DYM Study Week 2024: “A Vision For Life”, 9th – 13th July

DYM Study Week 2024: “A Vision For Life”, 9th – 13th July

About the week

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) The annual Summer Study Week takes its starting point from this verse in St Paul. Led by a team of Dominican friars and sisters, its aim is to offer a systematic overview of Catholic theology for young adults and university students, especially for those seeking to make sense of theology and integrate it into a sustainable vision of Catholic life – to renew minds and help discern the will of God. There will be input on a variety of topics following the structure of St Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, covering subjects such as:

  • The doctrine of God & the Trinity
  • Creation
  • Human nature & the Fall
  • The Incarnation & our redemption
  • Grace & the Virtues
  • The Church & the Sacraments

Talks, workshops, and discussions will also look at how these topics fit into daily life, and in addition there will be liturgy with the monks of Douai Abbey, time for personal prayer, walks, excellent food, and social time with other young Catholics.

Who is it for?

The study week is open to any university student or young adult, aged 18-35, whether you are new to the Catholic tradition or looking to deepen your faith. No background in theology or philosophy required!

When and Where?

Dates: From 4pm on Tuesday, 9th July – late morning Saturday, 13th July 2024
Venue: Douai Abbey, Reading, RG7 5TQ.

How to get there

Douai Abbey is a monastery of monks of the English Benedictine Congregation, under the patronage of Saint Edmund, King and Martyr, located outside Reading.

The nearest rail station is Midgham, a short taxi ride or 25 minute walk from the Abbey. If you are travelling by car and have space to offer a lift to others let us know. It may also be possible to arrange lifts from the station.

More information about how to reach the Abbey can be found on their website here:

Booking information

The retreat costs £120 for students and the unwaged and £220 for wage-earners, which covers full room and board. If you would like to attend but have financial difficulties for any reason please contact us. The full amount must be paid before your space is confirmed.

The deadline for registration is 1st June 2024. There is also the option of purchasing a ‘benefactors ticket’, to subsidise the attendance of others.

To receive the booking form, and if you have any further questions, please email us:

Br John: or Br Jerome:

Last Year’s Study Week

Below are some photographs from last year’s Study Week (click on the photographs to enlarge):

The Godzdogz team consists of student brothers studying at Blackfriars Studium in Oxford.

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