Prayer and formation
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
At Ridley we believe that the power and credibility of ministry depends on the Spirit of God, shaping and reflecting the character of Christ in us.
Although everyone is different and each member of the community arrives with their own experience of prayer, we want Ridley to be a place where everyone can deepen their prayer life. We hope too it will be a place where we learn to be those who will enable others to pray.
A host of resources is available to the Ridley community - including student spouses - to nurture a rich and transforming prayer life:
- a chaplaincy team, for support
- a prayer weekend early in the first year, for encouragement
- local spiritual directors, for guidance
- a month of guided prayer and a programme of Ignatian-style prayer, for growth
- a weekly Quiet Hour and Quiet Days, for refreshment
- lectures drawing on the depth and breath of the Christian spiritual tradition, for enrichment
Click the tabs below to explore some of these resources further.
Opportunities at Ridley to grow in prayer include:
All students are invited to talk about their prayer lives with their personal tutor, and to meet annually with the Chaplain to explore ideas, to ask for help with finding a spiritual director or to seek other guidance.
Many members of the Ridley community - including spouses of ordinands - belong to prayer triplets. These nurture ongoing supportive friendships which often continue beyond Ridley into ordained life.
The Prayer Weekend
This is a cross between a retreat and a parish weekend, for all First Year students and their spouses. It provides sessions on different aspects of prayer, with plenty of time for prayer and fellowship in between. As well as being fun and a good opportunity to get to know each other better, it also provides ideas for future use in a parish setting.
Ignatian Guided Prayer
Any students who would like to undertake two terms of Igantian-style prayer are warmly invited to do so. The programme enables a taste of the Exercises of St Ignatius, which provide a useful framework for exploring the spiritual journey. The minimum commitment is an hour of prayer a week and a meeting with a guide for up to an hour once a fortnight. Daily prayer material is available for those who would like to pray in this way every day.