"I am delighted that the Cor et Lumen Christi Community are in the
Diocese of Lancaster. I am happy to commend their ministry of witness
and service. They have my encouragement, support and prayer."
The bishop emeritus of our diocese, Bishop Patrick
Some of our members
with the Bishop
Prayer in the chapel
St Cuthbert's House
The nearby Lake District
Praise & Worship
Praise & Worship
Urgent Appeal: St Cuthbert’s Needs a New Roof
St Cuthbert’s and
Cor et Lumen Christi Community
St Cuthbert’s was the first religious house to be built in Cumberland after the Reformation. It was abandoned in the early 1990’s and Cor et Lumen Christi bought the building in 2001. Since then we have been bringing the building back into use. We have a variety of ministries through which we seek to renew the Church throughout the north. These include retreats and conferences, discipleship for young people, hosting parish groups, Alpha and ministry to the poor & needy. Currently we can accommodate around 50 people residentially for retreats and events.
Despite considerable work to repair the building, its capacity to accommodate guests and serve the ministry is restricted due to the deterioration of the roof (which was built in 1857). As a result we are unable to use all the rooms within the building. Following damage caused by the storms of 2015, the professional opinion of roofing contractors is that the roof should be replaced.
Benefits of a New Roof Capacity: Many of our rooms can not be repaired due to the leaking roof. Once the roof has been replaced, we would be able to renovate these rooms, dramatically increasing the number of guests we could welcome.
Dry Rot Free: The main cause of deterioration of the building has been water ingress leading to devastating dry rot damage. Replacing the roof and guttering will eliminate this problem.
Windows: Our top floor attic windows are rotten and unusable. As part of the roof replacement, we would also replace these windows.
Warmth: Currently the building loses heat rapidly through the roof. New insulation and felt will retain heat in the house, increasing energy efficiency. The resulting reduction in heating bills will release more funds for mission.
In order to replace the roof, with insulation, slate, under felt, lead, gutters and windows we need to raise £75,000 by 30 June 2016.
Can you help?: By supporting this project you will be contributing to the formation, spiritual growth and discipleship for people of all ages and helping to restore a beautiful and historic religious building for the future.
We greatly appreciate any amount you can give towards this project. Please click the “Donate Now” button below and remember that you can Gift Aid your donation if you are a UK tax payer. Thank you!
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St Cuthbert's The Old Convent
Cumbria CA7 9HU
St Cuthbert's is a Cor et Lumen Christi Community and retreat centre on
the edge of the Lake District National Park, in Wigton, Cumbria. The
150-year-old convent was the first building in the old county of
Cumberland built for a religious community following the dissolution at
the reformation and retains much of its historic character. Around half
an hour's drive to Keswick, St Cuthbert's is an ideal location for
retreat and relaxation. It is within easy reach of the Skiddaw fells,
with many beautiful and quiet places for walking nearby. Only fifteen
minutes from the sea; there is plenty for families to do.
Our conference room is an attractive venue, offering the latest
technology, with exposed red sandstone walls and wood burning stoves.
Our garden room is a comfortable, bright room with sofas and a
kitchenette. Both rooms are used by the Community to host our groups
and events. They are also used regularly by a number of groups from the
We have a chapel where the Most Blessed
Sacrament is reserved, providing a sanctuary for private prayer. We
currently have accommodation for up to 40 people residentially.
Members of the Community and Mission Fellowship receive ongoing
formation and we have a committed group of people who are growing in
relationship with God and each other.