Contemplative Retreats in the Way of Franz Jalics SJ    
also known as the
Gries Path of Prayer

Oasis of Silence, St. Hilda´s Priory Whitby

Retreats and courses for 2023

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School for Contemplation online 

This School of Meditation will provide a step by step introduction to the
Gries Path of Prayer over 7 consecutive Sunday afternoons

15 th October – 26 th November 2023 2.30-4.30pm via zoom.

This School for Contemplation, will provide a step-by-step introduction to the Gries Path of Prayer.
It is based on Franz’s book Contemplative Retreat. An Introduction to the Contemplative Way of Life and to the Jesus Prayer.

‘There are many paths to contemplation. I show you just one of them. I do not want to exalt my way above others.
On the contrary, I am very happy that they exist and I
appreciate them. I myself have walked the way I describe:
should it help someone else to
find his or her way I am satisfied.’ (Franz Jalics SJ)

The course of 7 sessions will take place on Sunday afternoons 2.30-4.30pm via Zoom.

Each session includes guidance through Meditation Exercises, a Reflection, opportunity for quiet reflection, an invitation to the group conversation. In addition, participants are invited to a weekly ‘live’ (telephone/zoom) conversation with their allocated course guide

The course is for anyone:
– seeking a more contemplative way of praying and living
– willing to be introduced to a new way of praying
– familiar with this form of contemplative praying and living who wishes to refresh and to deepen it.

We ask of you a commitment to
– stay the course as well as participating in each of the sessions
– to daily prayer as guided
– to weekly conversation with course guide

The course, co-ordinated by Paddy Rylands, will be led by our Team of trained Spiritual Directors, experienced in this particular Way of Contemplative Prayer and Retreat Accompaniment.


Some background Information

In 1984, Fr Jalics SJ became the Director of Haus Gries, Germany, opened under the auspices of the
German Province of the Jesuits. There, he developed a particular style of residential retreat, also
called a School for Meditation. It is rooted in his experience of contemplative praying and living, his
rootedness in Ignatian Spirituality, and his many years as a Spiritual Director.

A Team has been offering the Retreat in the UK since 2015, first of all at in St Augustine’s Priory,
House of Prayer, N.Wales which continues to be the base for this Way of Contemplative Prayer in
the UK. The Team now outreaches to various Retreat houses as well as making the Retreat/School of
Contemplation available via Zoom.

TO APPLY FOR A PLACE: Please contact the Administrator: or Telephone:01492 514223

Donations of £250 are invited to cover the Course costs. If this is a problem, please let us know.

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in the Way of Franz Jalics SJ, also known as the Gries Path

St Augustine’s Priory

House of Prayer, Cliff Rd, Old Colwyn.LL29 9RW

The Team, experienced in facilitating this particular Contemplative Way of Praying and Living, is offering the following Contemplative Retreats in 2024:

  • 8 th – 16 th May at St Rita’s Retreat Centre, Honiton, Devon 2024
    16 th – 25 th August at Loreto Spirituality Centre, Llandudno 2024

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