Guest and retreat accommodationThe Community of St Francis San Damiano 38 Drury Street Metheringham Lincolnshire LN4 3EZ Telephone: 01526 321115 email: metheringham*************
Resident Guest Room
The Community in Metheringham provides one single room for an individual to stay on retreat, for a few days ‘away from it all’, somewhere to relax, to work, to study, to pray, to have a holiday or a sabbatical and to spend time with God in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. The main meal is usually eaten with the community in an informal setting, guests sharing at our family table, with guests having access to the kitchen to make their own breakfast and lunch. It is possible for those wishing to remain in silence to have their meal to take away on a tray. There is a small fridge in the guest bedroom. Access to the guest bathroom is on the ground floor and is furnished with an electric shower and toilet. Bed linen and towels are provided.
‘San Damiano’ provides a comfortable, friendly place to visit for the day, for quiet days, meetings, somewhere to relax, to take ‘time out’, to pray and to spend time with God. There are two rooms available: The Sitting Room/Library (max 8 people) furnished with easy chairs and the Chapel/Conference Room (max 24 people) furnished with moveable padded chairs. Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied and guests are asked to bring their own packed lunch. Groups can also come for half a day or an evening.
(above l-r) Chapel/Conference Room, Library/Lounge, Library/Lounge
The hermitage is a log cabin and an additional space, set in the wooded grounds available as a prayer space for an individual quiet day. With insulation, heating and electricity it is suitable for use all year round. There are facilities to make a hot drink and biscuits are supplied.
The Hermitage in the wooded part of the garden, looking through the window
The public facilities for day visitors in the house i.e. Chapel, Sitting Room and Guest Room, Toilet and Shop Area have level access, though the entrance to the house has a step in the porch. The grounds are pretty rough and uneven though there is a level gravel path around the house.
|The Chapel is available for private prayer when not in use by a group. There is also a library available for guests to browse during their stay. The house is situated in beautiful grounds and accessible to a number of local footpaths. The log cabin in the garden can be used as a meeting room for spiritual direction and as a prayer space for day retreats.|
|Chapel with altar set in the bay window overlooking the garden.|
In a retreat the main purpose is to be available to God. Several types of retreat are available at ‘San Damiano.’ If you arrange to meet with a Sister for pastoral support or retreat guidance we ask you to consider an appropriate financial donation for this, as well as for accommodation. For more information about retreats click here (opens a new window, PDF Format).
Other things we can offer
Sisters may be available to spend time with individuals or groups for retreats, talks, quiet days, spiritual direction, prayer guidance or simply to offer a listening ear. These ministries should be arranged in advance. We would ask you to consider a financial donation for these ministries.
Visitors are welcome to join the Sisters in Chapel for their daily services, which are normally Morning, Midday, Evening, Night Prayer and Holy Communion.
How to book
The house is generally open from Wednesday to Sunday for resident guests, but at times those staying for Individually Guided Retreats may stay over on Mondays respecting the community’s silent day and the more informal structure of the day.
Booking enquiries should be addressed to: ‘The Community of St Francis’, by email: metheringham**********, by post or by phone. Always include your name, postal address and phone number. Enquiries will not be answered on a Monday or Tuesday. Receipt of a completed booking form and a non-returnable deposit confirms the reservation.
We welcome all people to San Damiano and offer you our Franciscan hospitality. It is important to us that you come and share our life, whatever your circumstances. We do not charge for your visit but would be glad to accept any donation towards the cost of running the house and its ministry. We have no major external source of income and rely on donations to finance our ministry. Our suggested donations can be found on the ‘Guidelines for Donations’ Leaflet. As a registered charity we are able to reclaim tax on these donations, from UK taxpayers who are willing to sign a Gift Aid declaration. Gift Aid information and forms are available from the Sisters.
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