The warm family atmosphere of Ashwell House is inspired by St Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. A Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church, Opus Dei helps ordinary men and women find holiness in their everyday work, study and family life. In Ashwell, this means helping students to discover a deeper meaning in their studies and wider life, through service to others and witnessing the richness of the Catholic faith. The Christian formation offered in Ashwell is optional and available to anyone interested.

The Chaplain of the Residence celebrates Holy Mass regularly and is available for spiritual guidance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There are also regularly scheduled meditations (guided prayer in the chapel) and afternoons of reflection which are organised for those of any faith who wish to join.

Ashwell also hosts weekend retreats for students to have the opportunity to spend a weekend with God in prayer and reflection. The retreats are silent retreats guided by staff and a Catholic priest. Retreats are held throughout the year at Wickenden Manor in Sussex and are an excellent way to put life in perspective, rest and reflect.

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