After running Abbotswick, the Diocesan House of Prayer for Brentwood Diocese, for 13 years we were invited by Bishop Alan Hopes to run Dowry House Retreat, the new retreat facility for the Shrine of Our Lady Of Walsingham.
After many years of waiting, the Good Lord has provided us with a small base in the heart of Walsingham, right opposite the Abbey Gates in the High St!
Here we have a schedule providing a good balance between prayer, time alone and together as well as the important work of hospitality for retreatants and the many pilgrims who pop in off the High St. Guests are always welcome to join us for the Divine Office. We keep great silence from after night prayer until after morning prayers the next day.
On Sunday evenings and on Mondays there is no public recitation of the office as we try and take Mondays as our rest day.
|07:00-08:00||An hour’s Eucharistic Adoration followed by breakfast|
|09:30||Mass in parish or in-house.|
|13:00||Lunch (On Friday’s we have a self-service lunch as it is a day
of more silence and fasting) followed by chill-out time
|14:15||Time for rest, study or work depending on duties|
|16:45||Evening Prayer, Fiat Rosary and an hour’s silent prayer (in a place of one’s choice e.g. oratory, chapel, garden or in one’s room)|
|20:20||Office of Readings|
|21:30||Night Prayer followed by silence|
We usually attend daily Mass in the parish church but there is often Mass in-house when priests are staying. Sometimes we attend the midday Mass at the shrine, especially during the pilgrim season. We have a community meeting with life-sharing once a week and on Sundays we have faith sharing.
Family and friends often visit and we have a monthly community outing and monthly desert day. Apart from an annual 6-8 day retreat and a 3 week holiday with families, we also have a extended hermit experience once a year.