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Women’s Retreat: 8th - 10th September 2017
Becoming mirrors of God: living a reflective life

Led by Alice Keenleyside, a lay person with a lifetime’s experience of working with the Mill Hill missionaries. She is a former member of the retreat team at the Jesuit Centre at St Bueno’s and offers spiritual direction as well as retreats.

Womens Registration Form

Men’s Retreat: 27th - 29th October 2017
The call of the Father

Led by Mgr Matthew Dickens who is the Vicar General and Chancellor for the Southwark Diocese and of course well known to people in the Parish.

Mens Registration Form

The COST for full board, lodging and a retreat facilitator is £170 which is the same as last year. A maximum of 20 places are available for each retreat.

LIFT SHARES to Aylesford Priory will be organised.

If you would like to attend please pick up a REGISTRATION FORM from the back of your Church or download a form from:, and return it to the Parish Office by Sunday 4th June.

Any QUERIES please contact Catherine Rodger by email Catherine or by ph:01732 458852.


I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the 2014 Women's Retreat at Aylesford Priory. It was my first retreat so I did not know what to expect but I found all the other women so friendly, and it was great to get to know people I only knew from a distance before. I thought the venue was lovely and we were so well looked after in terms of accommodation and food. Sister Mary Rose and Father Richard who facilitated the weekend were amazing. I thought the sessions were pitched just right in terms of spiritual input, time for reflection and group time. It was also great to enjoy a social on the Saturday evening. I will be attending the next retreat. - Sandie Peters.

The 2013 women's retreat was led by Angela Brown in the beautiful monastic setting of Aylesford. She shared with us three different ways of praying through lectio divina, imagination and art. There was space to have a go at letting God in, reflecting the title of the retreat. We shared in the daily office and mass with the Carmelites. A social on the Saturday night and eating together in the Pilgrims Hall allowed us all to build community and friendships in a gentle way. The feedback from participants was very positive.


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Testimonies: "Hi Catherine, Many thanks for organising an amazing weekend. I felt very much at peace when the Retreat finished. I now have to practice silence and praying!"

Both retreats went well. Fr Michael Manning was the Carmelite priest who led the retreat. The women had wonderful weather so were able to enjoy the grounds at Aylesford. The men had the privilege of attending a mass at which one of the Carmelite brothers was taking his final vows. The general feedback was very positive from participants. Despite being about silence a lot of chatting took place and new friendships were formed.