Centenary Year 2023

Centenary Year of Women of Prayer
On St. Telio’s Day 1923, a small group of women came from Chichester, 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.


20 MAY 2023 11.00

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).

Centenary Year

On 9th February 2023, the Society of the Sacred Cross will have been in Wales 100 years. To mark the Centenary, a number of events are planned under the title ‘Women of Prayer’. Details will be be posted shortly.

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Our Chapel is always open for prayer and we have services five times a day including the Eucharist each day at noon and Evening Prayer at 5:15pm. We welcome visitors to our services. It is helpful to let us know in advance when you are coming by emailing [email protected] .

IGR: Connecting with God

Connecting with God
Silent Individually Guided Retreat
6th to 10th August 2020
Tymawr Convent, Lydart, Monmouth NP25 4RN
If you are between 18 and 35 years and are searching for meaning and reality in a time of change and challenge, this retreat may be for you. Perhaps silence could open up for you a different way of coming closer to God? You may even be new to the idea of retreat and the possibility of meeting God in silence. Giving ourselves time and space away from our everyday routine can help us to seek God and reflect on our lives.
The retreat at Tymawr offers you beauty and space where you can spend time connecting with God in silence. A daily meeting to talk with your guide, who can listen and be alongside you, will help you to find a deeper awareness of God at work in your life and to discern how your journey of faith is unfolding.
The suggested donation for 4 nights is £200 full board, with individual rooms in standard accommodation.
For more information please contact Jane Booth [email protected], 01635 30343 or Nicola Mason [email protected] 020 7790 4952

Places are limited so early booking is advised

Christmas 2019

5.15 pm First Vespers
11.00 pm Midnight Eucharist

10.00 am Eucharist
12.00 md Midday Office
5.15 pm Second Vespers

Eucharist at midday every day after Christmas as usual.

All welcome to any service.

Study Day September 2019




 A day exploring Marian devotion as a gateway to grace, drawing on the Angelus and Rosary

Led by The Revd Alison Dummer

Alison is a retired URC Minister, who lives in Cardiff

The Study Day will be held at Tymawr Convent and begin with coffee at 10.00 a.m. and conclude at 4.00pm with tea.

Please bring your lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Please let the Community know if you would like to attend :[email protected]

tel: 01600 860 244

Holy Week and Easter 2019


PALM SUNDAY 25th March, 2019

12.00 Procession of Palms and Eucharist

MAUNDY THURSDAY 29th March, 2019

17.30 Eucharist with feet washing

GOOD FRIDAY 30th March, 2019

12.00 Sext

13.45 None

14.00 Liturgy

HOLY SATURDAY 31st March, 2019

20.30 Paschal Vigil

EASTER DAY 1st April 2019

10.00 Eucharist

Individually Guided Retreat August – September 2019

Individually Guided Silent Retreat
Tymawr Convent – 27th August to 3rd September 2019

This annual silent retreat affords beauty and space for body and soul to unwind.
The daily meeting with your guide seeks to foster a deeper awareness of God at work
in your everyday life: a source of fresh light and strength for the path ahead.

Suggested donation of £400
(Deposit of £50 with application form)

For more information and application form email or phone
Jane Booth 01635 30343 or
Susan Williams 01600 713573

As places are limited, early booking is advised.