House & Grounds

The house and Church of Clare Priory are set in large grounds and picturesque gardens. Day visitors, as well as retreat members, are welcome to stroll around and enjoy our gardens and grounds, or you may wish to visit the adjacent grounds of Clare Castle Country Park and the ruins of Clare Castle.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the medieval village of Clare, which can be reached via the footbridge over the River Stour, just outside the Priory entrance.

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Facilities

Clare Priory offers excellent facilities for individual or group retreats.

The Stable House offers 7 single rooms and 1 double room, all with en-suite and disabled facilities, and there are also two small meeting rooms for private prayer or small group work, and a small prayer room.

Alternatively, groups or individuals can stay in the Priory, with rooms that cater for small groups (2 larger bedrooms with 3 beds) or families (large room with 1 double and 2 singles). It also has 1 twin room.

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Retreats

Clare Priory offers a tranquil environment for those who wish to withdraw from their daily lives and find rest in the Lord. It is the main Retreat Centre of the Order of    St Augustine (OSA) for England and Scotland. It is the home of a mixed community of Augustinian friars and lay people, open to both men and women, seeking to live the Christian life according to the Rule of St. Augustine.

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you
"
                                                                                  (from St. Augustine: Confessions)

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Friends of Clare Priory

Hand in hand with the development of the new church and the support of the Extension Fund, we have sought patronage for the Priory itself. The Friends of Clare Priory were formed as a means of providing information for those interested in the life and ministry of the Priory, and able to give financial help towards its development.

So far the Friends have enabled the embellishment of the Cellarer's Hall, the provision of new armchairs in the hall, and the beginning of refurbishment of the Parish Room.

If you are interested, a leaflet is available with more information. Please ask.

The Friends of Clare Priory produce a newsletter four times a year. To see the latest edition please follow this link (opens in new window/tab)

Events

 


Regular Events

For details of regular events (Mass, Prayer Meetings, reconciliation) please see  the Parish page 

Retreats

Further details and additional information will be continually updated.  Other events are also announced on the Latest News page. You are welcome to come at any time for spiritual guidance, to join in the daily routine of the Augustinian Community and to enjoy the peace and prayerfulness of Clare Priory.

Way of  Silence Days

These days are for those who wish to have a time of silence and prayer and are led by our Team who wish to share with you their experience of silent prayer, or meditation as it is also known.  In our busy lives we can lose sight of God and what matters in life.   Sr Teresa of Calcutta says 'God is a friend of silence.  His language is silence.'  Everyone is welcome, whether you are experienced in silent prayer or wish to learn more about this way of praying. Jesus said 'Go to your inner room, and God who is there, will teach you everything.'  Please see the Retreats page for comments shared by those who have attended these days.

Date   Theme

Cost (£)

Leader

    This year we will continue to observe social distancing where possible and we would ask you to please bring a mask.    
         
January 26-27 Icon Workshop Advice and guidance for the experienced or beginners working on their own Icon £200 Annette Ashton-Melzak
         
         
February  13
Spoken Word  3pm in the Church No booking required, bring your favourite poem or reading and just come and join us.   Fr George Donaghy OSA
         
         

March 

 4-6 By His Wounds We Are Healed 
(Please note this is a preached charismatic retreat)
£150/£160 Fr Gladson Dabre OSA
 22 Way of Silence Day
Donation Priory Team
29-1 April By His Wounds We Are Healed 
(Please note this is a preached charismatic retreat)
£150/£160 Fr Gladson Dabre OSA
         
         
April 22-24 Divine Mercy
£150/£160 Fr Gladson Dabre
29-1 May Spoken Word £150/£160 Fr George Donaghy OSA
         
         
May 8 Pilgrimage Day at Clare Priory    
17 Way of Silence Day Donation Priory Team
         
         
June  24-26  By His Wounds We Are Healed 
(Please note this is a preached charismatic retreat)
£150/£160 Fr Gladson Dabre OSA
         
         
July   1-3 By His Wounds We Are Healed 
(Please note this is a preached charismatic retreat)
£150/£160 Fr Gladson Dabre OSA
9 & 10 Craft Fair weekend    
15-17 By His Wounds We Are Healed 
(Please note this is a preached charismatic retreat)
£150-£160 Fr Gladson Dabre OSA
19 Way of Silence Day Donation Priory Team
26-32 IGR  (maximum 6 pepople) £400 Sr Frances Moore
         
         
August 23-28 IGR  (maximum 6 people)  £400 Sr Frances Moore
         
         
September 20  Way of Silence Day
Donation Priory Team
         
         
November 15 Way of Silence Day Donation Priory Team

** IGRs run from Tuesday morning until after lunch on Sunday.

 For all days where we ask for a donation please bring your own refreshments and a snack for lunch

All residential prices include full board and all meals.

 

Other Events

 

Craft Fair

 

On the second Saturday and Sunday of July the grounds of the Priory are given over to a Craft Fair which is usually extremely well received. There is a small charge for admission but there is a wonderful variety of art and crafts on display with a number of exhibitors demonstrating, including lace-making, wool-spinning, metalwork, woodturning, and many more. There are also children's entertainers, refreshments, hot and cold food, and a licensed bar.

Photos from previous events are accessible by visiting the Craft Fair page.

 

 

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