Priests’ conferences take place annually attracting some 50 priests from a wide range of dioceses. The atmosphere is of profound priestly fraternity and priests enjoy Thornycroft’s excellent hospitality (full board and lodging, but with a non-residential option available too), its beautiful environment and stimulating talks and discussion.
Priests’ conferences are organised for the secular clergy and separate Thornycroft conferences are organised for the laity.
Each conference runs from Monday to Wednesday lunchtime, inclusive, starting with registration and lunch on Monday. Over the three days expert speakers each provide a lecture on a relevant topic and priests then have the opportunity afterwards to discuss issues arising from those lectures. In addition there is time for prayerful reflection with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday and Tuesday and morning prayer, meditation and concelebration of mass on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Conference: Priest as father
With the figure of the father increasingly contested in contemporary Western society, the priest can find himself questioning his own role and its ongoing validity. This conference seeks to give priests an ever deeper confidence in their mission as shepherds and fathers of their people.
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