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

The aim of the Group is for its members to grow in prayer following the teachings of St Teresa of Avila. The Group is organised by the London Secular Carmelites under the direction of Fr Matt Blake OCD. Membership of the Group is open to all and is free.

For 2023-24, the programme will be based around the life of St Teresa and her teaching on prayer as set out in her autobiography, The Book of Her Life. There will be eight monthly meetings from October 2023 to May 2024 at the Carmelite Priory, 41 Church Street, Kensington, from 6.30 to 8.00 pm. on a Thursday evening. The dates for this autumn will be 19 October, 16 November, 7 December: those for 2024 will be available later.

Six distinguished Carmelite speakers have recorded video talks specially for this programme, and they will be made available to members ten days in advance of each meeting (apart from the initial one in October) via a private YouTube channel, to be viewed at home as background for the meeting. At Kensington there will be a brief introduction to the meeting, followed by a time of quiet prayer, and discussion and sharing about the talk and about our experience of prayer.

Those interested in joining the 2023-24 programme should register in advance with Mark at the contact below. Prospective members can also register at the first meeting in October and registrations up to and including at the November meeting will still be accepted. But, because of the progressive nature of the programme, it will not normally be possible to register later than that.

The London Regional Representative
Teresa Lynch OCDS