Our Boars Hill Community

Within our Boars Hill community, the friars observe a simple life of prayer and solitude, which are balanced with daily liturgy, work and love of neighbour. The friars offer a variety of retreats and courses, based mostly on Carmelite spirituality and the ancient tradition of prayer. Each friar at Boars Hill bring their own unique skill and spirituality to all their retreats and courses they offer.

Meet our Friars at Boars Hill

Fr Alexander Ezechukwu, OCD

Fr. Alex is a Carmelite priest and serves as the prior of the Carmelite community at Boars Hill, Oxford. Fr Alex is a trained spiritual director with many years of pastoral experience in guidance in the spiritual life. He holds a Licence in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. Fr Alex also serves as the co-director of CACS.

Fr. Liam Finnerty, OCD

Fr Liam Finnerty, OCD is a Carmelite priest and holds degrees in Theology and Social Work from Milltown Institute, Dublin and Glasgow University, respectively. Fr Liam has many years of experience in the retreat ministry and mentoring.

Fr John Hughes, OCD

John Hughes O.C.D. is a Carmelite priest of the priory community at Boars Hill, Oxford. He was given the task, for some years, of helping in the formation of young Carmelites, both as Director of Novices at Boars Hill and Prior of the student community in Dublin. Fr. John made his first profession on 9th April 1970. He once said: “ there is nothing like the education that God, Himself provides by displaying his grace in the souls of quite ordinary people.” It is more effective than reading many shelves of books.”