The City is My Monastery: A Twenty-Four-Hour Retreat with the Royal Foundation of St Katharine.
with Revd Richard Carter
In a time of great change this retreat will focus on a rhythm of contemplative prayer and reflection to centre us in God’s love and hope. Those participating will be invited to join with us in a 24 hour cycle of prayer, rest and contemplation.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is an oasis of hospitality, peace and prayer in London’s East End.We are delighted that the retreat will be led by Revd Richard Carter, Associate Vicar for Mission at St Martin-in-the Fields. He is author of The City is My Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life and leader of The Nazareth Community.
This unique offer to personally join this 24 hour retreat will include led sessions exploring; seeking, scripture, sharing and sacred spaces. There will be opportunities to virtually join our live Chapel services, alongside creative space for times of stillness, prayer and contemplation.
While we will not physically be together we hope this will be a genuine new opportunity to spend time on retreat through the gift of virtual connected-ness at this extraordinary oasis.
Richard has served at St Martin’s since 2006 with particular responsibility for mission: he is responsible for coordinating pastoral care and work with refugees and asylum seekers, working closely with the Connection at St Martin’s, a day centre and emergency night shelter. He also founded and leads the Nazareth Community, a diverse gathered community of more than 75 people, seeking to live a simple rule of life based on seven central practices: silence, service, sacrament, scripture, sharing, Sabbath and staying. The life of this community and their search to live prayerfully, generously and compassionately in the midst of this busy city is detailed in his recent book The City is My Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life. Published by Canterbury Press 2019. Their contemporary rule of life will provide the rhythm for our 24 hour retreat at St Katherine’s Foundation and is open to all. Richard leads retreats and quiet days and is a frequent contributor to the BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service. Before he came to St Martin’s he was Chaplain to the Melanesian Brotherhood in the Solomon Islands and a Brother himself. He is a frequent visitor and leader of quiet days at St Katherine’s Foundation and studied at The Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, who used to be based here at St Katherine’s