What We Do
The Society of the Sacred Mission exists to serve the Church; its charitable aims speak of promoting vocation, nurturing faith and discipleship and encouraging theological learning – hence our strap-line ‘prayer, study and community’.
At the Priory, we maintain a regular pattern of Christian worship in the chapel, we offer a ministry of Spiritual Direction, Quiet Days and other activities, as well as accommodation for people wishing to spend time on retreat.
St Antony’s is an ideal place for Quiet Days: it’s easy to get to, we have a range of meeting rooms, lovely surroundings and, of course, that magnificent view…
A Quiet Day is like a mini-retreat: some time out to reflect, be still and re-charge. This could take a variety of forms: we are able to cater for both individuals and groups, and we also put on a programme of St Antony’s Quiet Days, led by members of the Priory team.
St Antony’s Quiet Days
A typical Quiet Day will run from 10am-4pm and will usually consist of a couple of addresses, a midday eucharist, space and time for personal reflection, and a concluding act of worship. This structure may vary according the theme or the group in question.
Please note, we are currently not providing meals, and advise people to bring a packed lunch. Outside catering can sometimes be provided by arrangement.
Quiet Days for Groups
Similar in format to the above, parishes, clergy chapters or other groups and organisations, may book themselves in for a Quiet Day. This may be self-led or led by a member of the Priory team.
Quiet Days for Individuals
Individuals seeking a bit of time out can book one of our meeting rooms for a full or half day. During their time they may wish simply to enjoy some peace and quiet, but they may also wish to arrange time for a chat with a member of the Priory team, and are always very welcome to attend any services taking place in the Chapel.
St Antony’s has a well-established reputation as a provider of Spiritual Accompaniment. We offer the following range of services:
- An introductory Training Course in Spiritual Accompaniment
- Ongoing peer support and supervision for Spiritual Directors
- A referral service for people seeking a Spiritual Director
- Rooms in which people can meet for Spiritual Accompaniment
Please have a look at our Spiritual Accompaniment page for more information.
We also offer meeting space (subject to availability) to individuals and groups. We have four small meeting rooms for one-to-one’s, including one on the ground floor, a larger meeting room for groups (max. 8 people), and a seminar room for courses and presentations (max. 15-20 people).
The Garden Cottage has four self-catering rooms with en-suite facilities for people wishing to spend a few days on individual private retreat.
Guests can enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as join the Priory community for services in the Chapel, and any other activities open to the public, as well as make use of the library or enjoy the gardens.
Please contact us to book your stay