“Christian hope … is very important, because hope never disappoints. Optimism disappoints, but hope does not! We have such need, in these times which appear dark, in which we sometimes feel disoriented at the evil and violence which surrounds us, at the distress of so many of our brothers and sisters. We need hope! We feel disoriented and even rather discouraged because we are powerless and it seems this darkness will never end. We must not let hope abandon us, because God, with his love, walks with us.” (Pope Francis)


The Midlands Region warmly invites you to this year’s National Assembly at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire for a time of prayer, reflection and sharing.

The National Assembly is an annual weekend gathering for the Christian Life Community in England and Wales. It is open to all who are interested in CLC and Ignatian Spirituality, you do not need to be a paying CLC members.

It is an opportunity:

  • to meet CLC members and enjoy a wider sense of community
  • to learn more about Ignatian spirituality and the CLC way of life
  • to gain a broader perspective of CLC nationally and worldwide
  • for listening, private prayer, reflection and small group sharing
  • for communal prayer and Mass. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Ralph Heskett, our National Ecclesiastical Advisor
  • an opportunity for some members to make a permanent commitment to CLC
  • to relax, with social time and entertainment and it is family-friendly
  • to enjoy full board and lodging at a very low price in beautiful surroundings.

The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) take place on Sunday 16th July.

Please contact Ann Kelly for further information.

An information leaflet and a downloadable booking form are below. Please return booking forms by Friday 23 June 2023. STOP PRESS (6 June). All residential places have been taken. Complete the booking form for non-residential places or if you want to go on the waiting list please don’t send any money.