A very Happy Christmas to all our Benefactors and visitors to our web site and every blessing to you and your families for 2019.

The office will be closed from 21st December until 7th January 2019.




See our Catalogue page Christmas 2018 for our new stock.

Nativity Globe ball


A selection of our cards

and lots more on the Catalogue pages


Advent Day of Recollection

St Rita’s Centre, Honiton, Devon

Advent Day of Recollection


                            Rev. Barry Hallett

                          Advent Readings


Saturday 15th Dec. 2018

10.30am – 4.30pm


10.30am Coffee/tea on arrival for 11.00am start

Mass at 12.15pm. Lunch at 1.00pm.

2.25pm Second Talk.  4.00pm Confessions. 

Cost per person: £25.00 which includes lunch.



For further information contact:

St Rita’s Promotions  Tel: 01404 42635

Email:  Web Site: 


Novena to Our Lady of Consolation

The Novena to Our Lady of Consolation begins today and finishes on her feast day the 4th September.  For a Novena leaflet conatct St. Rita's Promotions

Or on the web site 'Novena Prayers' and scroll doen to Our Lady of Consolation.

May Our Lady of Consolation shine on you, brighten up your lives and bring you hope.



Welcome to our Spanish visitors

35 Spanish stuendts have arrived at St. Rita's Centre for 2 weeks of intensive English lessons. 

They travelled with their Tutors from an Augustinian Recollect College in Spain.


St. Rita's Day 2018


                The St. Rita Rose


St Rita's Day 2018

A selection of photos showing the preparations for St Rita's Day 2018.




St Rita's Day Mass 2018

Fr. Jonathan Stewart Dean of Exeter celebrated the Mass for the feast day of St. Rita of Cascia.  At the end of Mass he blessed 1500 rose for distribution to the sick.

The choir from St. Nicholas School sang during the distribution of Holy Communion under the direction of Headteacher Angela Folland.


Our 2018 Charges for hiring the Centre and for residential groups.

St. Rita’s Retreat & Conference Centre

Ottery Moor Lane

Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP

01404 42635/42601

As from January 2018


Details of Hire charges and Catering.

Day bookings:         ½ day £85.00 – morning, afternoon or evening.

                                    Full day £170.00 9am – 5pm.

Retreats:                  Stipend for services of a Priest = £200.00


Catering:      Finger buffet – fresh assorted sandwiches, quiche lorraine, chicken  goujons etc.                                                                            £8.50 per head

                        Ploughman’s lunch ham/cheese                                    £7.00 per head

                        Sandwich lunch (sandwiches only) with fruit.           £5.50 per head

                        Homemade Soup, roll & fruit                                         £5.50 per head


Other meals:          2 course knife & fork        £11.00  (main course & pudding)

                                    3 course knife and fork    £15.00  (starter, main course & pudding)


Residential Groups:         Minimum number 12.

£60per person per day for full board and use of facilities at St. Rita’s Centre


Celebration meals served in the Dining room  -  minimum 20 people.

Wedding anniversaries, birthdays etc.

            2 course        £18.00

                                    3 course        £23.00


Hire of Parlour:      £25 per hour.


All our meals include a vegetarian option


Ways we can help you.

St Rita’s Promotions


Ways we can help you


We can have Masses offered for your special intentions, a birthday, get well, wedding or ordination anniversary or when a loved one dies. Write to the office and let us know your requirements enclosing a Mass Stipend for a minimum of £5.00 per Mass and we will arrange for the Mass(es) to be offered for you.

Mass cards are available for a small charge. 


We also sell birthday, Get Well, moving house, Congratulations on passing your exams, thinking of you, wedding day, wedding and ordination and retirement greeting cards.  All very reasonably priced.


At Christmas and Easter we sent out a list of cards and gifts which can be viewed on our website:,uk


If you or a friend or relative need extra payers we can add your names(s) to our Book of Prayer and you will be remembered each day at Mass in the Bidding Prayers.


