Tuesday, 2nd March 2021
A Prayerful and Profound Start for the NNIBS Retreat Programme for 2021
On the weekend of February 26-28, New Norcia hosted its first retreat for the year. Led by Fr. David Barry, the weekend offered an intensive opportunity to re-focus and renew the spiritual life of seeking for God, through the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. These themes were addressed particularly from a Benedictine perspective. The retreat was well supported, with about a dozen participants, many of whom remarked that it was an extremely enriching and prayerful experience.
This retreat marks the commencement of the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies’ programme of events for 2021. Other events in the near future are a weekend on Middle English Spiritual writings on March 5-7, one of our ever-popular Benedictine Experience weekends on March 19-21, and a retreat based on the writings of the great 20th century spiritual teacher, Thomas Merton, on April 16-18.
The American publishing firm, TAN Books, have recently released an edition of the book Crown of the Virgin by St. Ildephonsus of Toledo. Translated by New Norcia’s Fr. Robert Nixon, this is the first time the writings of this widely venerated Spanish saint have been made available in English. In this work, St. Ildephonsus provides a powerful, imaginative and lyrical set of meditations on the Immaculate Mother of God, reflecting on her splendour, beauty and sanctity.
The book may be obtained through the New Norcia gift shop, as well as Book Depository, Amazon and other major retailers.