Prayer | Study | Community

St Antony’s Priory is a Christian retreat centre in Durham, and part of 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 spiritual direction and a variety of other courses and activities. The guesthouse has four rooms for people wishing to spend time on retreat.

A rhythm of daily prayer is being established and in time it is hoped that this will be sustained by a small residential community living on site.

Please note: the Priory is now closed for building works until the end of September. Meanwhile, a new programme is being planned for the Autumn – to stay up to date with these and other developments, please consider signing up for our newsletter.

St Antony's Priory: A New Chapter

The Society of the Sacred Mission exists to serve the Church; its charitable objects refer to personal spirituality, theological education and Christian ministry – hence the strap-line ‘prayer, study and community’. For more information see the article about St Antony’s in the May 2019 issue of the SSM magazine.

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.


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 some time 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

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