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St Cassian's Gap Year - Build your faith and share new experiences

Posted on 7 October 2019
St Cassian's Gap Year - Build your faith and share new experiences

St Cassian's Centre is located in Kintbury, West Berkshire.

The centre is surrounded by beautiful Berkshire countryside and wildlife.

The team is made up of three permanent retreat team staff;  Emma, Katy & Bex who coordinate the retreats.

We then have six volunteer team members who change each year and consist of mainly gap year students who join before or after attending university. This year the volunteers are; Esther, Ffion, Hugh, Issy, Joe and Kezia.

During your stay, we hope you feel welcome and at home at the Centre. Our invitation for you is to join our community while you are here. The standard retreat programme follows the themes of Welcome, Awareness, Reconciliation and Good News. These themes were developed by Brother Damian Lundy FSC, who was the main inspiration behind the Centre,  alongside Brother Dominic Green FSC and Brother Joe Hendron FSC, when it opened in 1975.

The centre is owned by the De La Salle Trustees and we are very fortunate to have two De La Salle Brothers who live within our community, Brother Terry and Brother Bernard.

We are a Lasallian community that lives by the five core principles of: Faith in the presence of God, Respect for all persons, Inclusive community, Quality education and Concern for the poor and social justice.

For more details visit: www.thekintburyexperience.com

Here about Pearl Bartlett's time at Kintbury 

During my time at Kintbury, I met the most wonderful people. I lived with 11 other members of the team and by the end of the year we were one big family.

My role as youth minister was to write prayers, presentations and play games with the young people that walked through our doors. As well as leading small groups of around 10 students.

Kintbury is a place to fully be yourself and grow in faith, yourself and build relationships with people you may never have the opportunity to again. You also get to go on a trip to Rome whilst being on team and get to visit so many amazing places as well as seeing the Pope.

Kintbury is a place like no other and working there for a year will be something you will never regret and a place you will never forget. My time there was so special that I even applied for a second volunteer year.


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