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
It’s Core Values will be:
inclusive community where all are valued – lay and ordained, paid staff and
volunteers, friends, tenants.
place apart where people come to deepen their relationship with God and are sent
out with a renewed sense of mission.
real spiritual powerhouse, where prayer is offered (both gathered, dispersed
and online) for the diocese and the world, and where the eucharist is central.
seat of learning where leaders can grow and be refreshed.
welcoming place offering generous hospitality to all, including those in need.
place of encounter, where seekers and tourists can encounter Jesus Christ.
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:
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.
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.
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.
visits for weekends, vision days, quiet days and Alpha weekends.
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.
and young people and schools’ groups coming to engage in outdoor learning about
sacred history and the environment.
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.