St Teresa of Avila - 500th Anniversary Events

Throughout  2015 the Church around the world is celebrating  the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila, one of the great Doctors of the Church, with special exhibitions, conferences, retreats and Masses.   In Britain and Ireland the Centenary Year opened with celebrations in October 2014, and will close  with a Mass in the two nations in October 2015.

A list of events follows.  Further information to follow soon.

13 - 19 January 2015
London: Exhibition in Westminster Cathedral

3 - 15 February 2015
Northampton: Exhibition
Northampton Cathedral of Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury

7 February 2015
Oxford: Study Day on John of the Cross in Oxford
A study day on St Teresa's great collaborator, St John of the Cross, led by Dr Peter Tyler,  at the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education.

23 - 25 February 2015
Wolverhampton: : Teresa Triduum at Wolverhampton Carmelite Monastery
The community will be hosting the Teresa exhibition from 21st February - 1st March. To coincide with this there will be a 'Teresa Triduum' from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th February. The event opens with a talk from Fr Matt Blake OCD on St Teresa at 7.30pm on Monday 23rd February to which all are invited. Thereafter, a homily at each daily Mass. For details of times and location visit Wolverhampton Carmel.

7 - 22 March 2015
Norwich: Exhibition
Norwich Cathedral of St John the Baptist:

21 March 2015
York: Teresa Day 
A day of workshops on Teresa at York St John University with Evensong in York Minster, organised by York Carmelite Spirituality Group. Further details to be published soon.

27-28 March 2015
Oxford: Teresa Conference 
A major conference on Teresa will be held at the University of Oxford. For information and booking please click here.

28 March 2015
5th ANNIVERSARY OF TERESA’S BIRTH
Various celebrations will be held in Carmelite communities across Ireland and Britain.

28 March 2015 11.30am
Quidenham Carmel: Mass
Bishop Alan Hopes will be celebrating Mass at Quidenham Carmel in Norfolk, followed by a buffet lunch to mark the anniversary of Teresa's birth. The community will also be hosting the travelling Teresa exhibition from 27 March - 7 April. 

11 - 26 April 2015
Birmingham: Exhibition
At Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of St Chad:

2 May 2015
London: An Afternoon with St. Teresa at Notting Hill Carmel, London
The first of three Afternoons with St. Teresa - this one on 'Her Life and Times' - at Notting Hill Carmel from 2 - 6pm. (The Carmelite Monastery, 87 St Charles Square, London, W10 6EA, Tel. 0208 960 4248). The afternoon includes an exhibition, a conference by Fr Robert Opala, OCD, a period of silent prayer, refreshments, a Q&A session, and vespers. For further information email Sr Mary of St Joseph. NB This event has been moved from the previously advertised date of 9 May in order not to clash with the Mass at Westminster Cathedral.

2- 11 May
Leeds: Exhibition
At Leeds Cathedral Church of St Anne

9 May 2015
London: Mass in Westminster Cathedral
At the request of the Spanish Ambassador, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass in honour of St Teresa in Westminster Cathedral. Time to be confirmed.

16 - 25 May
SouthwarK: Exhibition at Southwark Cathedral

16 May 2015:
Quidenham Carmel: Afternoon
Jointly hosted by the Sisters of the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham in Norfolk and the local Discalced Secular (OCDS) groups, this is the first of three afternoons of talks and reflections on different aspects of Saint Teresa. The focus of this afternoon is her influence on the lives of the sisters and group members. The afternoon will include re freshments and time for discussion, and will end with Sung Vespers. To register for this free event please email Sr  Shelagh.Details below

30 May - 14 June
Middlesbrough: Exhibition at Cathedral

18-20 June 2015
London: Teresa Conference in London
A major academic conference on Teresa of Avila will be held at St. Mary’s University Twickenham, London. Keynote speakers include Lord Rowan Williams and Professor Bernard McGinn. 

20 June 2015
Quidenham Carmel: Afternoon
This afternoon at Quidenham Carmel in Norfolk, the second in the series, looks at Teresa's apostolic mission then and now. For more details visit Quidenham Carmel's website. The afternoon will include refreshments and time for discussion, and will end with Sung Vespers. To register for this free event please email Sr Shelagh. Details below

20-28 June
Shrewsbury: Exhibition
at Shrewsbury Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians & St Peter Alcantara

26-28 June 2015
Aylesford: Brightlights Festival
A workshop on Teresa will take place at the Brightlights Youth Festival, to be held at Aylesford Priory, England.

