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 off peak and €60 per day in June, July and August.

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 - 6.30pm

Friary Phone No: 074 91 38005

00353 74 91 38005 (from N.I. & abroad)

Shop Phone No: 074 91 38593

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

Retreat Centre Office Hours
11am - 4pm Monday to Saturday

Office Phone No: 074 91 38909

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



"In all the events of life, you must recognise the Divine Will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you"

"Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God's heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart."

"Oh, how precious time is! Blessed are those who know how to make good use of it. Oh, if only all could understand how precious time is, undoubtedly everyone would do his best to spend it in a praiseworthy manner!"

"The Devil is like a mad dog tied by a chain. Beyond the length of the chain he cannot catch hold of anyone. And you, therefore, keep your distance. If you get too close you will be caught. Remember, the Devil has only one door with which to enter into our soul: our will. There are no secret or hidden doors. No sin is a true sin if we have not willfully consented."

"If you have the courage to imitate Mary Magdalene in her sins, have the courage to imitate her penance!" 

“At Jesus’ school I have learned that silence and hope are the fortress of the soul.”

"The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.”

"He who never meditates is like a person who never looks in the mirror; therefore, not knowing that he is untidy, he goes out looking disorderly."

"Take God to the sick; it will be worth more than any other cure!"

st Pio

St Pio of Pietrelcina

Feast Day September 23rd

St Pio is the Patron Saint of Confessors, Catholic Adolescents and Civil Defense Volunteers.




Retreats in 2016

Click on retreats for more information

Feb - Lenten Retreat

Mar - Cursillo

Mar - Catholic Nurses Guild

Mar - Easter Triduum

Mar - Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

April - Serenity Retreat for Priests, Clergy & Religious

April - Stepping into the Promise of a New Spring

April - The Journey

April - The Divine Beauty of your Human Heart

May - Legion of Mary, Strabane Curia

May - Capuchin Friars Retreat

May - Interdiocesan Priests Retreat

June - Christian Mindfulness Retreat

June - Open Retreats

June - Making Sense of lifes Journey

June - Raphoe Diocesan Priests Retreat

June - Inner Healing Retreat

July - Transformation Retreat

July - One Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Women

July - Five Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Men

July - St Colmcille Institute of Christendom College

Aug - Matt Talbott Retreat

Aug - Association of Iconographers

Aug - Six Day Individually Guided Retreat

Sept - The Journey - Out Of The Blue

Sept - Healing & Renewal, John Pridmore

Sept - St Padre Pio Triduum

Oct - Cursillo

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