This section gives an overview of what you can expect to find when you visit Dowry House Retreat. As a building whose history can be traced to pre-reformation days, you will need to be prepared for low ceilings and uneven floors. The higgledy-piggledy nature of the house makes it a joy for the adventurous and the collection of nooks and crannies are a delight to those who like surprises!
As many people already know, the spirituality of Walsingham is that of the Annunciation. The resident Community of Our Lady of Walsingham offer hospitality in this spirit, as well as teaching and accompaniment so that those who wish to understand and live it in depth may do so. Residents are free to join them in the daily liturgy of hours, except on Thursdays when there is no public recitation of the office. The sisters will always welcome any questions about Walsingham, the faith in general or provide a listening ear for those who wish to be heard. Their hope is that people who are especially going through times of transition and who may need to make important life decisions will find the space and resources at Dowry House to facilitate the process.
The tabernacle for Eucharistic adoration is a focal point of the retreat centre and guests are encouraged to spend time with the Lord when they wish or with the sisters in their morning adoration. “The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offences and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1380).
This section also looks at the many facilities we already have available at Dowry House Retreat and which we are looking to improve over time. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome, and as donations to the chapel fund and garden fund increase, so will the quality of what is offered.
The above photo shows the official opening of Dowry House which happened at the same time as the opening of the Peter Sibley collection on 25th October 2017. Many items form this collection are on display at Dowry House.