11 July 2015
Walsingham: Carmelite Family Pilgrimage
The first Carmelite Family Pilgrimage to the English National Shrine of Walsingham, Norfolk. Details to be published soon.

18 July 2015
London: An Afternoon with St. Teresa at Notting Hill Carmel
The second of three Afternoons with St. Teresa - this one on 'Her Teaching on Prayer' - at Notting Hill Carmel (The Carmelite Monastery, 87 St. Charles Square, London, W10 6EA, Tel. 0208 960 4248). 2-6pm. The afternoon includes an exhibition, a conference by Fr Robert Opala, OCD, a period of silent prayer, refreshments, a Q&A session, and vespers. For further information email Sr Mary of St Joseph. Details below

26 July 2015
Knock: Carmelite Pilgrimage
Teresa will be a particular focus during the annual Irish National Joint Carmelite Pilgrimage to Knock, Ireland.

August 2015
Walsingham: New Dawn Conference
It is hoped that events relating to Teresa will be part of the New Dawn Conference in Walsingham, Norfolk.

4 - 16 August 2015
Newcastle upon Tyne: Exhibition
Newcastle Upon Tyne Cathedral Church of St Mary:26 August 2015

Dolgellau: Mass
At Dolgellau Carmel (Concelebrants Bishop Peter Brignall of Wrexham Diocese & Emeritus Bishop Edwin Regan, Preacher: Mgr. Alex Rebello), 2pm. Please note the new date for this event.

28 August - 15 September 2015
Cardiff: Exhibition
Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David: 

31 August – 7 September 2015
Carmelite Forum Pilgrimage to Spain
Details to be published soon.

5 September 2015
London: An Afternoon with St. Teresa at Notting Hill Carmel
The third of three Afternoons with St. Teresa - this one on 'Her Work of the Foundations' - at Notting Hill Carmel (The Carmelite Monastery, 87 St Charles Square, London, W10 6EA, Tel. 0208 960 4248). 2-6pm. The afternoon includes an exhibition, a conference by Fr. Robert Opala, O.C.D., a period of silent prayer, refreshments, a Q&A session, and vespers. For further information email Sr Mary of St Joseph. Details below

7 - 11 September and 14 - 18 September 2015
Suffolk: Association of British Carmels Conference
A three-day conference on Teresa and her relevance today will be hosted by the Association of British Carmels and held at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Suffolk. The speaker will be the Australian Carmelite friar Fr Greg Homeming, OCD. This event will be open to members of the Carmelite Family only. Registration details will be available nearer the event.

12 September 2015
Quidenham Carmel: Afternoon
The final of a series of three sessions at Quidenham Carmel in Norfolk, this afternoon explores Teresa's teaching on prayer. For more details visit the community's website by clicking here. The afternoon will include refreshments and time for discussion, and will end with Sung Vespers. To register for this free event please email Sr Shelagh. Details below

2nd week of September 2015
Durham: Mysticism Conference, Durham
The Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain's conference in 2015 will be in Durham, England, on Mysticism and Spirituality.

22 September - 4 October 2015
Salford: Exhibition
Salford Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist

7 - 15 October
Worldwide: Novena of Prayer
Wherever you are in the world, join the Carmelite Family in nine days of prayer as the feast of St Teresa approaches.

13 - 23 October 2015
Nottingham: Exhibition
Nottingham Cathedral Church of St Barnabas

15 October 2015 9.30am
Dolgellau Mass
At Dolgellau Carmel, Wales, on the Solemnity of St Teresa (Celebrant: Fr John Bosco, Preacher: Fr Bob Rainbow)

17 October 2015
CLOSING CELEBRATION OF THE TERESIAN YEAR, AYLESFORD
Closing of the Teresian Year with a day of workshops, special events and Mass at Aylesford Priory, England.

17 October 2015: Festal Vespers
Quidenham Carmel in Norfolk
Festal Vespers at to mark the close of the centenary year. Vespers at 4.30pm will include excerpts from Handel's "Carmelite Vespers" sung by a special choir, and will be followed by refreshments.

3 November 2015: 5pm 
Dolgellau: Mass
Mass at Dolgellau Carmel, Wales, to close the Year for Religious (Concelebrants: Bishops Peter Brignall & Edwin Regan)

19- 20 November 2015
Dublin: Conference 
Academic Conference on Teresa at Avila Carmelite Centre in Dublin. Details coming soon.

 For more information and contact details see: http://www.teresaofavila.org/

 

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