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Service Times

Visitors are welcome
to join with the Community
at any or all of the services.

They will be held in the chapel unless otherwise shown

For normal service times please CLICK HERE or on the picture above

When: 18th to 25th July 2020

If it is possible for this week to go ahead, it will be an unexpected bonus!

But otherwise, we are offering a week’s retreat supported online by Sr Margaret and Br Sam.

Thinking Faith group

The week will be open to Catholics in their 20s to 40s.

What is Thinking Faith?

It began in 2005 and is led by a group of Catholic friends, Augustinian and Dominican, religious and lay, with a wide range of personal and professional interests and experience.

Our aim is to share with our guests for the Thinking Faith week a rich experience of community life, based on shared prayer, hospitality and friendship, and the chance to think seriously about our faith in the company of like-minded people.

We will also be joined by members of the community at Boarbank, whose warm hospitality makes Thinking Faith possible

The walks last year were very popular, so we aim to repeat them. And the theme couldn't be more relevant to our lives today.

We hope to be joined by Dominicans Fr Richard Finn and Fr. Sam Burke for this event.

What will happen?

The programme includes talks and discussions 

You will also be able to:

  • Make like-minded friends
  • Explore your faith
  • Enjoy the beauty of Cumbria
  • Pray and reflect
  • Share our community life
  • Walk in the Lake District
  • Enjoy social evenings

Who are we?

Speakers and organisers:

This is provisional only at this time, more information soon

  • Martina Rensen is a teacher from Meppen, Germany, who teaches Modern Languages and serves on her Parish Pastoral Council.

  • Sr Margaret Atkins taught for ten years at Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds before joining the Boarbank Community in 2005. She is interested in philosophy, ethics and environmental issues and is a translator and writer. Recently she spent some months on the staff of the English College in Rome.

  • Fr Sam Burke OP

  • Fr Richard Finn OP is a Dominican friar at Blackfriars, Oxford, where he teaches the history of early Christianity and runs the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice.
    He is the Thinking Faith chaplain.

Prayer & Liturgy

Daily Mass, Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Prayer of the Church

Opportunities for quiet reflection

The cost of the week including full board

To secure a place please send a deposit of £50 (cheques payable to ‘Boarbank Hall’).

Standard prices apply for our Guest House per night, (CLICK HERE for details) and we would also ask for a donation to help with course costs, speakers etc, as you are able.

Payment by donation only is available to students, the low-paid or anyone who needs it to attend. Please don’t hesitate to ask!

For more information please contact SR MARGARET

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