The feast of St. Rita of Cascia

Mass and the blessing of roses for the sick will be celebrated at St. Rita's Centre, Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP at 12 noon on Friday 22nd May.  Principle celebrant this year will be Rev John Watkins.

There will be Benediction at 3.30pm.

St. Rita's Chapel and shrine will be available for prayer and meditation.

Two shops will be open for the sale of St. Rita items and other eeligious items and books.

Hot drink will be available all day but please bring a packed lunch with you.

For more information on St. Rita click on either: St. Rita of Cascia or St. Rita of Cascia and St. Rita's Day.

Novena leafets are available from St. Rita's Promotions, Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, EX14 1AP or click on Novena Prayers and scroll down to St. Rita.  The novena begins on 14th May and finishes at the Mass on 22nd May.



Our Hire charges and catering costs

St. Rita’s Retreat & Conference Centre

Ottery Moor Lane

Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP

01404 42635/42601



Details of Hire charges and Catering from April 2015.

Day bookings:         ½ day £88.00 – morning, afternoon or evening.

                                    Full day £160.00 9am – 5pm.


Catering:      Finger buffet - sausage rolls, vol-u-vents etc.                        £8.00 per head

                        Sandwich lunch (sandwiches only) with fruit.                       £5.00 per head

   Jacket potato lunch – choice of fillings with salad garnish                      £6.50 per head

                                                                                                                 Homemade Soup, roll & fruit                           £5.00 per head

Other meals:          2 course knife & fork        £10.50

                                  3 course knife and fork    £14.50


Residential Groups:         Minimum number 12.

£55per 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        £17.50

            3 course        £22.50


Hire of Parlour:      £20 per hour.



Christian Resources Exhibition

St. Rita's Centre had a stand at the CRE on the 10th and 11th February.  We spent 16 hours talking about the Centre to many interested people.  The two days went by very quickly and the 3 of us that attended enjoyed the experience of meeting and talking to so many lovely people.  The photo shows 2 of the ladies talking to two people.


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.




NEW 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.


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.


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


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:


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