St. John’s Gospel and the major Old Testament prophets.

In each of four morning sessions we shall look at one of his shorter letters. What was happening for Paul and for that particular Church? What does the letter tell us about Paul’s thinking, and how does it help us to grow in faith, as individuals today, in our Church now? Where appropriate, we shall also look at parallels in the writings and experience of Mary Ward and St. Ignatius of Loyola.

19th February : Galatians - ‘Who has bewitched you…? You were called to be free.’
26th February: Philippians - ‘For me to live is Christ.’
5th March: Ephesians - ‘The hope to which he has called you.’
12th March: Colossians - ‘In him all things were created, in heaven and on earth.’

Regular Drop-In events
Prayer in the style of the Taizé community (English + Italian evenings)
A meditative space in candlelight with distinctive prayer chants, Scripture passages and the writings of Br. Roger of Taizé

Eucharistic Adoration & Meditation
Aa silent prayerful space to sit and quietly meditate on the exposed sacrament

Lectio /Visio/Audio
Guided meditations using an ancient monastic prayer form, Lectio Divina, and inspirational images and music

Guided Examen
Opportunity to be guided through the Ignatian ‘Prayer of Examen’, a practice which helps us to reflect on how and where we are experiencing God’s life in our everyday experience

Prayer through Poetry
Reflective sessions, working with themes such as Peace, Truth and Beauty, which offer a space to taste the gift that poetry can bring in opening up our experience of prayer (See programme schedule overleaf for dates and times)

Regular Faith, Prayer & Meditation Groups who meet at St Bede’s

York Justice & Peace Group
A group interested in a wide variety of peace & justice issues. More details on topics addressed available from St. Bede’s. Meet 7.30pm second Monday each month (but not April or August). Contact Nan Saeki 01904 783621

Christian Meditation
An ancient form of contemplative prayer, seeking God in stillness and silence. Start time 8pm.
Wed 10th, 24th of Jan, 7th and 21st Feb, 7th and 21st March.

City Prayer
A group of enthusiastic people who meet to pray & sing together. Mondays 7.30pm
Contact David Copeland 01904 330608

York Sangha
Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, following his emphasis on mindfulness. Every Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Contact Lauri 07826198656,e-mail lauri.bower@gmail.com

For more details on any of the above or if you are interested in attending or participating please contact:
The St Bede’s Office on 01904 464900 or admin@stbedes.org.uk