We sell various religious items, Missals, bibles and a small range of other books.  You can view our stock on our web site:,uk


St. Rita’s Centre can cater for your parish retreat, call us for a quotation. 01404 42635.






We look forward to hearing from you.

With very best wishes,

Patricia Gough

Office Co Ordinator





The St Rita Rose

The St Rita Rose

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a quote by William Shakespeare from his play Romeo and Juliet.  At Rita’s Centre we have our own rose; a new rose called ‘The St Rita Rose’.   



"Earlier this year I purchased a St Rita Rose  bush for my wife (her  name is Rita) as a gift for her feast day.  It is flourishing and has been blooming continuously - it is a delightful addition to our small garden.  Thank you for bringing it to our attention"

(name withheld but kept on file in the office)



The rose has been cultivated and named in honour of this incredible ‘Saint of the Helpless’.  The story of St Rita’s life tells us that in January 1457 as Rita lay dying, she asked a relative to bring her a rose from the garden at her old home, a strange request in January.  The relative went to the garden and there she found a lone rose in bloom.  The rose was soon in Rita’s room, which we are told soon became full of the scent of roses.  


                On St Rita’s feast day, Sunday 22nd May, there will be Mass followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick at 12noon at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton.   Following Mass the new rose will be blessed and planted at the Centre by Fr Gerald Wilson, Vicar Provincial of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.     The rose is a beautiful lemon/yellow floribunda chosen because yellow is the symbol of joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold and philosophy and is available to anyone from World of Roses £12.95 and for each rose bush sold St Rita’s Centre will receive a £2 donation. 

To Order a St Rita Rose bush telephone: 08452 606888.  Web Site:


VIDEO is on our Home Page NOW!!

A Tour of St. Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre, the grounds, the rooms, our shop and all the facilities. I hope you enjoy viewing our Centre.


Also on YouTube.


Book of Prayer

If you would like us to add the anme of someone you would like us to pray for please let us have their name and we will enter their name in our Book of Prayer.  They will be prayed for each day at Mass in St Rita's Chapel.


If you would like to send a petition to be placed at the Shrine of St Rita you can email us at


A saint for our time

Novena the magazine of Catholic devotion has printed an article on St. Rita of Cascia in their Spring/Summer issue which is on sale now for £3.50 

St. Rita's life was outstanding and an example to everyone of us in the 21st century.  As a wife, mother, widow and religious she gives insiration to all who come and know and love her.


Two NEW books

St. Rita of Cascia - God's Gift To Us - 1381-1447

A new look at the life of St Rita: a wife, mother and widow by Patricia Gough a wife, mother and widow.  £3.50 from St. Rita's Promotions.  

The Grateful Disciple Daring to be Loved by David Wells.  A follow on book from The Reluctant Disciple offering more insights into scripture, based on his own experience.

£9.95 from St Rita's Promotions.



Feast of St Augustine

Happy Feast day to all Augustinian Recollects and members of the Augustinian community.


Stock On-line

We have added some of our stock to our web site.  St Rita statues, mugs, medals etc. Some of the books, bibles and prayer books we have in stock and all our Mass and greetings cards.  Have a look and see if there is anything you might like to purchase on-line using your credit or debit card.


Coming soon: Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation gifts and cards.


Message of St Rita

St. Rita’s Retreat & Conference Centre

Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP

Tel: 01404 42635.  Email:


St. Rita’s Day 2015                                                  


                St. Rita continues to spread the message of happiness and joy; from heaven she intercedes for all who need her help and that power of intercession has led to her being called the “The saint of the impossible”.  She was happy because she fulfilled her divine mission in the Church and she continues to be vigilant and attentive to those in need.  To this day St Rita remains a rôle model for life. Devotion to St Rita is, in reality, an encounter with God in Jesus Christ; St Rita is God’s gift to us.


