Catholic Medical Association Retreat at Worth Abbey

A two-day residential retreat of prayer and reflection on the vocation to healthcare.

Date and time

May 31 · 7pm – June 2 · 2pm GMT+1


Worth Abbey Paddockhurst Road Crawley RH10 4SB United Kingdom


8:00 – 22:00

Daily Programme

Each day will include: Holy Mass, Holy Rosary and preaching as outlined below in “About this Event”. In addition, attendees are free to join with the prayer of the Benedictine monks and there will be…
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Meal Times:

BREAKFAST 7-8am, LUNCH 1.15pm, SUPPER 7.15pm

About this event

  • 1 day 19 hours

The retreat offers the opportunity to take a complete rest from the pressures of modern-day healthcare with time to reflect on the vocation to the caring professions. The beautiful, serene setting of Worth Abbey and the rhythm of Benedictine prayer-life will be conducive to quiet contemplation and the rejuvenation of spiritual life in the context of medicine, nursing and the allied professions.

The retreat will be led by Canon John O’Leary, Chaplain to the CMA and Rector of Allen Hall Seminary, along with Fr Michael Jarmulowicz, a parish priest in London as well as a former consultant histopathologist and CMA president.

Preaching will centre on the liturgical feasts and seasons coinciding with the retreat and will aim to be relevant to healthcare professionals:

Friday May 31st – The Visitation

“The significance of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary for being a missionary disciple today.”

Saturday June 1st – First day of the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Coronary Care: Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus”

Sunday June 2nd – Solemnity of Corpus Christi

“The Healing Power of the Eucharist”

Canon John and Fr Michael will also be available for Confession and individual spiritual direction.

There will also be plenty of free time for private prayer and the opportunity to join with the prayer of the Benedictine monks.

The retreat welcomes all healthcare students and workers whether or not CMA members.


  • FULL RETREAT – 2 NIGHTS0£180.00Read more
  • Retreat Attendance for ONE night ONLY (Sat or Sun)0£90.00Read more
  • STUDENT – FULL RETREAT – 2 NIGHTS0£15.00Read more
  • (LOW INCOME) Retreat for 1 NIGHT ONLY (Sat or Sun)0£50.00Read more
  • (LOW INCOME) Retreat for 2 NIGHTS0£100.00Read more

Frequently asked questions

How can I travel to Worth Abbey by public transport?Is there parking available at Worth Abbey?Are the rooms ensuite?Are there price concessions for students and people on lower incomes?Do I have to be a Catholic in order to attend the retreat?Are all meals included?

Organized by

Catholic Medical Association UK

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) was founded in 1911 as the ‘Guild of Ss Cosmas and Damian’. At that time, it was a fraternal guild for Catholic medical doctors. It later changed its name to the Guild of Catholic Doctors. In recent years, it began to represent Catholics working in all healthcare professions, to better reflect the multidisciplinary nature of modern healthcare systems. As contemporary culture has changed, so has the CMA.