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 Prayer & Spirituality 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 or if you have a query email: spirituality@leeds.anglican.org


Fra AngelicoUp and coming events

Ampleforth Abbey & Stanbrook Abbey with Anglican Centre Rome: Ripon Support Group. 14 October 2017.
The Tent of Meeting with poet Maggie Jackson. Quiet Day considering where we 'meet' God. 28 October at the Mirfield Centre.
Open Quiet Day on Jeremiah with Bishop Paul Slater at Parcevall Hall. 16 October 2017.
Silence Clinic with Dr Alison Woolley 7.30pm, 18 October 2017 at Bradford Cathedral.
Listening God: hearing his voice in your own life with Lister Tonge. 6.30 onwards, Wakefield Cathedral on 19 October 2017.
Magnificat Jesus through Mary's eyes. 3.30pm, 22 October 2017. St Christopher's, Holme Wood.

All diocesan events.


The Prayer & Spirituality Team

The Prayer & Spirituality 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