Ards Friary Retreat Centre
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Welcome to Ards Friary

Ards Buildings

Ards Friary aims to welcome everyone and is available throughout the year for Retreats (preached, directed, private etc) Conferences, Seminars, periods of rest and relaxation, reflection, prayer and holidays.

We all need to take time out from the hectic life cycle of work to refocus on what is really important to us. Why not let Ards Friary become a part of your life.

You can find out more about each retreat by clicking the appropriate link. Opposite is a list of the retreats that will be happening this year.

The daily rate for staying at Ards on a private retreat on a full board basis is €55 per day.

If you wish to make a private retreat at a time that a group event is advertised, you are more than welcome, as we generally would have rooms available.

Free Wifi available

Mass Times:
Mon-Sat 8am in the Oratory chapel
Sundays and Holy Days: 9am & 5.30pm

Mon-Sat 11am-1pm : 3pm-5.30pm
Sunday: 2.30pm-5.30pm

Please ring the bell by the confessional at the rear of the main church.

Coffee Dock & Shop Opening Hours:-
Saturday: 12 - 5.30pm
Sunday: 1 - 7pm

Shop Phone No: 074 91 38593

00353 74 91 38593 (from N.I. & abroad)

Office Hours
11am - 4pm Monday to Saturday

Office Phone No: 074 91 38909

00353 74 91 38909 (from N.I. & abroad)



"Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head". 

"We must meditate before, during & after everything we do. The Prophet says: " I will pray & then I will Understand." This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves & in others."

"If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.”

"Are you in charge of a parish? If so, do not neglect the parish of your own soul, do not give yourself to others so completely that you have nothing left for yourself. You have to be mindful of your people without becoming forgetful of yourself."

“If a tiny spark of God’s love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out… Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter… Do not give yourself to others so completely that you have nothing left for yourself.”  

St Charles

St Charles Borromeo

Feast Day 4th November

St Charles is the Patron saint of catechists, catechumens, Seminarians, Spiritual directors, spiritual Leaders & against abdominal pain, intestinal disorders, colic & ulcers.





Retreats in 2014

Click on retreats for more information

Feb - Search Youth Group Weekend

Feb - Stepping into the Promise of a new Spring

Feb - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Mar - Lenten Retreat

Mar - Eddie Stones - Healing Retreat

Mar - Cursillo

April - Charismatic Prayer & Renewal Weekend

April- Love Divine Contemplative Retreat

April - Catholic Nurses Guild

April - Knights of St Columbanus

April - Easter Triduum

May - Legion of Mary, Strabane Curia

May - The Awakening Spirit of Dance

May - Begin With The Heart

June - Interdiocesan Priests Retreat

June - Open Retreat

June - John Paul II New Life Ministry Healing Retreat

June - Workshop on Buteyko Breathing

June - Cursillo Renewal Weekend

June - The Foyer of Charity Five Day Silent Retreat

July - Transformation Retreat

July - Five Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Men

July - One Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Women

July - St Colmcille Institute of Christendom College

Aug - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Aug - Association of Iconographers

Aug - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Oct - James Kilbane in Concert

Oct - St Francis of Assisi Retreat

Oct - Cursillo

Nov - Inner Healing Retreat

Nov - Eddie Stones Healing Retreat

Nov - Advent Retreat


Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Tel / Fax: +353 (0)74 913 8909 Email:
Retreats (preached, directed, private), Conferences, Seminars, periods of rest and relaxation, reflection, prayer and holidays