THE P RTAL July 2018 Page 23 Adventures in Prayer Dr Heather Ward OCDS tells us about the Discalced Carmelites’ launch of new courses on prayer and prayer guidance R esponding to today’s hunger for authentic prayer and the need for wise guides, the Discalced Carmelites are developing their retreat centre at Boars Hill, Oxford, as a Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality. From September it will be offering two one-year courses, both rooted in the Carmelite Tradition – a School of Prayer and a Prayer Guides Course. The School of Prayer is for anyone who is seeking a deeper relationship with God. It will offer the opportunity to grow in the life of prayer and to learn alongside Christians of any denomination, who share the same commitment and desire to draw from the riches of Carmel. Both courses begin on 1st September this year. The School of Prayer is usually held on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Exceptions come in December (first and fourth Saturdays, 1st & 22nd) and, in 2019, in April (the first & second Saturdays, 6th & 13th) while in June there’s an extra day of graduation on 29th June. The day runs from 10am – The School offers input on prayer from experienced 1pm & includes lunch. speakers; time to share experience and insights from some essential reading; time for personal reflection The Prayer Guides Course is also held on these same including journaling. Another essential aspect will first and third Saturdays of the month and runs from be individual prayer guidance and a weekend of 10am to 4pm with the important addition of three Individually Guided Prayer, at a time arranged with Friday 6pm to Saturday 4pm sessions: 21st-22nd each student. December; 12th-13th April; 28th-29th June. The Prayer Guides Course is for those who wish to deepen their life of prayer but who also feel called to accompany others in prayer, perhaps by leading prayer groups or retreats. Like the School of Prayer, it is open to all Christians and is deeply rooted in the Carmelite tradition of prayer and spirituality. Costs are kept as low as possible; they cover meals, all residential charges for the guided prayer weekends and for the overnight sessions of the Prayer Guides Course. Payment can be made in instalments and bursaries are available. The School of Prayer fees are £690; the Prayer Guides course fees £800. Developing from the foundations shared with members of the School of Prayer, participants will go on to explore the dynamics of prayer in one- to-one settings and in prayer group meetings and workshops. They will be invited to take part in spiritual conversation. Small groups will explore listening skills; basic skills for leading retreats and prayer sessions; difficulties in, and aids to, prayer. Individual prayer guidance and a weekend of Individually Guided Prayer, at a time arranged with each student, will be an integral part of the course. If this interests you take a look at the website www. cacarmelitesp.co.uk. Feel free to contact the friars at Boars Hill. You can download an application form from the website or request one from the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5HB Tel: 01865 322300, mobile (voicemail) 07387 327054 Email: courses@ cacarmelitesp.co.uk. And to know more about bursaries contact Fr Thaddeus Ekuma bursary@ cacarmelitesp.co.uk. If that plea of the apostles to Jesus, “Lord, teach us If you have read so far you may well be thinking, “So to pray” resounds in your heart, perhaps one of these when is this happening?”; “How much will it cost?”; “If courses is for you. I’m interested, what do I do?” Forms of words for Making a Bequest in favour of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in your Will I GIVE to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR, the sum of ______ pounds (£ ) and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executor. or I GIVE the residue of my estate to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR, and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executor.