Julian of Norwich and the Awakening of the Soul in the 21st Century - booklets, CDs & online audio

'What, do you wish to know your Lord’s meaning in this thing? Know it well, love was his meaning. Who reveals it to you? Love. What did he reveal to you? Love. Why does he reveal it to you? For love. So I was taught that love is our Lord’s meaning. And I saw very certainly in this and in everything that before God made us he loved us, which love was never abated and never will be.’ Julian of Norwich.Fr Gregory 1 for website


Julian of Norwich, the medieval woman writer and visionary, is Norwich’s best kept secret. A religious order of monks and nuns dedicated to bearing witness to the mystical treatise set out in her book Revelations of Divine Love is situated, not in Norwich, but nearly 4,000 miles away in a small town in Wisconsin, USA.


Fr Gregory Freuhwirth (pictured right) has been a member of the Order of Julian of Norwich since he was twenty-one and now, eighteen years later, he serves as the community’s Guardian.


Fr Gregory, an experienced retreat leader and published poet and writer, was in Norwich during 2009 on a two-month sabbatical and during this time offered a series of four talks on the following themes:

  • Awakening to Real Presence
  • Awakening to Authentic Compassion
  • Awakening Within our Bodies
  • Authentic Community and Committed Life Purpose

The programme was well attended and warmly received. Fr Gregory drew from his personal spiritual journey and experience of being a monk in the 21st century, and from his wide knowledge of Julian and the Christian contemplative tradition. The emphasis was on spiritual practice and surrender to the present moment.

The full text of the talks are available in booklet form (£5) and recordings of the talks have been reproduced in a set of four CDs (£10). These can be purchased from the Julian Centre, in person or by mail order, and you can also listen to the talks online at www.friendsofjulian.org.uk.

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The programme was hosted by the Friends of Julian of Norwich at the invitation of the Bishop of Norwich and in association with the Norwich Christian Meditation Centre and the Norwich Contemplative Forum.