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)



"For the word of God is a light to the mind and a fire to the will. It enables man to know God and to love him. And for the interior man who lives by the Spirit of God through grace, it is bread and water…For the soul is a spiritual treasure of merits yielding an abundance of gold and precious stones. Against the hardness of heart that persists in wrongdoing, it acts as a hammer. Against the world, the flesh and the devil it serves as a sword that destroys all sin."

"All things are possible for him who believes, more to him who hopes, even more to him who loves."

"The preaching of the word of God is necessary for the spiritual life, just as the planting of seed is necessary for bodily life.. Preaching is a duty that is apostolic, angelic, Christian, divine."

"My dear souls, let us recognize, I pray you, Christ's infinite charity towards us in the institution of this Sacrament of the Eucharist. In order that our love be a spiritual love, He wills a new heart, a new love, a new spirit for us. It is not with a carnal heart, but with a spiritual one, that Christ has loved us with a gratuitous love, a supreme and most ardent love, by way of pure grace and charity.  Ah! One needs to love him back with one's whole, whole, whole, living, living, living and true, true, true heart!!" 

St Lawrence

St Lawrence of Brindisi

Doctor of the Church

Feast Day July 21st

St Lawrence is the Patron Saint of Brindisi




Retreats in 2015

Click on retreats for more information

Jan - National Evangelisation Team Retreat

Feb - Vision

Feb - Lenten Retreat

Feb - Irish Lenten Retreat

Feb - God Among the Pots and Pans

Mar - Cursillo

Mar - Search Youth Group Weekend

Mar - Catholic Nurses Guild

April - Easter Triduum

April - The Awakening Spirit of Dance

May - Legion of Mary, Strabane Curia

May - God Among the Pots and Pans

May - Derry Diocesan Retreat

May - Capuchin Friars Retreat

May - National Evangelisation Team Retreat

May - Interdiocesan Priests Retreat

June - Seven Day Open Retreat

June - Allen Hall Seminary Retreat

June - Workshop on Buteyko Breathing

June - Raphoe Diocesan Priests Retreat

June - Inner Healing Retreat

July - Christian Mindfulnes Retreat

July - Five Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Men

July - One Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Women

July - Transformation Retreat

July - St Colmcille Institute of Christendom College

Aug - Matt Talbott Retreat

Aug - Association of Iconographers

Aug - National Evangelisation Team Retreat & Training

September - The Journey

September - Making Sense of Lifes Jouney

Oct - Cursillo

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