London Region

Teresian Prayer Group








The Teresian Prayer Group is organised by the London Secular Carmelites, under the direction of Fr Matt Blake, OCD.  The aim of the Group is for its members to grow in prayer, following the teaching of St Teresa of Avila.  There is a monthly talk by a distinguished Carmelite speaker, followed by 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 next programme will run from September 2022 to May 2023.  As with the 2021/22 programme, it will follow the journey of prayer as described in St Teresa’s Way of Perfection, with reference to the example of other Carmelite saints.

Members of the Group can attend the monthly meetings at three different locations or times:


  1. The Notting Hill Carmelite Monastery, 87 St Charles Square, London W10 6EA, on a Sunday from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

  2. The Carmelite Priory, 41 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BB, at the provisional time of 10.45 am to 12 noon on a Saturday morning

  3. Holy Innocents’ RC Church, Strickland Way, Orpington BR6 9UE, on a weekday evening (time and day to be determined).

The talks are recorded in advance and will be made available to members at the beginning of each month via a private YouTube channel.  At sessions 2) and 3), members will be expected, to have watched the talk at home in advance of the meeting.  At session 1) the talk will be shown on a big screen at the start of the meeting, and therefore it will not be necessary to have watched it in advance.

Those wishing to join the 2022-23 programme can sign up at an introductory meeting in September at each of the three venues – the time and date of these will be announced on this website as soon as they have been determined.  It will also be possible to join the Group at one of the October meetings but not normally later on during the course of the programme.  Numbers at session 2) at Kensington and session 3) at Orpington are unrestricted but, because of space constraints, places at session 1) at Notting Hill might have to be limited.

Contact:  Mark Courtney at

Those who have attended one of the Teresian Group programmes in a previous year who wish to continue to deepen their prayer life in a supportive group will be invited to a series of talks and discussions during 2022-23.  Those who attended in 2021-22 will receive an invitation automatically; those who attended in previous years and wish to receive an invitation should contact Mark Courtney at the email address given above.


“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.


For more information contact Heather Ward OCDS: or see the local website: