About Kelston

Kelston is a centre for young people run by volunteers on the south side of Wandsworth Common, South London. There’s a good study environment and programme of constructive activities for schoolboys from 10 to 18, with young adults under 25 taking a leadership role.

Kelston is owned and run by Netherhall Educational Association, a registered charity, and is a corporate apostolate of Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.

Netherhall Educational Association owns and operates a variety of centres in Great Britain, including clubs like Kelston, halls of residence for students in higher education, and venues for residential courses. The spiritual dimension of its activities is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.

What is Opus Dei

Opus Dei’s mission is to spread the Christian message that every single person is called to holiness. This teaching was at the heart of the Second Vatican Council, which was enormously influential in shaping the Catholic Church’s understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ in the modern world. Holiness, in fact, means following Jesus Christ, imitating Him in thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. It means loving God and neighbour, with a love that gives rise to other virtues, such as humility, justice, integrity, and solidarity. Holiness is attained only with God’s assistance and our constant striving, but Opus Dei offers support and guidance to help all those who want (whether or not they are members) to aim at such holiness in their ordinary lives, especially through their everyday work.

Opus Dei teaches that any work, if carried out in the spirit of Jesus Christ, competently and honestly, with the aim of loving God and serving others, can be “sanctified”: what matters is the love that is put into work, not its human importance. The work of a hairdresser or a banker can be as holy as that of a priest.
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