The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) is a centre for research and training that promotes the renewal and growth of the spiritual life, drawing on the rich resources of the venerable Carmelite Tradition. At The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, you are welcome to enter into the silence where God’s voice is heard in prayer, word and sacrament, inviting you to journey ever more deeply into a place of growth and wholeness. Our goal is to bring people to experience a life-transforming friendship with God through a lived experience of Carmelite spirituality that is authentic to its biblical roots. We strive to achieve this through retreats and study programmes using various resources from books and publications to multimedia and online programmes.
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) is part of the service mission of the Carmelite Priory which is home to a small community of Discalced Carmelite friars who live their lives in allegiance to Jesus Christ and by a spirituality of Prayer. Our home is set in seventeen acres of woodland and surrounded by beautiful hills of Oxfordshire. It is an oasis of peace, stillness and prayer. Its peaceful and green spaces offer an ideal place for quiet prayer and meditation.
We are privileged to have a host of great saints and writers who have enriched the Church and guided countless pilgrims along the road of prayer and in their spiritual search including Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth of the Trinity and Edith Stein. They are sure and tested guides, who speak from their own experience and offer help and encouragement to others.
As Carmelites, our contribution lies principally in helping people in their prayer, whether they pray regularly or have forgotten how to pray. We invite people to join us in our prayer. We pray with and for people. Our retreats and individual accompaniment are marked by a contemplative and a prayerful quality that is distinctive. We provide the space and resources that facilitate spiritual renewal and the encounter with God in silent prayer.