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Our History

Over the years the Centre has grown and evolved as has the focus of its work. In the early years, the Benedictines created the garden, founded a Justice & Peace Group, developed a number of ecumenical initiatives and established a culture of welcome and hospitality.

Since then, key figures have overseen a number of new chapters in the life of the centre – Sr Mary Ann cj, Sr Patricia Lane IBVM, Fr Bill Broderick sj and latterly Sr Cecilia Goodman cj.

During this time the Centre has continued to foster the culture of welcome, hospitality and ecumenical collaboration, alongside establishing itself as a recognised regional centre for spiritual formation and training in the Ignatian spiritual tradition.

Over the years the Centre has developed a strong network of contacts which has also enabled the development of regular events, seminars and workshops on a broad range of themes related to personal and spiritual development. Alongside its own programme, the Centre also hosts individuals and groups who are working in areas harmonious with the vision and objectives of the Centre.

And now, we are growing into another new chapter – seeking, alongside the above, to inspire change and support the action needed to transition humanity into a new era of ecological and social wellbeing on the planet.

St Bede’s is a work of the Congregation of Jesus Charitable Trust situated next to the historic Bar Convent.  For more information about the Convent – cafe, exhibition, shop, chapel and accommodation – go to:

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