Our aim at St Bede?s is to provide hospitality, welcome and peace to all who come and also to provide a place apart for those who want to explore and deepen their spirituality.
The Centre was started by a small community of Benedictines from Ampleforth. When they left, the CJ (Congregation of Jesus, formerly the IBVM) community, whose property it is, took responsibility for the centre, helped initially by the very supportive ?Friends of St Bede?s? who did much to ensure it did not close during those transitional months.
More recently the energy, enthusiasm and initiative of the two lay Administrators together with the CJ community has done much to ensure that the ecumenical aspect of the centre continues to flourish.
The main work of the Centre is to run a regular programme of spirituality. The aim of this is twofold: firstly, to provide talks, workshops and quiet days run by a wide variety of speakers from different denominations and faiths; secondly, to foster Ignatian spirituality through occasional retreats, spiritual direction and courses for all who are interested.
?Alongside this we provide rooms for local and national groups to meet to run their own training courses or workshops. There are also smaller rooms for individual use by counsellors and spiritual directors.