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"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

Conference Room

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.
The Roof
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!

For further details of any of facilities or events please contact us at:

Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org
Phone: 016973 45623

St Cuthbert's The Old Convent
Cumbria CA7 9HU

History and Location
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 local community.

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.

Click here for more information on joining community.

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