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Winter Weekend - Church at the Crossroads: Responding to Challenging Times

  • Boars Hill Carmelite Priory Chilswell Lane Oxford, England, OX1 5HB United Kingdom (map)

Not for the first time in its history, the Catholic Church stands at a crossroads. Declining attendance in the West, especially amongst young people, division, abuse of authority and power, and its moral authority at an all-time low. These are complex and challenging times and the issues need to be faced by all of us with honesty, openness, and transparency.  A robust and courageous response is needed from the whole church if genuine transformation and renewal is to be achieved. 

On Day 1, we will hear from the ‘Divine Renovation’ Team UK, proposing that the Church has lost sight of the original mission given by Christ and urgently needs to recall its true identity; also from a parish priest currently implementing the DR programme. Day 2 will give the opportunity to experience a range of different and contrasting visions of the Catholic Church of the future. Come prepared to engage with the issues.

Recommended reading before the week: ‘Divine Renovation, Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission’ by Fr James Mallon – Twenty-Third Publications

This weekend CPW for 18+ takes place at the Carmelite Priory Retreat Centre in Boars Hill.


Chair: Helen Floyd
Organiser: Deirdre Mahon
Chaplain Tim Redmond


  • Adult Single-Occupancy Room: £140

  • Adult Double-Occupancy Room: £120

  • Age 18-25: £115

  • Non-resident: £50

    Deposit: £50 per person.



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About the venue:

Boars Hill is a Carmelite Priory just outside Oxford, within easy reach of the A34 and M40. Its peaceful setting has pleasant walks from its doorstep and fantastic views over the nearby city of Oxford. It provides quiet and accessible accommodation in single and twin rooms.