Craighead House - a Retreat Centre at Bothwell on the banks of the Clyde
Wartime retreats were held with a somewhat younger clientele than darkens the ISC doors today
Woodside place had Edwardian elegance and proximity to Kelvingrove Park
Scott Street is all on one floor, close to the City Centre and is the first purpose built Spirituality Centre
History of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre
Craighead - Woodside Place - Scott Street . . . A sort of history….
Craighead Retreat House was a full-time residential retreat house
at Bothwell in beautiful grounds by the River Clyde. In fact,
apart from the rather ugly retreatants’ wing it was a pleasant and
A decision was therefore made to move from Craighead. There was much discussion about what and where should follow Craighead, and opinion ranged from a residential retreat house deep in the countryside, to please the eye and the soul of retreatants, and a non-residential centre, more accessible to users, in the city of Glasgow.
The latter prevailed. It wasn’t long before a suitable property
was found near the house being bought for the Jesuit Community in
Woodside Place, near the M8, so we ended up with the Jesuits in
No. 10 and the Spirituality Centre in No.7.
To enumerate the various events that took place at No. 7 Woodside Place would take more memory than my mind can compass. Just to mention a few: the centre was asked by the University to help with a conference in the theology department which was a considerable success; a new course was added, ‘Integration for Ministry’; various courses for training spiritual directors and helping clergy were initiated, together with courses in prayer and reflective living; a pilgrimage-retreat to the island of Islay underlined the Scottish Celtic nature of our centre; courses in art and spirituality, the Enneagram and various others came and went, while some continue. And, of course, a constant stream of people came through our doors for our ongoing work in individual spiritual direction.
In one significant way the Centre made Jesuit history when Ruth Holgate, a laywoman, was appointed director. Regarding other team members, as some of those who came from Craighead moved on, others were appointed, so that the team became truly ecumenical.
Fintan Creaven SJ
|The ageing Jesuit Community found the walk over the M8 to St
Aloysius Church and the College too onerous, so it was decided to
move to a new-build site on Hill Street. The original intention had
been just to have the community move, but as the Council wanted to
keep the building on the same level as the rest of the street an
extra floor had to be added, so it was decided to move the Ignatian
Spirituality Centre as well.
So the Centre moved closer to the City Centre in its first purpose-built site.
Currently the centre can fit just over 50 people in the Conference Room, and about 25 each in the Chapel and Art Room.