St Therese intensely lived her last 18 months knowing that she was incurably sick and her shifting experiences are preserved in her letters and in the notes of conversations with her sisters.

Considering Therese’s own experience of loss and the relentless progress of her illness, we will reflect on how she can help us in the process towards death that we all go through and how – and in what form – spiritual direction can help us to ‘befriend heaven.’  Is there an approach to spiritual direction that addresses the distinctive needs of those coming to the end of their lives?

Date:  Saturday 27th January 2024

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm (UK, London)

Speaker: Michael Woodward

Michael is a small press publisher, poet, retreat leader and pilgrimage coordinator, and has recently completed the Spiritual Direction Formation Programme from the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality. In October the quarterly Mount Carmel magazine published his article exploring the potential connection between St Therese’s experience and spirituality, and a more specific spiritual accompaniment that could be of value for those ready to contemplate their own death.’


3.45pm            Zoom opens
4.00pm            Opening Prayer and Introduction
4.10pm            Session 1
4.45pm            Comfort Break
5.00pm            Session 2
5.30pm           Break Out Groups
5.45pm Plenary, reflection

5.55pm         Guided Prayer and close

Free for CSN Members

Non members

The Carmelite Spirituality Network is offering this workshop for its members as part of enriching the ministry of Spiritual Directors.

This is also open to spiritual practitioners of other traditions of Christian spirituality – spiritual directors/accompaniers, formators, guides, retreat facilitators or anyone interested in spirituality.