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Llysfasi Spirituality Workshop

Finchale Training College, Plawsworth Lane, Durham DH1 5RX


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The team facilitating the 2016 Llysfasi Spirituality Workshop:


Mary Rose’s work in spirituality began in Glasgow in the 1970s in the Helpers’ retreat house. This work, mainly with women and young people, opened up her desire to earth the Ignatian Exercises in ordinary life and to make them more accesssible to people. Since then she has accompanied people in many different contexts, including Retreats, school chaplaincy and Weeks of Accompanied Prayer and is involved in the training of Accompaniers. She has been part of the Llysfasi Team since its origins and ongoing development and continues to be inspired by the process. Mary Rose lived for two years in London, taking some time for her own formation, including a year with ‘Re.Vision’. She is now back in the Liverpool community where she now works in ongoing accompaniment, pastoral work and also Leadership in her Congregation. She enjoys music, art, reading, film, the sea, and people.


Sheila attended the Llysfasi workshop in 2012 and was very attracted to the experiential and creative approach to the Workshop. Having spent many years in teaching and schools Advisory work, the Workshop was part of her transition to ministry in spirituality. She now works on the team at an Ecumenical Spirituality Centre in Durham City, accompanying others in their spiritual journey, leading quiet days and retreats, offering supervision and is now involved in the training of Accompaniers and guiding people through the Ignatian Exercises in daily life. She enjoys working with music, poetry, film and images. She is a religious sister in the Society of the Sacred Heart, which is a congregation belonging to the Ignatian family.


Richard is a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, ordained in 1976, with pastoral experience in both the UK and Bolivia. Aware that, as TS Eliot says, “we can have the experience and miss the meaning,” he took part in the 1994 Llysfasi workshop where he experienced the transformative and healing value of contemplative listening. This laid the ground for him to subsequently train as an Integrative Pyschosynthesis practitioner and counselling supervisor. Twelve years of practice now finds him principally engaged in the spiritual accompaniment of priests and Religious. He lives as a Companion to the Helpers in Huyton.


A deep desire to share with others the gift of God’s transforming love drew Silvia towards a passion for ministry in spirituality based on the Ignatian retreats. She experiences poetry, music, films, symbols, stories and nature as ways of seeking and encountering God, who finds us and loves us wherever we are. She is inspired by internationality and discovers through different cultures and languages ever new aspects of the same familiar spirituality and unexpected meanings of God’s Living Word. As a member of the Helpers of the Holy Souls she has worked in student chaplaincy and the pastoral care of young people, both in her homeland, Transylvania, and in Austria. Silvia also worked in Cameroon for a short time. At this time, Silvia is working in spirituality and media in Transylvania and accompanies people from all walks of life. Silvia participated in the Llysfasi Workshop in 2014 and has been a member of the team since.