2019 Programme

To book your place on any of these events please leave a voicemail message on 020 8449 6648 or email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk
We’ll be adding additional events through the year, so please check the website or let us know if you would like to receive updates by email.  You can also request a poster size version of the programme for a noticeboard.


30th March, 10 am – 4 pm

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

What we refer to today as ‘Ignatian Spirituality’ has been attracting and transforming people for over 500 years. It is rooted in one’s daily life and is both practical and enriching. In our workshop we shall look at both the man, Ignatius of Loyola, and his methods to see how Ignatian prayer continues to foster a way of being in the world that seeks to find God in all things. There will also be times of prayer using some of these different methods.

Audrey Hamilton is the Spirituality Development Worker at Mount Street Jesuit Centre where she works to co-ordinate the Centre’s outreach programme into parishes and organisations across London. Prior to that she had a long career as a personal assistant in the commercial world, whilst volunteering at Mount Street and gaining an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College in 2014. She has long striven to integrate her prayer into her busy working life in the Ignatian tradition of being ‘contemplative in action’ and has a passion for helping others to find God in the busyness of their daily lives.

13th April 10 am – 2 pm

Cockfosters Spirituality Centre Open Day

We invite you to visit the centre, to learn more about our facilities, our library, and our programme of events. You may want to come just to enjoy a few moments of silence in our prayer room, or to talk with one of our volunteers. Refreshments will be available through the day.

1 May, 7 pm – 9 pm

Music evening

An illustrated talk about the use of music in Christian worship, from earliest times to the present day, focussing on our Roman Catholic tradition. You will hear music of all kinds, from early Eastern chants right through to contemporary ‘worship songs’.

Rodney Newton is a professional musician and an active parishioner in Cockfosters much involved with the Knights of St Columba.


18th May, 10 am – 4 pm

Spiritual Seasons of Life

Beginning with our earliest experiences of the divine, we shall spend the day meditating on what it means to be aware of God’s presence throughout the ‘spiritual seasons of life’. We shall accompany our reflections with readings and sayings from Meister Eckhart – ‘the one from whom God hid nothing’.

Peter Tyler is a regular contributor to our events, and is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. More information can be found on his blog http://insoulpursuit.blogspot.co.uk

Hymie Wyse is a Therapist and Group Analyst and has been interested in the mystics all his life.

1st June, 10 am – 4 pm

Your still point in a turning world

Mary Jo Radcliffe: After a long term commitment Mary Jo re-orientated her life and developed a passion for the Spiritual dimension in our lives both personally and collectively. Her desire is to enable each one to live as fully as possible within the circumstances in which they find themselves.


15th June,   10 am – 4 pm

The river of faith – where next?

The story of the human relationship with the divine could be compared to the flow of a river, originating from a simple and sacred source, and then evolving through many phases: early innocence and freshness; turbulence, defensiveness, fruitfulness, pollution, dominance, depletion, exhaustion and finally flowing into the estuary and the ocean. The river’s journey never ends, but is transformed, rising into cloud and falling again as fresh water. What does this mean for us? We will reflect on this metaphorical journey and ask ourselves: How is the river flowing now and what form might it take in the future?

Margaret Silf is the author of a number of books for 21st century spiritual pilgrims and describes herself as a spiritual explorer. Formerly employed in the IT industry, she now spends much of her time travelling nationally and internationally leading retreats, workshops and days of reflection. She works ecumenically, across and beyond traditional denominational divisions, and is passionate about making Christian spirituality accessible through the events and experiences of everyday life. She is a mother and grandmother and lives in Staffordshire.


6th July, 10 am – 4 pm

Living with Dying and End of Life Care

Laurence McGonnell has been Patient & Family Support Manager at North London Hospice for the last eleven years, and is Hospice Lead for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy.  He provides Spiritual Care education for staff and volunteers across the Hospice organisation, and supports patients and family members on a daily basis. A registered counsellor and psychotherapist, before joining the Hospice Laurence also spent time training students for pastoral Ministry.


14th September, 10 am – 4 pm

Introduction to Christian Meditation

Josie von Zitzewitz has been meditating for 20 years and is the coordinator of the World Community for Christian Meditation Young Meditators in London, as well as an oblate of the WCCM. She is also an academic teaching Russian literature and a keen runner who practices yoga.


9th, 16th and 23rd October, 7 pm – 9 pm

The Psalms in Life and Faith

A three part Bible study series exploring the rich and diverse nature of the Psalms, their relevance to our faith, our worship and our daily lives and why they are so important to so many people even in 2019!

Rev. Alan Combes is a Methodist Minister. He trained ecumenically on an Anglican / Methodist programme at Wesley House in Cambridge and before his call worked for twenty-five years as an engineer and teacher.


8th November, 7 pm – 9 pm

Poetry Evening

Join us for a relaxing and inspiring evening of poetry, to move your heart and spirit.


16th November, 10 am – 4 pm

Praying without words

There are many ways of praying with Scripture – many of them focusing on the words themselves. Sometimes, though it is good to allow the Word to speak to us in different ways – through music – through our imaginations – our senses – our silences. This session will explore some of the ways in which we can pray the Word with few, if any, words.

Kathryn Turner is Head of Department for Spirituality for the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. She has a particular interest in helping people to engage with the Word of God using ideas that may surprise and inspire them in ways they may never have expected!

To book your place on any of these events please leave a voicemail message on 020 8449 6648 or email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to receive details by e-mail or to request a poster size version of the programme.

Ignatian Retreats

If you are seeking a longer guided retreat, the Chemin Neuf community have an extensive and regular programme of one day and week long retreats at Sclerder Abbey in Cornwall,  and Storrington Priory in Sussex.
You can find full details on their website here, or you can email directly using  retreatsuk@chemin-neuf.org

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