Spiritual Resources

Dean Nicola Sullivan Recommends

Saying Yes to Life: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2020
by Ruth Valerio
(available in the Cathedral Shop and Southwell Minster’s Online shop)

Southwell Cathedral is focusing on ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ as this year’s Lent theme. We are basing Lenten reflections on Tuesday evenings around this accessible, practical and theologically engaging book.

Saying Yes to Life: This month's book choiceRuth Valerio brings her wide experience to this urgent question of how Christians are called to make a difference in sharing in stewardship of God’s creation. The book is well informed, balanced yet hard hitting in suggesting lifestyle changes, returning the reader to the Bible’s first book, Genesis as a starting point. It is a rich resource directing us to an extensive bibliography and lists of academic papers, journals, podcasts and websites for further study. It will not leave the reader complacent or indifferent to the pressing issue of climate emergency.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell


The City is my Monastery: A contemporary rule of life
by Richard Carter
(available in the Cathedral Shop and Southwell Minster’s Online shop)

The beginning of the calendar year is a popular time to make resolutions, whether to take more exercise, consume less alcohol, or get more sleep. The Christian tradition offers the idea of a ‘rule of life’ to keep balance to ensure that prayer, silence and reflection infuse our everyday lives of work, family commitments and all that ‘stuff’ that make us over busy.

Dean Nicola Recommends The City is my MonastryRichard Carter is a priest working in one of the busiest and nosiest parish churches in the country, St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square. He writes in refreshing ways about the complexity of modern living in a cosmopolitan city while drawing on an ancient wisdom from desert monasticism. He invites us to discover a holiness which is attractive and possible rather than remote and unattainable.

In this beautiful anthology of prayers, poems, stories and commentary, Fr Richard helps us to embrace the Christian faith in the Spirit by slowing down, cultivating attentiveness and joy, being unafraid at solitude and yet learning from the rich, varied and challenging community of other people. This is a book to feed, inspire and travel with through a new year and decade.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell


The Theology Group

All are welcome to this lively group which meets twice monthly, usually on a Tuesday evening in Sacrista Prebend at 7.30pm. We explore all aspects of faith and belief and our discussions range far and wide. Follow this link to find out about current and forthcoming programmes or email Alison Milbank at alison.millbank@southwellminster.org.uk for the dates of meetings.

Retreat House

Due to government guidelines, Sacrista Prebend Retreat House is unfortunately closed until further notice.

Sacrista Prebend Retreat House is a quiet space in the heart of Southwell. The house, with its chapel and large tranquil gardens, is available for anyone seeking stillness and peace, for individual or group quiet days, and for short periods of retreat.

To find out more, please visit the Sacrista Prebend Retreat House website or email office@southwellminster.org.uk

Download the 'Sacrista Prebend Programme of Quiet Days 2020' booklet.

Transcripts of Talks and Sermons


29.12.19 The First Sunday After Christmas (Hebrews 2: 10-end; Matthew 2: 13-end) - The Very Revd Nicola Sullivan 

22.12.19 Hope - The Reverend Dr Alison Milbank

15.12.19 Speaking Truth to Power - Canon Angela Ashwin

01.12.19 (Advent Sunday) The Second Coming - The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

24.11.19 Festival of Christ the King (Luke 23.33–43) - The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

17.11.19 Painful Upheavals - Canon Angela Ashwin

03.11.19 Black and White - Canon Angela Ashwin

22.09.19 Farewell Sermon - The Revd Canon Nigel Coates

08.09.19 Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (John 2.1–12) - The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

18.08.19 Jeremiah 23.23-29 and Hebrews 11.29-12.2 - Prebendary Stephen Lynas

28.07.19: Colossians 2:6-15 and Luke 11:1-13 – The Lord's Prayer – Canon Angela Ashwin

21.07.19: Colossians 1:15 and Luke 10:38-42 – The Revd Canon Nigel Coates

23.06.19: Legion – 'What is your name?' – Canon Angela Ashwin

15.06.19: The Friends of Southwell Cathedral

21.04.19: Sung Eucharist: Easter Sunday – The Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

17.04.19: Chrism Eucharist: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 and Mark 10:13-34 – The Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

02.04.19: Lent Homily: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-Collector – Father Matthew Askey

24.03.19: Third Sunday in Lent: Issiah 55 – The Revd Canon Nigel Coates

10.02.19: Launch out into deep water – Canon Angela Ashwin

03.02.19: Patronal Festival Eucharist: The Virgin Mary – The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

06.01.19: Epiphany: The Surprise – The Revd Dr Alison Milbank

The Walter Hilton Way –  A one day pilgrimage

Thurgarton to Southwell. This 5 mile pilgrimage across the lovely, quiet fields of a hidden part of Nottinghamshire follows in the footsteps of the fourteenth-century spiritual writer, Walter Hilton who lived as an Augustinian Canon at the Priory. Find out more about Walter Hilton and the route in detail on the British Pilgrimage Trust website.