St. Rita was a humble person and the way in which she led her life is an example to us. She teaches us to accept suffering with love, to forgive from the bottom of our hearts, to promote peace with enthusiasm and diligence. What makes her special is her ‘normality’ from her childhood in Roccaporena to her old age in the convent in Cascia; she lived in humility and is now known throughout the world for her heroic Christian life as a wife, mother, widow and religious.  Rita would have found her faith an enormous source of strength to her, especially as a woman of peace in a period of unrest.

Each year in our shop we try to introduce new items to celebrate and commemorate St. Rita.  This year we have notelets at £2.50 for 10, postcards 45p each and tea towels £4.50 each, all featuring a picture of St. Rita, the St. Rita Rose and St. Rita’s Centre. The St. Rita mug is still on sale at £7.50 and the St. Rita candle for £2.50.   They are all available on request from St Rita’s Promotions by post, email or phone (details at the top of this letter).  A new book on the Life of St. Rita is in the ‘pipe-line’ and we hope it will be available later in the year; we will let you know when it has been published and the cost.


                Every year in the office we receive many letters telling us about favours received through St. Rita’s intercession with our blessed Lord.  If you have a story to tell us we would be delighted to hear from you; we may even put them all together for another book.


                Those of us who work to promote St. Rita have had another busy year; over 24,000 items of post have been sent out from our office and the build up to the feast day this year was an extremely busy period for us.  We all enjoy our work and it is lovely to meet some of you when you are on holiday in the area and call in to see us and to visit the Centre to pray at the Shrine in the Chapel; and to talk to you on the phone is always a pleasure.


 Patricia Gough,

Office Administrator



The Journey so far...

This booklet: St. Rita's Promotions from January 1956 traces the humble beginnings of St. Rita's Promotions in the 1950's; a history of the developement of St. Rita's Promotions up until 2014.

Available on request from St. Rita's Promotions; the booklet is free but a donation to cover postage would be appreciated.




St Ezekiel Moreno

Born in Alfaro (La Rioja, Spain) on 9th April 1848, he professed his vows in the Order of Augustinian Recollects in Monteagudo (Navarra) in 1865.  He was ordained priest in Manila in 1871 and worked for 15 years as a missionary in the Philippines.  Friar Ezekiel was elected prior of the monastery of Montagudo in 1885, he left for Columbia in 1888 where he restored the Augustinian Recollect Order and reactivated the old missions.  Named Apostolic Vicar of Casanare (1893) and Bishop of Pasto (1896), he was a model pastor for his fidelity to the Church and his apostolic zeal.  He fell ill and in 1906 returned to Spain were he died of cancer on 19th August of the same year in the monastery of Monteagudo.  Innumerable cures, especially of cancer, are attributed to his intercession.  Beatified on 1st November 1975, he was canonised on 11th October 1992 in Santo Domingo on the occasion of the V Century of the Evangeisation of America.

Prayer  O God, in St. Ezekiel Moreno, You have given us a model of fidelity to the Gospel and of a pastor according to the Sacred Heart of Your Son.  Grant us, through his intercession, that we might give ourselves fully to Him by joyfully living our Christian witness and consecrating ourselves to the service of Your Church.  Through Xhrist our Lord.  Amen.


Do you need help with your Retreat?

Are you looking for a place for your Retreat or  Conference at reasonable rates?  Maybe St Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre in Devon is just the place for you. 

For your residential stay we will provide:

  • full board 
  • all drinks (tea, coffee)
  • towels and bed linen in all rooms
  • ensuite rooms
  • rooms with views of either the gardens or the rolling East Devon hills at no extra charge
  • free  car parking space
  • room combinations are 6 single, 6 twin and 3 family rooms (33 beds)
  • all charges are per person per night and there are no hidden extra charges
  • A £50 deposit will secure all bookings.

For more information ring: 01404 42635 or email us at: 

We look forward to hearing from you.


                                     St. Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre.


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