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Order of St Benedict (Burford Priory)

Burford Priory is home to a community of Benedictine nuns and monks. By a common life of prayer, manual work and study they try to create an atmosphere of stillness and silence in which the Community and its guests are enabled to be open and receptive to the presence of God.

While the recitation of the Office and celebration of the Eucharist constitute the principal work of the community, the ministry of hospitality, the care of the grounds (which comprises a large organic kitchen garden, formal gardens and woodland), the maintenance of the historic Priory buildings, and the income generating crafts provide a variety of manual work for the members of the community and those guests who wish to share in it.

The Priory seeks to be a place of encounter and reconciliation. The early concern of the Community was to pray for Christian Unity; and the Community enjoys links with Baptist, Lutheran, Orthodox and Roman Catholic communities. This ecumenism had broadened to include dialogue with people of other faiths, particularly those with a monastic tradition, and those who are seeking a spiritual way, either within or outside an established religious tradition.

An eight-bedroomed retreat house offers facilities for retreat and quiet time.

Further Information

Benedictine Community at Burford

Burford Priory
Priory Lane
OX18 4SQ

Tel: 01993 823605


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