Spirituality has been described as that which makes us conscious of the mystery and wonder of life and moves us to seek meaning in it. It recognises there is more to life than what we see and touch. Different things may prompt it
For Christians the source of all life and being is God revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian Spirituality is how we experience being drawn into the life and activity of God by his Spirit. It involves Prayer and study of the Bible but is much more. It is about the whole of life.

The Spirituality & Prayer Team work in a variety of ways to encourage everyone in the Diocese in the development and growth of their spiritual life. Events, resources, training and spiritual direction are some of the areas they are involved with. Please use the menu to find out more.


Fra AngelicoUp and coming events

Open Quiet Day: Mary the Mother of the Lord and his Church led by Revd Canon Paul Greenwell. 10-4pm 21 August at Parcevall Hall. 
Men's Spirituaity Weekend 8 September at Holy Rood House, Thirsk. 
Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer Retreat with Revd Canon Charles Dobbin. 11 September at Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield. 
Exploring Silence 2 workshops, film & performance. 16 & 27 September at Bradford Cathedral. More.
Finding our Way in Prayer with Alison White, Bishop of Hull. 21 September at Wakefield Cathedral. 
Ampleforth Abbey & Stanbrook Abbey with Anglican Centre Rome: Ripon Support Group. 14 October 2017.

All diocesan events.


The Spirituality & Prayer Team

The Spirituality and Prayer Team aims to support and encourage churches and individuals in spiritual growth by

  • providing literature and events to help and encourage prayer
  • putting people in contact with those offering spiritual direction and spiritual companionship
  • training in Christian listening skills and spiritual direction
  • support and oversight to spiritual directors


James Allison

Revd Canon James Allison
Spirituality Adviser
Huddersfield Area
01422 202292

Gill Butterworth

Revd Canon Gill Butterworth
Spirituality Adviser
Wakefield Area
01924 249725

John Smith
Spirituality Adviser
Leeds and Ripon Areas
Mavis Rouse

Mavis Rouse
Spiritual Direction Coordinator
Bradford Area
01274 889807