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)



"The only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue. Therefore, if you want to be rich, beloved, love true riches. If you aspire to the heights of real honor, strive to reach the kingdom of Heaven. If you value rank and renown, hasten to be enrolled in the heavenly court of the Angels."

"There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection." 

"When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice."

"The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist."

"He who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps."

"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. There is here a particular reference to ourselves; we hold in our hearts one we have not seen in the flesh. We are included in these words, but only if we follow up our faith with good works. The true believer practices what he believes. But of those who pay only lip service to faith, Paul has this to say: They profess to know God, but they deny him in their works. Therefore James says: Faith without works is dead."

"The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind's eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection."

St Gregory the Great

Pope St Gregory the Great

Feast Day 3rd September

St Gregory the Great is the patron saint of England, teachers, students/scholars, musicians, masons/stonecutters, and he is an intercessor against gout, fever and plagues 




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 - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

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