2023 Programme


New Beginnings


Audrey Hamilton

14 January 2023, 10 am to 3 pm

The gift of a new year provides an opportunity to pause and reflect – on the gifts (as well as the challenges) of what has been, and on the invitations and promises of what is still to come. Join us as we look back in thanksgiving and look forward with hope, remembering the words of the prophet ‘I know the plans I have in mind for you, plans for peace, not disaster, reserving a future full of hope for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

£30 Concession £15  includes soup for lunch.

The life of St Cuthbert



Nick Madejczyk

23 February 2023, 7 – 9.30 pm

Saint Cuthbert dedicated his services to God in many ways; as a shepherd, politician, monk, bishop and hermit, and as a man who is closely associated with the monasteries at Old Melrose and on Lindisfarne (Holy Island).  Until 664, Northumbria and Cuthbert had subscribed to the teachings and practices of the Celtic Church.  After his death he became one of the most important saints of northern England and today has a long distance walk, St Cuthbert’s Way, named after him. During the evening we will consider the ways in which God can be served and how walking might be a helpful way to pray.

Nicholas Madejczyk is a retired teacher who now works as a tutor helping neurodiverse students navigate their way through university life.  He has been enriched by the Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality for many years and has undertaken many sacred journeys over recent years.

Christian Meditation as an embodied practice.

Freedom Woman On Sunset Sky

Josie von Zitzewitz

11 March 2023, 10 am to 1 pm

Josie von Zitzewitz is an oblate of the WCCM and has been meditating for over 20 years. She regularly speaks at retreats, teaches Russian literature and language at New College, Oxford and is the author of multiple publications on Russian poetry inspired by Christian ideas.

A day on Journaling


Andrew Kerr Jarrett

22 April 2023,  10 am – 3 pm

Journaling can be a wonderful help in deepening our prayer life. In this workshop, we explore different ways of using spontaneous writing to draw us into closer encounter with God, scripture and our own histories. Bring lots of paper (or a favourite notebook with plenty of blank pages) and pens, or your laptop with the battery well charged.

Twin passions for prayer and writing first led Andrew to explore the possibilities of journaling as prayer. A writer and editor by profession, he was involved for many years with the Mount Street Jesuit Centre (now the London Jesuit Centre), where he facilitated courses on Ignatian spirituality, as well as workshops on journaling.

Walking humbly with God


Chris Chapman

9 September 2023,  10 am – 3 pm

Francis of Assisi on renewing our relationship with Creation and one another

For Francis, reverence for the poor and marginalized, reverence for Creation, the way of dialogue and active peace rather than power and violence, all flow from one connected source – how God is: a God who is humble, relational, alongside and creative. 

Francis didn’t teach that theology in words – he lived it in an engaged life. 

In a time when the environment and the climate are in crisis, and those in power prefer to build walls rather than relationships, we need the witness of Francis of Assisi. We will explore how to walk humbly with God, the created world and one another.

Christopher Chapman is a guest director of individually guide retreats for St. Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre, and teaches spirituality for St. Augustine’s College of Theology. Formerly he was Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Southwark. He is the author of Seeing in the Dark, Earthed in God: and Send my Roots Rain: Refreshing the spiritual life of priests, all published by Canterbury Press


To register please email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk


We invite a donation to cover our running costs:

Evening £10 / Concession £5
Half day £15 /Concession £10
Day £30 / Concession £20

Evening £10 / Concession £5
Half day £10 / Concession £5
Full day £20 / Concession £15

We don’t want cost to be a barrier – so please pay what you can afford. Concessions for the unwaged. Parishioners of the parish of Christ the King please pay half the concession rate.

To make a donation please use this link where you can make an online payment  https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/cockfosters/donate/ 

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One comment on “2023 Programme

  1. Alison says:

    I really enjoyed this mornings’ workshop ‘From crisis to opportunity’. It was very insightful and relevant. I was able to take away a toolkit for coping with the challenges brought about by the pandemic. There were some very useful and practical suggestions made by the facilitator. I really enjoyed the breakout session where we were able to share and explore issues at various stages in the workshop. Thank you Mary Jo, thank you, Jonathan and to the lovely group of people who were also participating in the workshop.

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