International Spirituality and Renewal Centres
“Healing Places – the Redemptorists unique contribution to The Church in Britain”
St. Mary’s Kinnoull & Hawkstone Hall are our Retreat Centres. Click on the links to see the associated web-sites.
Father Jim McManus CSsR. works in our international Spirituality centre in Kinnoull, Perth, Scotland; this is how he describes our task:
"In our renewal centre we offer guests the opportunity to define themselves for themselves. Then we help them to reach the decision to live up to their own definition of themselves. We all run the risk of trying to live up to somebody else’s definition of us and thereby never discover our true selves.
The Vatican Council said that “we can only discover our true selves in sincere self-giving” (Church in Modern World 24)) To make this discovery we often need a lot of inner healing, interior discipline, personal growth and time with the Lord in prayer and silence. The gospel word for this is Conversion. In our centres we accompany people on their journey of self-discovery through the experience of conversion."
Listen to what others say of our ministry at Hawkstone Hall:
"Hawkstone is a place of astonishing loveliness and grace. From a frenetic city theatre in China I moved to an English house and landscape that were crafted to calm you: at Hawkstone you learn to walk slowly, noticing God's grandeur. For me the highlights of the course were the lectures on the Gospels and the Hawkstone pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which re-introduced me to Jesus of Nazareth. For that I will be forever grateful."
Sister Clara Liu Qiao, an eye surgeon from China
"The course changed the direction of our married lives. We both decided to become lay missionaries, and we now work in Goa for AIDS patients"
Karl & Josephine - Singapore
"The course was excellent because it helped me to face my demanding ministry as a diocesan priest in a new and confident way. The lecturing and the preaching were simply the best I have heard anywhere... After three months I feel renewed physically, spiritually, and psychologically. Truthfully I have rediscovered myself in a wholly affirming way."
Fr Cain Mkhwebane, a parish priest from South Africa