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16th February 2018 – 18th February 2018 all-day
Downside Abbey
Radstock BA3 4RH

DOWNSIDE ABBEY Catholic Social Teaching Retreat                         

All services are in the Abbey Church, unless indicated otherwise. Meals are in the Weld Refectory.


From 5pm Arrival at Abbey Visitor Centre, refreshments and registration. There will be a “running” buffet for supper.

6pm Vespers

8 pm Compline, followed by Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in the Crypt Chapel.

A Priest will be available in the Confessional to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation between 8 – 9 pm. However, please approach any of the Priests at any time during the Retreat if you wish to make your Reconciliation.

9.15 pm Introductions, and outline of the Retreat in the Gasquet Hall.

10 pm Hot Chocolate and cookies in the Weld

SATURDAY 17 February 2017

6am Vigils (Optional!)

7.10 am Lauds, followed by breakfast

8.35am Mass

9.30 am, or after Mass, refreshments in the Weld

10 am Talk by Hugh Walters, Head of Theology, Downside School

The Four Main Principles of Catholic Social Teaching:

  1. a) The Dignity of the Human Person and the Common Good
  2. b) Subsidiarity and Solidarity


11.30am Break

12.30 pm Midday Office

1 pm Lunch

2.00 pm am Talk by Hugh Walters, Head of Theology, Downside School

British Values and Catholic Social Teaching- is there a conflict?


3.30 pm Break

4.00 pm Talk by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

5.45 pm Break

6 pm Vespers

6.30 pm Supper

8pm Vigils

9 pm Social time in Plunkett, with hot chocolate and cookies, and some board and card games!


SUNDAY 18 February 2018

7.30am Lauds, followed by breakfast

10 am Mass

After Mass, refreshments

11.15 am Talk by Hugh Walters, Head of Theology, Downside School

“Living out Catholic Social Teaching- some historical and current examples”


12.15 Break


12.30pm Midday Office

1 pm Lunch

2.30 pm Talk by Anne and Peter Barrett “The Camino Portuguese: Training, equipment and the spiritual experience” Anne and Peter, have walked the Portuguese twice, and thoroughly recommend it. They will be able to tell you all that you need to know!

4 pm End of Retreat.