Centenary Year

Centenary Year of Women of Prayer
On St. Telio’s Day 1923, a small group of women came from Chichester, Surrey, to Tymawr, near Monmouth, Wales, to begin a life of contemplative prayer dedicated God and living off the land. The present day community of contemplative sisters invite you to join them in this programme of Quiet Days, Pilgrimage and Eucharist honouring Women of Prayer.

Quiet Days

11 February 2023 Contemplative prayer and Mission Dr. Jane Williams

Whether we notice it or not, our practice of prayer is deeply connected to the character and purposes of God. Far from being a private, life-style choice, to be a pray-er is to be drawn into the action of God for the world. Jane Williams is McDonald Professor in Christian Theology at St Mellitus College. She is the author of a number of books, including Lectionary Reflections; Why Did Jesus have to Die?; and The Art of Christmas.


Remembering Julian of Norwich – Celebrant and Preacher: Bishop Cherry Vann

13 May 2023 Widows, mothers and virgins: praying with women through hard times. Rev Dr Hannah Lewis SCL

Hannah Lewis is a BSL using deaf priest currently working in the Diocese of Oxford with the Deaf community. She is also a liberation theologian and a single mother and has taken life vows in Single Consecrated Life. Prayer is the only way she holds all this together.

Quiet Days

3 June 2023 Teresa of Cartegena and God in the Silence.

Venerable Karen Lund

Karen is Archdeacon of Manchester. She is a poet, mystic and lover of God and trees. She is also a creative felter, basket weaver and horsewoman.

2 September 2023 Praying with women poets Professor Nicola Slee

Nicola Slee is Director of Research at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, and Professor of Feminist Practical Theology at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.  Both poet and theologian, Nicola has authored many books concerned with women’s faith and spirituality. Current book with Canterbury Press, Abba Amma: Improvisations on the Lord’s Prayer

7 October 2023 Finding an ordinary Nazareth: insights from the French author and mystic Madeleine Delbrêl’ Revd. Catherine Duce

Catherine Duce is a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with responsibility for the Nazareth Companions, an online contemplative community. She is a founding member of the wider Nazareth Community which began in 2018. Catherine is a recent new mum and lives in North London.

4 November 2023 St Non: the faithful and surprising prayer of self-emptying love Rt. Revd. Mary Stallard

Mary Stallard is a bishop in the Church in Wales and a founder member of MaeCymru (Merched a’r Eglwys: supporting women in the Church in Wales). She is a Welsh learner, married to the Rev Andrew Sully, and has two daughters.

Each Quiet Day begins at 9.30am with the Office of Morning Prayer, followed by our speaker for the day and time for rest and prayer before the midday Eucharist. After a ‘bring your own’ lunch, our speaker will lead the afternoon session, which will end with Vespers at 4.30pm. Please book your place for each Quiet Day by email to [email protected] or by post to The Chaplain, Tymawr Convent, Lydart. Monmouth NP25 4RN.

Information and a booking form for the Pilgrimage to St. Melangell are available from the Chaplain (details above).

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