Ampleforth Hospitality

19 June 2018

The Path of Life

Discovering the life you were created to live

An invitation
to begin
a journey of discovery

"Who is there here who longs for life?" (RSB Prologue 14)

Perhaps, like many of us, you are searching for something deeper, something that makes sense, for a true direction that makes your life really worth living.

Come and spend some time with others who can be companions on the same path. Begin a journey of discovery.

It could be a beginning that changes everything...

“Be who God created you to be

and you will set the world on fire."

(St Catherine of Siena)

Who is it for?

Anyone between the ages of 18-35 who wants to explore their faith and the direction their life is taking.

What is it?

An experience of simplicity and stillness in the peaceful setting of a monastery in a beautiful valley.

An experience of community and friendship, of time spent together with other people who are also exploring.

An experience of Christ, of discovering his presence in your life, listening to his voice within you, in the scriptures, and in those around you.

An experience of rest and space, of coming home to yourself and simply enjoying time spent together.

What does it involve?

Coming to any or all of three weekends which follow on from each other but are also self-contained. Each, for convenience, is given twice.

If you find afterward that you would like to explore further there is also a more extended two-week long summer residential experience.

“The Path of Life”
Weekend Experiences 2017

(1) Letting your life speak. (27-29 January or 8-10 September)

"Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am." (Parker J Palmer, Let Your Life Speak)

This weekend is an opportunity to listen to your own experience, to sense Christ already present there, and to begin to discern how life is drawing you and calling to you.

(2) To search and to find. (10-12 March or 6-8 October)

"Knock and the door will be opened to you, seek and you will find, ask and it will be given to you." (Matt 7:7)

This weekend with explore Christ’s invitation to come to know him and follow him. What does that mean for each of us? How do we begin (and continue) a journey of faith? What practical steps can we take to discover the life God wants for us and of us?

(3) You will show me the path of life. 

(16-18 June or 10-12 November)

"They came back rejoicing." (Luke 10:17)

“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfil our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.”

(Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island)

This weekend will explore how we can live a life unified by a sense of purpose and by a growing awareness of our own unique calling. As we discern and follow the path marked out for us we begin to discover the life and the joy God wants for us.

“You will show me the path of life,

the fullness of joy in your presence.”

(Psalm 16:11)

Two-week residential experience.

(1-15 July 2017)*

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

(D. H. Thoreau, Walden)

This longer residential experience aims to provide a space for deeper discovery and growth. Time spent alone and together will help consolidate and deepen what began during the weekends, allowing more time for questions and answers to emerge, as well as helping us to grow closer together as companions on the journey of faith.

Please note that there is no charge for any of these events. Participants are invited, if it is possible, to make a donation that is within their means.

* In order to participate in the two-week experience it is necessary to have attended at least one of the “Path of Life” weekends.