The aim of this new course is to train participants to be ministers of prayer who will help others to pray and flourish in their prayer life. The course will explore the dynamics of prayer both in one-to-one settings and in prayer group meetings and workshops. The training will be based on Carmelite Spirituality in the contemplative as well as mystical tradition of St Teresa of Jesus, St John of the Cross, and St Thérèse of Lisieux.
The course will include the following: experiential sessions in which aspects of Carmelite prayer will be explored, biblical ways of prayer, reflections on the experience of prayer, listening skills and relationship dynamics, basic skills for leading prayer sessions, models of prayer, difficulties in prayer and aids to prayer.
One does not need to be a Carmelite or even know much of Carmelite spirituality to be part of the programme. All that is necessary is a commitment to one’s prayer life and a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s prayer experience and in accompanying others who turn to them for support on their spiritual journey.
A sample of the themes for the first term of the course, the Autumn Term:
Throughout the year, students will be asked to:
The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality has an excellent library and bookshop, which are available to the participants on the programme. Throughout the year participants will work in small groups where they will share and discuss various topics and the experience of prayer in the Carmelite tradition. They will be encouraged to organise and lead Morning Prayer.
The course runs on Saturdays (mostly first and third of the month (unless marked with an asterisk) during term time, 10 am - 4 pm, and also includes the Weekend of individually Guided Prayer (dates to be arranged with each participant).