There are retreat centres catering for a wide range of different attitudes and people. Here Sr Eleanor discusses a new centre which caters for a very special clientele.
IN 1983 the Sisters of La Retraite opened a retreat centre for disabled people in Clapham South London. Necessary adaptations of their convent were financed from the sale of their direct grant school in Bristol, where the sisters now run the Emmaus Pastoral Centre.
The decision to provide retreat facilities for the disabled followed on from many requests for such amenities to Harborne Hall, Birmingham (the wellknown In Retraite retreat house in the Midlands). The centre for the disabled has 14 spacious rooms, each with its own toilet (unisex disabled design), a lift and bathrooms with electric hoists. A resident SRN is in charge of the 24-hour nursing care offered.
The house is situated on a beautiful six-acre site which it shares with a primary and secondary school. hence the fact that all rooms look onto green lawns and trees. Retreatants are welcome to join the prayer life of the resident community (which includes some disabled sisters) and to bring a companion if they wish.
Retreats are individually guided and if a disabled person Is too ill to travel, the centre can provide a retreat at home, in other words send a retreat giver to the disabled person's home or convent. For further details contact: Sr Eleanor, La Retraite Retreat Centre for the Disabled, Atkins Road, London SW.12 OAB. Tel 01 675 3160.
Financial help is greatly needed and the sisters thank all those who have encouraged and helped them in this venture so far.
The Living Liturgy which appeared on this page last week was written by Tom Coyle, not Chiara Lubich as stated. Chiara Lubich's The Word of Life is to be found on page 9 of this issue.