About SPEC

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

SPEC is a residential Catholic retreat centre for children and young people in the Diocese of Westminster which is based in Pinner, Middlesex (previously located at the All Saints Pastoral Centre near St Albans in Hertfordshire).

As an integral part of Westminster Youth Ministry, we work closely with our colleagues in the Outreach Team.

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.

Our Mission

To minister to children and young people in the Diocese of Westminster through: empowering them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today; fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person in the diocese; drawing them to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.