There is light

There is light even in the shortest days of this dark year. Even though the smoke of the burning buildings dims it ; even though the tears of the grieving families blind us ; even though the cries of the refugees drown it ; even though the bells ring out in loss and pain. Maybe just the hand that lights one candle ; Maybe just the eye that sees one star ; Maybe just the choice that turns one life ; Maybe just the faith that won’t let go. There is light in this darkness, hope in this gloom, as we wait or God’s coming - and he waits for ours.

Welcome to our urban oasis

Our house
 is a small retreat centre in South-East London between Lewisham and Blackheath, with Greenwich close by. It is a surprisingly quiet oasis of peace and stillness in the midst of urban life. We are pleased to welcome small groups of up to 25 day guests and accommodation for individuals or small groups looking for a place of retreat, silence and rest. While we are unable to provide meals for groups or individuals there are self-catering kitchen facilities available for guest use.

We also have an in-house programme consisting of a variety of different day/evening and residential events.

Please take the time to explore the many different possibilities. We look forward to welcoming you!

Poem by Mary Lean, Extravagant love, Advent 2001, Used with permission. Thanks!


Saint Andrew’s Calendar of Events

Choose the option ‘List’ to see the events of the programme


Printable Calendar of Events for 2023 (4 pages)


Upcoming events

Wednesday Meditative Prayer with Taize chants 30 November 2022,

Feast day of St Andrew, at 7.30 pm.

More information

Wednesday Evening Prayer


Wednesday Meditative Prayer with Taize chants

14 December 2022

More information


Contact us before booking.


Contact us before booking.


Contact us before booking.


Contact us before booking.


Quiet afternoon with the Icon of the Woman of the well. 22 October 2022.

Slide show of the fruits of the prayer.

A new beginning.

It is hard to wipe out all the words of prayer on our blackboard. It needed to be painted anew, and leave space for new sharing of praise and joy.



After coming to St Andrew’s, you are welcome to send a feedback using this form. Thank you!


Ignatian Year

The Ignatian Year  officially closed on the Feast of St Ignatius, 31 July 2022. 500 Years ago, Ignatius was residing in Manresa, begging for his living and to support the sick and the poor. He deepened his life of prayer and lived the most life changing experiences of God. He spent 11 months there, from 26 March 1522 to the beginning of Lent 1523. During this time, he kept some personal notes of the way God was leading him. He later used those notes to accompany others in the Spiritual Exercises.  


Wednesday Meditative Evening Prayers

Last Wednesday of each month except July and August. Next : 28/9, 26/10, 30/11 (Feast of St Andrew) and 14/12 (there will be no prayer on the 28/12)


Resources for prayer and meditation

Visit our resources for prayer page,

You are welcome to continue to send your prayer intentions to us.


Spiritual Oasis

Visit the spirituality page of our European website


Ways to donate


We live according to the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola:
To praise, serve and reverence God our Creator and serve God in the world.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Our newsletters have both information on our programme for the upcoming months and general news of the community of Sisters of Saint Andrew’s in Lewisham. We publish 3 to 4 newsletters per year.

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Sisters of St Andrew,

99 Belmont Hill,

SE13 5DY,

Lewisham, LONDON


Telephone: 020 8852 1662

Five loaves and two fish

St. Andrew’s is a registered charity (no. 227315).

Data Protection registration number Z228928X

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