Our Ethos: The things that define who we are and the way we aim to be
Safeguarding and Vulnerable People:
The Society of the Sacred Mission, St Antony’s Priory Durham, is committed to:
•The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults
•The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
•The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
•Operating and implementing a safeguarding policy (a) in full alignment with ‘Practice Guidance: Safeguarding in Religious Communities (Church of England)’ (June 2015); and (b) safeguarding polices, practices and guidelines of the Diocese of Durham.
A generosity of Spirit:
Which allows people to come as they are and be as they are. We are a different St Antony’s now from the one that prayed four times a day and saw that as its primary task, the atmosphere we create is through a spirit of open-ness to others.
That seeks to say yes to others as they come, is one of our hallmarks, to see the good and the opportunity rather than the potential problem. Whether you are coming as small group for half a day or for a weeks personal retreat, we seek to extend a quality of welcome in the care given through wholesome food, fine accommodation and focussed listening.
Prayer and silence:
Creative worship and praying is still at the heart of what we do.
A space where people can meet God:
As they seek beyond themselves, or in the depths of themselves, through being still, connected to nature, or in host of traditional and creative ways that help travel that path. We believe all can benefit from silence, reflection and being listened, to let the divine light shine more brightly in each of us. This place of retreat in this beautiful city can help that to happen.
The spirituality that undergirds all we do is seeking to find God in all things, in all people and all creation and to honour that.
Many wells to drink from:
We are eclectic in approach , and we offer many and varied things in our programme that grows and evolves year by year to help us connect with and deepen life in the spirit .
We are acutely aware of the challenges of this present age and seek to address the huge questions of how we humans live on this planet.
At the micro level we seek to source our food more locally and organically year on year and provide home- cooked meals, seeking to live out a more sustainable way.
At the macro-level we seek to listen to the wisdom of the earth that offers guidance for all humanity in this perilous time.
We also seek to look out and have a number of growing initiatives and courses. In particular our Breaking Exclusion Project works with those in recovery from addiction, giving them tools for well-being and resilience .