Monks, nuns and priests in Catholic religious communities often have deeply prayerful lives that bring them closer to the Lord. So what can we learn from those with a devotion to great saints like St Thérèse of Lisieux, St Dominic, St Benedict, St Francis of Assisi, St Clare, St Bernard and St Ignatius? From the Dominicans to the Benedictines, the Carmelites to the Franciscans, this podcast series explores some of these wonderful 'Schools of Prayer'.
The Prayerful Guide St Bernard of Clairvaux
Sr Mary Apolline from the Berdardine Cistercian community at Brownshill, Stroud gives us her reflection on the remarkable twelfth century saint and reformer.
What lies at the heart of Christian prayer?
Fr James Hanvey SJ, Jesuit priest and Master at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, gives us an excellent reflection on Christian prayer for our 'Schools of Prayer' podcast series.
Carmelite Prayer and Spirituality
Fr James McCaffrey OCD, a priest from the Carmelite Priory in Oxford, talks passionately about Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Carmelite spirituality.
The School of St Ignatius
St Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits - in 1540. Today there are over 18,000 priests and brothers present in more than 100 countries. One of the 18,000 just so happens to be our current Holy Father, Pope Francis. In this podcast Dr Rob Marsh SJ tells us about Ignatian prayer and spirituality.
The School of St Dominic
In this 'Schools of Prayer' podcast, we learn more about Dominican prayer and spirituality from Sister Hyacinthe, from France - a Dominican Sister of St Joseph.
The School of St Benedict
For this podcast, we travelled to the heart of the Cotswolds, to Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire, to speak to Fr Stephen Horton OSB, Prior and Novice Master at the Benedictine monastery. Prinknash is a monastic community of men, who live in the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict.