Carmelite Monastery

Thicket Priory



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News & Events

19 March 2020:
COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions

Following the guidance issued by the Bishops Conference of England & Wales, and further instructions from Bishop Drainey, Mass will not be celebrated at Thicket until further notice.

We hold everyone in our prayer during these challenging and uncertain times.

24 March 2020:
We regret that our chapel is now completely closed to the public. We remain united with you all in prayer.

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.

Wheldrake Singers