Welcome to Ards Friary
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
Mon-Sat 8am in the Oratory chapel
Sundays and Holy Days: 9am & 5.30pm
Mon-Sat 11am-1pm : 3pm-5.30pm
Please ring the bell by the confessional at the rear of the main church.
Retreat Centre Office Hours
11am - 4pm Monday to Saturday
Office Phone No: 074 91 38909
00353 74 91 38909 (from N.I. & abroad
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)
WISDOM OF THE SAINTS
"No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him. How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance."
St. Leo the Great
"As they were looking on, so we too gaze on his wounds as he hangs. We see his blood as he dies. We see the price offered by the redeemer, touch the scars of his resurrection. He bows his head, as if to kiss you. His heart is made bare open, as it were, in love to you. His arms are extended that he may embrace you. His whole body is displayed for your redemption. Ponder how great these things are. Let all this be rightly weighed in your mind: as he was once fixed to the cross in every part of his body for you, so he may now be fixed in every part of your soul."
"The crosses with which our path through life is strewn associate us with Jesus in the mystery of His crucifixion."
St. John Eudes
"Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent."
St. John of the Cross