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)



" Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible"

"The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today” 

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received--only what you have given.”
"Let us, therefore, have charity and humility and give alms because it washes the stains of our sins from our clothes. For people lose everything they leave behind in this world; but they carry with them the rewards of charity and the alms which they gave, for which they will have a reward and a just retribution from the Lord."

"We can never know how patient or humble someone is when everything is going well with him. But when those who should cooperate with him do exactly the opposite, then we can know. A man has as much patience and humility as he has then, and no more."

"Let the whole world of mankind tremble the whole world shake and the heavens exult when Christ, the Son of the living God, is on the altar in the hands of a priest. O admirable heights and sublime lowliness! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under the little form of bread! Look, brothers, at the humility of God and pour out your hearts before Him! Humble yourselves, as well, that you may be exalted by Him. Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally."

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi

Feast Day 4th October

St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals, the Environment, Families, Lacemakers, Merchants, Italy, Peace & against fire & dying alone.




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