It was decided by the Provincial Council of the Discalced Carmelites to close our house in Preston. The decision wasn’t taken lightly, but it was felt that we haven’t got the personnel to keep this Retreat House going. It is a pity as in just 15 years it has become a dynamic centre for spirituality in the North West of England. Our numbers are so low that one house in our English Region had to go. The actual closure will take place later in the year; not sure yet of a precise date.
I shall be moving to our Priory in London, Kensington, at the end of August, to take up my appointment as full time vocations director. Please keep me and this task in your prayers. All Orders and Congregations are struggling for vocations in Western Europe, but there are vocations, only not as many as before. It is all in God’s good hands.