Llysfasi Spirituality Workshop
Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 6XB
The team facilitating the 2020 Llysfasi Spirituality Workshop:
MARY ROSE FITZSIMMONS HHS
Mary Rose’s work in spirituality began in Glasgow in the 1970s in the Helpers’ retreat house (an international Ignatian congregation: www. societyofhelpersgb.org). 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.
Richard is a priest of the Liverpool diocese, with pastoral experience in both the UK and the Bolivian Andes. 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. After many years of practice he now finds himself principally engaged in the accompaniment of priests and Religious. He lives and works in collaboration with the Helpers community, engaged in spiritual accompaniment, counselling and supervision. Flowing from the ‘Male Journey UK’ movement he is involved in men’s support groups.
SHEILA McNAMARA RSCJ
She is a religious sister in the Society of the Sacred Heart (www.societysacredheart.org), which is a congregation belonging to the Ignatian family, and is part of their Leadership Team. She 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 accompanying others in their spiritual journey, leading quiet days and retreats, offering supervision and is 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.
SILVIA BERECZKI HHS
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 nature, poetry, music, films, symbols and stories as ways of seeking and encountering God, who finds us and loves us wherever we are. She is also 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 spirituality, in pastoral care of young adults, and in media in her homeland, Transylvania, and in Austria. Silvia also lived in Cameroon for a short time and she spent the last few months in the Liverpool community of her congregation. She participated in the Llysfasi Workshop in 2014 and has been a member of the team since. She has instrumental in the development of the Llysfasi Workshop in Transylvania over the last three years.