Join The Wellspring Community, monks of Worth Abbey, and young people from across the country in this interactive online retreat over the Easter Triduum.  With a mixture of prayer, small groups and talks there is a great opportunity to journey with others deeper into the mystery of Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We have created the timetable in such a way that you should be able to attend the liturgies in your local church and if this is not possible we will offer guidance in how to create a prayerful liturgy at home. Should one of the sessions clash with your local liturgy you will have access later so you can catch up.  

Plenty of space will be given to allow for deep reflection and personal journeying with God.

"Lovely & powerful talks well delivered. Thank you so much!! I have never experienced Easter in such a deep way!" (Feedback from the Virtual Easter Retreat 2020)

 


 

Speakers

Ben Gray is a husband, father and teacher.  He is a founding member and current leader of The Wellspring Community.  In addition to his work for The Wellspring Community, Ben has spent the last 12 years teaching Philosophy and Theology in Catholic schools.

Sr Anna Christi Solis, OP has been a Dominican Sister of St Cecilia for twenty-one years. For the past eight years, she has served in her congregation's house in Scotland as a catechist, youth minister, and retreat-leader. She has a particular love for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and enjoys studying the relationship between human nature and grace. 

Cheryl Ann Smith has been a member of the Madonna House Community for 40 years, and has been serving the England House for over 10 years.  Madonna House is a spiritual family in the Catholic Church, with a charism of profound love and union with God and others.  Founded in 1947, it is one of the new ecclesial communities, with 200 laymen, women and priests under promises of poverty, chastity and obedience.  Cheryl Ann has served in field houses in North America and also in the main center as schola director and director of formation of novices. 

For many years an Anglican Priest, Br David Jarmy became a Catholic and entered the monastery at Worth Abbey in 2009. For much of the time since he has been involved with The Wellspring Community in running retreats for Young Adults and delivering the monastic studies formation for The Wellspring Formation and Mission house.  Alongside this he is also a Monastic Choirmaster & Vocations Promoter.

Claire O'Sullivan is the Catholic Chaplain to Brighton University and a member of The Wellspring Community. She is married with a little boy and occasionally finds time to paint icons.

Alexander McLean is Founder and CEO of Justice Defenders – a global charity with 350 people working across four African countries. Alexander has a passion for the law as it relates to the most marginalised, having trained as a barrister and magistrate. He was named UK Young Philanthropist of the Year and on Time Magazine's list of 30 Under 30. He also recently won the WISE Award and Grinnell Prize.  


Timetable

(Please note timings may be subject to change.)

Palm Sunday 28th March

20:00 Welcome and Talk by Ben Gray of  The Wellspring Community "Become a New Creation"
20:45 Small groups
21:00 Night Prayer

Maundy Thursday 1st April

18:00 Welcome
18:10 Talk by Cheryl Ann Smith of Madonna House "A New Commandment I Give to You: Love One Another as I have Loved You"
Mass of the Lord's Supper (local church)

Good Friday 2nd April

8:00 Morning Prayer streamed from Worth Abbey 
8:30 Personal Prayer
(opportunity to catch up last night's talk)
9:45 Welcome back
10:00 Small Groups
10:45 Break
11:00 Talk by Br David Jarmy OSB  "The Redemption of the Cosmos"
12:00 Small groups
12:45 Introducing the afternoon
13:00 Midday prayer streamed from Worth Abbey
13:15 Lunch / Silence and reflection / Walk / Reading
15:00 The Liturgy of the Passion (local church)
20:00 Reflection evening

Holy Saturday 3rd April

7:30 Morning Prayer streamed from Worth Abbey
8:00 Personal Prayer
9:45 Welcome Back
and introduction to lectio divina.
10:00 Small groups
10:45 Break
11:00 Talk by Sr Anna Christi OP "What's New about the New Creation?"
12:00 Small Groups
12:45 Introducing the afternoon
13:00 Midday Prayer streamed from Worth Abbey
13:15 Lunch
14:00 Free time / Guided lectio with monks of Worth Abbey
17:30 Welcome back and talk by Claire O’Sullivan of The Wellspring Community about engaging with the beauty of the Easter Vigil.
18:00: Personal prayer
18:30 Evening prayer streamed from Worth Abbey
Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday 4th April

8:00 Morning Prayer streamed from Worth Abbey
8:30 Personal Prayer
Easter Sunday Mass (local church)
Available from 9:00 Talk by Alexander McLean of Justice Defenders "Everyone gets to play"
12:00 Welcome Back
13:00 Small groups
13:30 Short Plenary