- Parish Life
ANNUAL RETREAT 2017
Growing in faith with examples from the life and writings of St John of the Cross
The Rev'd Dr Jennifer Moberly
Cramner Hall, Durham
23-25 June 2017
While the word “retreat” may be misunderstood by the uninitiated, it is actually an exercise which helps us to move forward in our spiritual life.
The annual retreat is a regular fixture in the Christ Church calendar and takes place on a weekend (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) in May or June. The first retreats took place in Vienna at the end of the 1960’s before transferring to the Cistercian Monastery of Heiligenkreuz which is nestled in the Vienna Woods. Retreatants repaired to this beautiful ancient place of worship for many years before moving to the present venue of Stift Göttweig. This baroque Benedictine monastery, whose origins date back to 1094, is perched atop a hill in Lower Austria and offers a stunning view of the Danube Valley and its vineyards.
The monastery has a separate Retreat Centre located in the monastery grounds, equipped with its own chapel and all other facilities conducive to spiritual training, prayer, contemplation and fellowship.
The retreat is led by a retreat leader who is chosen by the Chaplain of Christ Church. These have included the Very Revd. Michael Mayne, Sister Frances Dominica, Bishop Edward Holland, Bishop Hugo de Waal, and the Revd. Sally Wells and the Revd. Tania Witter, both former members of Christ Church Vienna.