London Region

Teresian Prayer Group








The aim of the Group is for its members to grow in prayer, following the teaching of St Teresa of Avila. The meetings in the current programme, which runs from October 2021 to May 2022, are following this journey of prayer as described in St Teresa’s Way of Perfection, with reference to the example of other Carmelite saints.  

The Group is organised by the London Secular Carmelites, under the direction of Fr Matt Blake, OCD.  Monthly meetings have a distinguished Carmelite speaker, followed by a time of quiet prayer and then small group discussion and sharing about the talk and our experience of prayer.  Membership of the Group is open to all and is free.

The talks for the 2021/22 programme are being recorded in advance and being made available to members at the beginning of the month via a private YouTube channel, to be watched at home in advance of the meeting (except for the Thursday evening session at Kensington where the talk is shown on a big screen).  Therefore, members can attend the monthly meetings at four different locations or times.

  1. The Carmelite Priory, 41 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BB, on a Thursday evening from 6.30 pm to 8.15 pm.  

  2. The Carmelite Priory, 41 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BB, on a Saturday morning from 10.00 am to 11.15 am. 

  3. Holy Innocents’ RC Church, Strickland Way, Orpington BR6 9UE, on a Thursday evening.

  4. The Carmelite Priory, Austenwood Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 8RY, on a Saturday morning from 10.45 am to 12 noon. 

Membership for the 2021-22 programme is now closed.  Information about the 2022-23 programme will appear on the OCDS website in late Spring 2022.

Contact:  Mark Courtney at


“No one ever took God for his friend that was not amply rewarded; for mental prayer is, in my opinion, nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing alone with Him, who, we know, loves us.”


St Teresa of Avila


East Midlands and Lincolnshire


Carmelite Spirituality Groups


Carmelite Spirituality groups are planning to meet monthly in Nottingham and Lincoln when meeting places become available once more.


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