Short History of the Society of Retreat Conductors

The Society of Retreat Conductors was established in 1924 as a group of priests of Anglo-Catholic tradition who shared a common discipline and whose purpose was to study the Spiritual Exercises, train retreat leaders, give retreats in the Ignatian tradition and run retreat houses. It ran its own retreat house, Stacklands, in Kent between 1940 and 2005. The SRC is now an ecumenical body of experienced retreat givers who welcome into membership all retreat givers and spiritual directors who are willing to work within an Ignatian ethos. Its financial resources are being used to encourage and facilitate the provision of continuing Ignatian training both for its members and for others, and to work with other bodies in the promotion of the practice of retreat. Supervision may be offered, but members may also seek it elsewhere according to their own individual situation. The Society does offer Grants to enable people to attend retreats and courses themselves and the application form can be found on the website.

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Grants are available to assist those undergoing training in Ignatian spirituality and the giving of the Spiritual Exercises.We are currently offering a special rate for those wishing to attend a retreat at The Coach House in Kilmuir. SRC will offer grants of 50% for anyone wishing to stay there. Please see details of all they have to offer at:

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The origins of the Society can be traced back to the publication of Fr Charles Plater's book Retreats for the People in 1912. One of those it inspired was Major Arthur Bowker who, together with Fr Philip Bacon, visited Belgium to see some of the houses which had been described by Plater.


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O God,who by the teaching of your blessed servant Saint Ignatiusdrew many into union with you,grant that the brothers and sisters of this Society,having his life and labours in remembrance,may show forth their thankfulness for the sameby following the example of his zeal and patience.Through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen