In order to help us on our pilgrim way through life, the parish of St. Hilda´s offers a variety of opportunities for adult formation at different times in the year:

  • In Lent we have a Retreat in Everyday Life click link for more details. 

  • The full Ignatian Retreat (“19th Annotation”) “Inviting Jesus Home” is offered over 33 weeks each year, beginning in mid-September click link for more details.

  • Those interested in contemplative prayer practice are invited to take part in the “Oasis of Silence” programme offered as an ecumenical project at St. Hilda´s Priory, Whitby click link for more details.

  • At different times in the year there will be Synod-style meetings to share different aspects of our faith and explore what this means for us personally and our parish. click link for more details.

  • If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, as a parish we are very happy to accompany you on your journey. 
  • At present, the RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is offered in our parish by Madonna House, a religious community based in Robin Hood´s Bay. 
  • Please contact either our parish priest Fr Patrick Keogh or Father Michael Weitl from Madonna House. click link for more details.

As the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council put it:  

Christians should … rejoice that, following the example of Christ Who worked as an artisan, they are free to give proper exercise to all their earthly activities and to their humane, domestic, professional, social and technical enterprises by gathering them into one vital synthesis with religious values, under whose supreme direction all things are harmonised unto God’s glory….(And) since they have an active role to play in the whole life of the Church, lay(wo)men are not only bound to penetrate the world with a Christian spirit, but are also called to be witnesses to Christ in all things in the midst of human society.”  (Gaudium et spes 43)