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

This is a provisional programme of our main retreats for 2021. 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

 April 21 Walking Day (weather permitting)  10.30 -4.00. Please click here for more information Donation Mary Handforth
         
         
 May 19  Walking Day  9.30 - 4.00  Please click here for more information Donation Mary Handforth
         
         
 June 26 "Quest for the Desert in the Ocean"  Please click here for more information Donation Rev Dr Julie Hopkins
   29 - 2 July Summer Walking Retreat. Please click here for more information.  £275 Mary Handforth
         
         
July 6 Way of Silence Day  10.30-12.30/1.00pm  Mass at 10.00 if you wish.  Please bring refreshments.  Booking essential Donation Priory Team
  8 & 9 Icon Interest Day - advice and guidance for those working on their own Icons £175 Annette Ashton-Melzack
  27 - 1 Aug IGR  (Max 6 people) £350 Sr Frances Moore
         
         
 August  11 Lectio Divina Donation Mary Handforth
  24-29 IGR  (Max 6 people) £350 Sr Frances Moore
         
         
 September 8 Devotion to Our Lady Donation Mary Handforth
   21 Way of Silence Day   Details to follow Donation Priory Team
         
         
 October 26-29  Autumn Walking Retreat. Please click here for more information. £275 Mary Handforth
         
         
 November 16 Way of Silence Day   Details to follow Donation Priory Team
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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

 For all days where we ask for a donation refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed 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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