2022 Programme

We have resumed ‘in person’ events.  We ask that you do not attend if you are feeling unwell or exhibiting COVID symptoms, and we will encourage sensible distancing and personal hygiene.  You do not need to wear a mask but feel free to do so if you wish.

If you have any questions please email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

Taking Stock: Increasing your wellbeing for the year ahead

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Jonathan Males

Saturday 26 February, 1 to 5 pm

The last two years have been exceptionally challenging, as we have all learned to cope with isolation and uncertainty. As we start to look towards Spring, and hopefully the end of the pandemic’s worst impacts, this afternoon workshop will help you to take stock of your life and assess your sources of wellbeing. This will help you build your physical, emotional and spiritual energy for the year ahead.

Jonathan is a psychologist, executive coach and spiritual director who helps people in all walks of life to know themselves better and to grow their capacity to live fulfilling lives.

Psalms and Spiritual Songs


Dr Rodney Newton

Thursday 24 March, 7 to 9 pm

Parishioner and professional musician, Rodney Newton, surveys the use of music in Christian worship from early times to the present day, focussing on our Western tradition.

Dr Newton has had a long career in music, having played and recorded with major symphony orchestras and opera companies and written music for the concert hall, films and television, brass bands and wind bands. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music and London Film School where he was Music Consultant for 22 years

Deepening love in adversity


Mary Jo Radcliffe

Saturday 2 April, 10.15 am to 4 pm

We will be exploring what can build love in adversity and what can prevent it. We will look at times in our own lives and in the world when adversity is experienced and ask what we can learn from it so our love can be deepened? We will use images, music, personal experience and reflection.

Mary Jo spent the first 25 years of her working life in a Convent. She then retrained in Pastoral Theology and Adult Religious Education and now spends much of her time enabling people to move from crisis to opportunity.  Mary Jo is a regular visitor to Cockfosters.

Mary Jo will host this event on Zoom:

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sitting at the Feet of the Carmelite Mystics


Audrey Hamilton

Saturday 11 June 2022, 10 am to 3 pm

Teresa of Avila famously described prayer as nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends, taking time to be alone with Him who we know loves us. She and the other great Carmelite mystics have much to teach us about how beloved we are and the grandeur of our calling. They also help us to be authentically ourselves in the reality of our daily lives. Join us as we sit at their feet and enter the mystery of God’s transformative love.

Audrey is a long-standing friend of the Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality.  Initially formed in the Ignatian tradition, she has for the past few years been exploring and sharing with others the depths of Carmelite Spirituality with the friars at the Oxford Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality. She is a spiritual director and retreat giver.

Retreat Day

Josie von Zitzewitz

16th July, 10am to 1 pm

Josie von Zitzewitz has been meditating for 20 years and regular gives retreats. She is an oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation. She is a regular contributor to our programme and will be visiting Cockfosters in person for this event. More details to follow.

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.

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

and put CCS as your reference.

One comment on “2022 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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