About SPEC

The SPEC Retreat Centre community (Photo: WYM)
The SPEC Retreat Centre community (Photo: WYM)

SPEC is the residential Catholic retreat centre for children and young people in the Diocese of Westminster which was based at All Saints Pastoral Centre near St Albans in Hertfordshire until March 2014 when we moved to new premises in Pinner, Middlesex.

As an integral part of Westminster Youth Ministry, we work closely with colleagues based at the Centre for Youth Ministry in Somers Town.

SPEC is dedicated to providing a space for children and young people to retreat from the busyness of daily life in order reflect on – and hopefully experience – the presence of God in their lives.

We are also dedicated to providing a year of formation for the volunteer missionaries who join us to share in the life and work of the SPEC Community.

Please explore our website to find out more about the life and work of the community at SPEC and our role in the wider work of Westminster Youth Ministry.

There is also more information in the new SPEC brochure and the Westminster Youth Ministry annual review, which can be accessed by the links at the right of the page. If you would like a hard-copy please contact us.