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Vision for Whalley Abbey

The vision for Whalley Abbey is for it to be re-focussed as a retreat centre, a Centre for Christian Discipleship and Prayer, restoring the Abbey to its heritage by building a community which combines the ancient practices of contemplation, prayer and mission rooted in the Apostolic confession “Jesus is Lord.”


It’s Core Values will be:

Community: An inclusive community where all are valued – lay and ordained, paid staff and volunteers, friends, tenants.


Discipleship: A place apart where people come to deepen their relationship with God and are sent out with a renewed sense of mission.


Prayer: A real spiritual powerhouse, where prayer is offered (both gathered, dispersed and online) for the diocese and the world, and where the eucharist is central.


Learning: A seat of learning where leaders can grow and be refreshed.


Hospitality: A welcoming place offering generous hospitality to all, including those in need.


Encounter: A place of encounter, where seekers and tourists can encounter Jesus Christ.


Sustainability: living within our means financially, and modelling what it means to live more gently with God’s creation and reduce our carbon footprint.


Visiting the Abbey you should expect to see a building and grounds in which Christian discipleship and prayer are central, with a variety of activities going on such as:


o  A rhythm of daily prayer for the diocese and the world, and a regular eucharist led by the small resident community in a renewed chapel, which will be heartbeat of the house, open for prayer at all times.

o  Individuals, lay and ordained, booking in for self-guided retreats, sharing in the community’s daily prayers and using a revamped library for private study.

o  A inspirational place for meetings and conferences.

o  Guided prayer walks – that engage with the natural surroundings of the site and wider Ribble Valley, and with bespoke works of art in the gardens.

o  A retreat programme that attracts people from far and wide.

o  Parish visits for weekends, vision days, quiet days and Alpha weekends.

o  Joint events with the cathedral, including pilgrimage walks, Holy Week and events for the dispersed praying community around the diocese bound together under a common Rule of Life.

o  Children and young people and schools’ groups coming to engage in outdoor learning about sacred history and the environment.

o  Ordination retreats and residential courses for curates and ministry discernment panels.

o  Individuals in need or distress coming for respite and refreshment, referred by their parishes.   

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