Baptists and Benedictines

We were pleased to welcome Guy Yeomans to talk to the community about his work in the area of spiritual direction in this area. Guy is a Baptist minister from Australia with the unusual skill of guiding people using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

He, like us, has seen a growth in the number of people seeking spiritual direction, and he wishes that the monastic community be aware of the importance of Downside as a place of prayer. He said how much he, and the people he guides, appreciate the celebration of the Divine Office and the church itself. He felt that “prayer is in the walls” at Downside and emphasised the impact that we have on the local community by our presence.  

Guy is hosting monthly ‘spiritual exercises’ day retreats at Downside this spring, click here to book.