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Thicket Priory



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18 - 25 January 2020: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18 - 25 January), when we pray especially for that unity for which Christ Himself prayed: "That they may be one." (Jn 17:11)
We thank God for the many small ways in which this prayer is being answered here at Thicket, through the friendships we have with Christians from throughout the York and Selby area and especially in our own local Anglican benefice. It has been a joy and privilege and one of the greatest blessings since moving to our new monastery, that so many have come to feel at home here.
We pray that we may continue to grow together in the love of Christ and play our part in healing His broken Body.

Resources for the week of prayer can be downloaded from

5 January 2020:
We were delighted to welcome the Wheldrake Singers for their Christmas concert, directed by Robin Black and accompanied by Graeme Urwin. There were reflective moments between the carols with some seasonal poetry selected and read by Bron Urwin. Thank you to all who contibuted to making it such an enjoyable evening.

19 December 2019: Christmas Carol Service
Our Carol Service was a very special evening. Thanks to all who attended, especially to our Parish Priest Canon Jerry Twomey for leading the Service, to our readers and to David and Moira for enhancing the music so beautifully.

8 October 2019

We were delighted to welcome the Union of Catholic Mothers from St Aelred's Parish in York  who joined us for Mass celebrated by their Parish Priest Fr Bill Serplus (who is also the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor for the UCM) and for refreshments afterwards.

26 July 2019
This year marks the tenth anniversary of moving to our new monastery on 21 May 2009.  We celebrated with a Mass on thanksgiving on 26 July 2019, which is also the anniversary of our community moving from Exmouth to Thicket in 1955.  We were delighted to be joined by so many of our friends – clergy from the dioceses of Middlesbrough and Leeds; our sisters from Stanbrook, who also celebrate their tenth anniversary this year; sisters of the Congregation of Jesus from the Bar Convent; Sisters of Mercy from Hull; members of the Carmelite family; Bishop John Thompson of Selby; members of the local Anglican communities; our night carers and so many of our friends from near and far who have supported us in so many ways throughout the years. In his homily, main celebrant Fr Tony Lester spoke of Thicket as a place of welcome for everyone.  The Mass was followed by afternoon tea in the monastery and gardens. Here are some photos from throughout the afternoon:

18 May 2019
We were pleased to welcome the Eckhart Society for their annual Northern day of reflection.
The theme was "Love, Justice and Eckhartian Spirituality" and talks were given by Ronald Haynes, Roswitha Jarman and Rebecca Stephens, followed by a wide-ranging discussion. Martin Riley
re-enacted one of Meister Eckhart's sermons.