Keynote Speaker

Rev. Richard Peers

The Revd Richard Peers trained and worked as a teacher before being ordained in 1993. He became the Sub Dean at Christ Church, Oxford in September 20202; a joint foundation of a University of Oxford college, and the cathedral church of the Diocese of Oxford. Before moving to Oxford, Father Richard was Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool and CEO of Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust. He has exercised a combined ministry in teaching and as a priest.

Father Richard spent eight years as the head teacher of Trinity All Through School, Lewisham, in London, and has served in parishes in the Dioceses of York, Portsmouth, Lichfield and Southwark. In addition, he is Superior of the Sodality of Mary, Mother of Priests, a dispersed religious community with sixty members around the world.

Richard has extensive experience as a Spiritual Director, retreat giver and leader of pilgrimages. He has been practising meditation, now commonly known as mindfulness, for over thirty years. He is much influenced by the Spanish Mystics, Thomas Merton, the Philokalia and both Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhism. Richard lives with his partner Jim, a garden writer, and their dog Teilo. Gardens and garden design are a significant part of their life together.

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