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Women’s Retreat:7th to the 9th September 2018
“The name of God is mercy”
Pope Francis 2016

This retreat will be facilitated by Sr Louise Swanston who is a Sister of St Mary of Namur. She lives in community in Liverpool. Trained in Ignatian spirituality, she has offered spiritual accompaniment as well as retreats for 25 years - both individually-guided and preached - in retreat houses, monasteries and convents in the UK and across the world. In the past Sr Louise was part of the resident team at St Beuno's Ignatian Spirituality Centre, North Wales.
She is passionate about poetry and enjoys cooking and gardening.

Men’s Retreat: 5th to the 7th October 2018
“The Heart of the Gospel”

If the Gospel is ‘Good News’ why do we sometimes fail to show it? In this weekend we will reflect on the teaching of Jesus as a revelation of love, beauty and mercy, and ask how we can live out our faith with joy and gratitude.

This retreat will be facilitated by Dom Brendan Thomas who is a monk of Belmont Abbey, Hereford where he has been Novice Master for the last 18 years. He is also Director of the Monastic Formators’ Programme in Rome, an international 3-month course for Benedictine and Cistercian monks and nuns from around the world. He regularly gives retreats at Belmont, in Britain and abroad.

The cost for full board, lodging and a retreat facilitator is £175 There are a maximum of 20 places available for each retreat. If you would like to attend please pick up a registration form from the back of your Church or download the appropriate form (links below).

Womens Registration Form

Mens Registration Form

Lift shares to Aylesford will be organised. Any queries please contact Catherine Rodger by email at email Catherine or by ph:01732 458852

The registration form and non refundable deposit of £20 made payable to ‘St Thomas’ RC Church, Sevenoaks’ must be returned to the Parish Office in an envelope marked PARISH RETREATS by Sunday 3rd June.

Photo from 2017 Men's Retreat:

Emails of appreciation:

Yes your efforts much appreciated Catherine. Another very special retreat weekend. Regards, Andrew.

Thanks Catherine Great retreat. Best Regards, Ben.

Inspirations from 'Mirrors of God' Women's retreat Aylesford

I pray for the light to discern God's voice and "the path which God is indicating in my life".
I pray for the ability to be still
To hear God's voice above the din of daily life.
"God: the sweet eye of love that never stops gazing on us",
"I place my days in your hand", and when I lose sight of the path,
Let me never forget your love and calm my soul and clear my head
To appreciate the blessings and the gifts that you have given me.
In my thoughts and actions may I reflect like a mirror Your brightness.

Quotations from:-
A way of praying in the evening (Daily Examen)
Julian of Norwich
Psalm 31:14-18 Message Bible
Retreat discussion on the 'mirrors of God'.

Photo from 2017 Women's Retreat:

Photos from Previous Retreats:





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.

"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.