** Coronavirus update **

We are monitoring the ever-changing situation closely and following all the official guidance. This means that we have cancelled or postponed all scheduled activities and bookings until further notice.

We strongly urge everyone to follow the current advice concerning hygiene, self-isolation and social distancing.

Although the Priory is closed, we are finding new ways of doing things online in order to maintain contact and support for one another in these deeply challenging circumstances.

Latest News from St Antony's Priory

Job Vacancy: General Administrator for Christian Spirituality Centre in Durham

P/T 30hrs pw

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly capable General Administrator to oversee all aspects of day-to day operations of the Priory. It is anticipated that the role will evolve as the work of the Priory develops, so the capacity to adapt and grow with the role is essential.

The role will involve a range of administrative tasks including: supervising other staff, managing bookings, day-to-day financial administration, hospitality arrangements, reception duties, domestic and facilities management, logistical support to a residential community, and administrative support to the Director. 

There is an occupational requirement for the post-holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Further details and role description available here

Application Process

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter addressing all the requirements of the post by email to:

Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton, Director


Closing date for applications: Thursday 9 April 2020.

Interviews: Tuesday 28 April 2020.

The Priory underwent extensive refurbishment works during 2019 – have a look at our Facebook page to see the photos. We are now developing a new programme of courses and quiet days, as well as preparing to establish a residential community. If you’d like to be kept informed of all upcoming news and events from St Antony’s, please consider signing up for our mailing list.

Who We Are & What We Do

St Antony’s Priory is a Christian spirituality centre in Durham, run by the Society of the Sacred Mission, an Anglican Religious Order established towards the end of the 19th Century.

Today the Priory offers a place for groups and individuals to enjoy spiritual refreshment, as well as providing training in spiritual accompaniment and a variety of other courses and activities. The Cottage guesthouse has four rooms available for people wishing to spend a few days on retreat.

Building on existing work in the training and provision of spiritual directors, retreats and outreach, St Antony’s is now embarking on an exciting new journey, which will include the establishment of a residential praying community and the development of a centre for the study of spirituality. 

The aims of the Society of the Sacred Mission refer to increasing the number of those given to the ‘Divine Service’, the ‘Conversion and Perfection of Souls’, and the cultivation of the ‘Divine Science’. Today, we seek to advance those objects by promoting vocation, nurturing faith and spirituality, and encouraging theological learning – hence our strap-line: ‘prayer, study and community’.


A rhythm of prayer and contemplation, comprising daily meditation, morning and evening prayer, and a daily Eucharist, to become the beating heart around which everything else revolves.


A centre for the study of spirituality and wisdom traditions, with a specialist library and seminar room to support the development of new courses and workshops to explore and go deeper.


An opportunity for people, at any stage of life, who may be wondering where God might be calling them next, to spend a year immersed in the discipline and structure of a praying community.

Where we are

St Antony’s Priory
74 Claypath, Durham, DH1 1QT

Getting in touch

T. 0191 384 3747
E. admin@stantonyspriory.org

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