The Centre is staffed by a group of volunteers who provide a welcome to visitors and pilgrims to the Shrine (which is next door, within St Julian's Church).
The Julian Centre
Come in and be
The Julian Centre is usually open from 10:30am to 3:30pm, Mondays to Saturdays. If you're travelling a long distance to visit us, please telephone in advance to check. It can be hired for evening meetings.
refreshments and a place to relax
As well as offering a comfortable place in which to relax, the Centre houses the Julian Reference Library and runs a shop selling books, devotional art, cards and gifts. The library is one of the most extensive collections of materials on Julian of Norwich in the world, including monographs, translations, and doctoral dissertations. It's worth exploring - with refreshments and a chat.
Julian’s message remains one of hope and trust in God, whose compassionate love is always given to us
Julian did not perceive God as blaming or judging us, but as enfolding us in love
We are all pilgrims
There is a shop with a wide range of books about Julian of Norwich and the spiritual life. The shop also stocks postcards and greeting cards, together with a variety of devotional and gift items, mostly associated with Julian of Norwich.
The Centre also has toilets for the use of visitors and pilgrims.
Every second Friday in the month the Central Norwich Julian Meeting is held in the Cell, followed by tea, coffee and the opportunity to talk in the Julian Centre.
The meetings are simple in structure. A group member will prepare a brief starting item which leads into half an hour of silence; the silence is ended by the group member with a concluding item and a prayer.
Each meeting starts at 10.30am and the silence ends at 11.00am when those who wish to adjourn to the Centre for tea or coffee.
Every Monday at 10.30am, following the 10.00am Mass, there is an ecumenical gathering to pray the Rosary in the cell at St Julian's. This simple and informal time of prayer was established many years ago by our Shrine Chaplain Fr Robert Llewelyn, an apostle of the use of the Rosary. Each decade of the Rosary is offered for particular prayer intentions, and those present can bring intercessions and thanksgivings to share aloud or in silence. After the Rosary, which takes about 20 minutes, refreshments are served in the Julian Centre.
Anyone is welcome, on a regular or occasional basis, and you don't need to know anything about the Rosary (or prayer, for that matter!)