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Run to The Son

A weekend for Transformation and Mission

Welcome to the Run to the Son web page.  We will be spending time together the weekend of 22nd-24th June 2018, to deepen our encounter with Jesus, the Son of God, who brings real purpose and meaning to our lives.  So many in our society and culture do not know Him, or the beauty of an encounter with Him.  Some have walked away from our faith without knowing that it is within the Church that we experience and grow in our love of Him.  
Do come, and learn with others, how we can make many more, His disciples.”

Bishop Mark O'Toole

‘I will put my spirit in you and you shall live; Ezekiel 37:14

The 2017 Run to the Son prayer festival was a great success and we are looking forward to this year's festival. Below you will find some photographs of last year's event and a review from one of the participants, Andrew.

Run to the Son - New prayer festival for evangelisation off to a good start

A new format of prayer festival was established at Buckfast Abbey in Devon in 2017. The aim of the event, called 'Run to the Son', was specifically to equip Catholics for the urgent task of evangelisation. As Michele Thompson, co-organiser of the weekend says, “there is a lot of talk about the need for evangelisation and that’s good, but we wanted to create something which will actually give people what they need to go out and do it”.

The plan is for Run to the Son to become an annual event to join the likes of New Dawn, Youth 2000, Celebrate, and others, but with its own unique approach. There were workshops and an inspiring talk from Brother John Bosco of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The highlight of the weekend was an all-night Adoration vigil with midnight procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the Abbey grounds, followed by a dawn Mass at 5.30am celebrated by Bishop Mark O’Toole. As one participant said, “although I had attended an all-night vigil before, the midnight procession was an amazing experience which summarised the whole weekend – taking God’s love out into the darkness of our world”.

The event was the brainchild of Fr Jon Bielawski and Abbot David Charlesworth of Buckfast Abbey. Fr Jon, who is head of the Plymouth Diocese evangelisation team, attended an all-night vigil in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Buckfast as a young man. As he explains, “the memory of seeing the beautiful stained-glass window of Jesus light up with the dawn has stayed with me over the years and provided the inspiration for this event”.  

The timing of Run to the Son was also intentionally planned close to the summer solstice to underline the fact that Jesus is Lord of all creation and to emphasise the need to evangelise our contemporary neo-pagan culture.
The fact that the weekend took place at Buckfast underlines the generosity of the monastery and the creative way in which a contemplative community can aid the New Evangelisation.

Map and Sample Programme of Events

Map and Sample Programme of Events


From Exeter on the A38
Come off the A38 for Buckfastleigh and follow the signs for Buckfast Abbey. To get to St Boniface House: come off the A38 for Buckfastleigh and take the 2nd right towards Ashburton. St Boniface House is 900 metres along the road on the left.

From Plymouth on the A38
Come off the A38 for Buckfastleigh and follow the signs for Buckfast Abbey. To get to St Boniface House: come off the A38 for Buckfastleigh and take the 1st right towards Ashburton. St Boniface House is 900 metres along the road on the left.


Registration  1700 – 1930

Light supper 1800 - 1930

Welcome and Evening Prayer 2000 - 2100

Social time  2100 – 2300

Breakfast 0800 - 0900

Scripture Rosary in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel 0930 – 1000

Keynote Address – Fr Oscar Ardila 1030 – 1130 

Mass in Abbey Church  1205

Packed Lunch 1300 – 1400

Free time to explore Buckfast Abbey, rest, relax, read,play,  pray, walk, 1400 – 1530

Workshops 1530 – 1730

Opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation 1730 - 1900 

BBQ on Grange Restaurant Terrace  1900

Vigil commences in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 2100 – 0530 including midnight procession of the Blessed Sacrament

Dawn Mass with Bishop Mark  0530

Breakfast and pack up 0730 - 0900

Farewell & evaluation 0930-1000 

Please note that this is a draft programme and is subject to change. (updated 18/6)

Booking Form

Booking form

Book your tickets here

For more information contact:

Marian Wilkes on 01752 701660 or email

Or Geoff Pring on 01364 645532,

For a downloadable PDF booking for, please click here

Confirmation - 2018

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Mark to Buckfast on Sunday 10th June 2018 to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on six of our young people. Here are some photos of a really joyous occasion for the whole parish.

Corpus Christi Procession - 3rd June 2018

Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth officiated at Evening Prayer for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and the Outdoor Procession.

Corpus Christi Mass - 3rd June 2018

A number of photographs from the beginning of the Solemn Mass.

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The doctrine of the Trinity contains within it the reason for the uniqueness of humanity’s relationship with God – Jesus, being true God and true man unites divinity ...

Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

Jesus says that we must love others as he loves us. We must think about what he might mean by this. In the first place we know that he showed his love by allowing ...

Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

Living as a Christian means wanting to be a complete human being. We easily think of the Christian claim that Jesus is God, but we should also think that Jesus is a human being in the fullest ...

Run to the Son 2018

Come and join us! This is a weekend of worship, prayer and fellowship, organised by Buckfast Abbey and the Plymouth Diocesan Evangelisation team, to help inspire you for mission. It is open to everyone in our Diocese and beyond. We just ask that under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Japanese Moss Balls 'Kokadama' - £13

June 27th - Wednesday 2.30pm - 4.30pm Japanese Moss Balls 'Kokadama' - £13

Plymouth Diocese Retreat

A weekend retreat led by members of the Plymouth Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Group who have all received training from the Jesuit Spiritual Directors at Centres for Ignatian Spirituality.