Retreats

2019 Programme

Ards Friary 2019 Programme of Retreats

Ards Friary offers a diverse range of Retreats throughout the year for a full range of age groups. Whether you are looking for a directed retreat or private time to reflect or unwind you will be most welcome. Visitors can come for the day or can stay with us for a longer period of time and avail of the bed & breakfast, full or half board options that are available. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the beautiful countryside located on the shore of Sheephaven Bay amidst 200 acres of woodland.


February

5th

 School Retreat


7th

 School Retreat


28th -3rd March

 Cursillo Men's Retreat

Cursillo is a short course to develop one's relationship with Christ through an adult understanding of the Christian Faith. The spiritual programme of Cursillo is based on the grace of the Sacraments in preparing people to take their place in the Church's apostolate.
Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After lunch
Contact: Mary & Tony Murray Tel: 074 9124111 / 087 9575463

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 March


6th

 Irish Army

(Ash Wednesday) Private Retreat.

7th - 10th

 Cursillo Women's Retreat

Cursillo is a short course to develop one's relationship with Christ through an adult understanding of the Christian Faith. The spiritual programme of Cursillo is based on the grace of the Sacraments in preparing people to take their place in the Church's apostolate.
Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After lunch
Contact: Mary & Tony Murray Tel: 074 9124111 / 087 9575463

15th -17th

Lenten Retreat

- Fr. Richard

21st - 24th

Yoga & Meditation



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 April


13th

 Irish Nurses 

A one-day retreat, dedicated to all the caring professions, aims to help you reflect in an atmosphere of peace, tranquillity and prayer. Open for everyone to attend.
Commences 10.00 am Concludes 7pm
Cost €50 (includes lunch and supper)
Contact: Kathleen McKeague 074 912 1551

18th - 21st

 Easter Triduum

Follow Jesus through the momentous events leading up to his death on the Cross and his glorious resurrection. Join with the Capuchin Friars as they prayerfully reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus in the celebration of the Sacred Easter Triduum.
Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 913 8909; Email: info@ardsfriary.ie
26th - 28th Bosco McColgan Retreat - Private Retreat

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 May


3rd - 8th

 Mindfulness Ireland

- Private Retreat

24th - 25th

 Finding God in the Mess

- Brendan McManus & Jim Deeds
Finding God in the Mess' takes its name from the title of the book written by the day's two facilitators, Jim Deeds and Jesuit priest Fr Brendan McManus. Often people tend to create a "false division" between their everyday life and what they think of as spiritual, such as attending church or praying. The liberating message is that God is, in fact, involved in our lives all of the time.
"Many feel they have to be good, saintly and have everything worked out before they come to God. People tend not to see the mess and muck of their lives as a sacred place, and yet that is the very place where the action happens. 'God is closer to us than we are to ourselves,' as St Augustine says."
Over Friday evening and during Saturday, Jim and Brendan will lead three workshop sessions, offering ways to support people to pray with difficult situations in their lives and to help remove blocks to realising God is close to them, especially in tough times.
They will also share several different methods of praying and how to integrate these methods into everyday living. This very practical workshop offers space for participants to put the life-giving insights, born of Brendan and Jim's experience, into dialogue with their own life experience.
Contact: Ards Friary 074 91 38909, email: info@ardsfriary.ie

31st - 2nd June

 Christian Mindfulness

- Fr. Richard
Encountering the "Sacrament of the Present Moment". This workshop based retreat will give practical tools for becoming more mindful of God's loving presence and how to deal with the distraction that often interrupt our awareness of that Love.
Cost: €210
Contact: Ards Friary 074 91 38909, email: info@ardsfriary.ie

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June


16th -20th

 Interdiocesan Retreat

- Facilitator: Fr. Paschal McDonell

20th

 Lumen Christi Private School Retreat


21st

 Lumen Christi Private School Retreat


24th - 27th

 Raphoe Clergy Retreat

- Private Retreat

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July


1st - 6th

 Benedictine's Men's Silent Retreat

Guided by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint Joseph.
This five-day retreat is a shortened form of the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Exercises are a synthetic and practical presentation of the central truths of the Catholic faith-God, the meaning of life, the eternal destiny of mankind, the life of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race-in the form of meditations, examination of conscience and prayers, to find peace of heart, rid oneself of worldly attachments and discover the will of God for the salvation of the soul. On the purely practical level, the day consists of 4 or 5 talks given by one or other of the two priests who are guiding the retreat. After each talk there is time for private prayer, and then free time to converse with the priests. There is daily Mass and Rosary, as well as opportunity for Confession.
Daily Mass is generally offered according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Priest/retreatants, celebrate Mass privately according to the form of their choice.
Commences: 5:30pm (Supper)
Concludes: 5:30pm
Cost: €350

7th - 9th

 Benedictine's Women's Silent Retreat

Guided by Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St Joseph, Flavigny, France.
This retreat reflects Ignatian spirituality by centering on Jesus with conferences, spiritual guidance and confessions. Mass is celebrated in the extraordinary form.
Commences: Registration 2pm - 3pm
Concludes: 6pm (Supper)
Cost: €140
Contact: Monks of St Joseph Abbey - Fax 00 333 80 962529, email: spiritualexercises@clairval.com
Or Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 913 8909; Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

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 August


27th July - 15th August

 Christendom College

Bringing young people together from the United States and Ireland to initiate fruitful dialogue and reawaken a love of our mutual heritage and a determined hope for a revival of Christian Faith and Culture. For more information contact Brenda Seelbach at brenda.seelbach@christendom.edu or Ards Friary 074 913 8909, email info@ardsfriary.ie.

18th - 25th

 Iconographers 

Learning to write an Icon: Skilled tutors will be on hand to demonstrate and teach the skills necessary for this sacred work. The course is open to all members of the Association of Iconographers.
Contact: The Course Organiser, or Ards Friary

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September


31st Aug - 8th Sept

 Sr. Carmen Lee

- Private Silent Retreat

7th - 11th

 Gaeltacht EBZ Group - Private Group


12th - 15th

 Yoga Retreat 


16th - 22nd

 Foyer of Charity Silent Retreat


Do you need to come away, have time for yourself and rest for a while? This is the invitation Christ gives you today. 5-day silent retreat given by Fr. Kilian Byrne.
Theme: " If you but knew the gift of God..."
It presents a synthesis of the Christian faith through Scripture, the Teachings and Liturgy of the Church. Each day includes talks, Mass, Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration. Authentic spiritual teaching in a climate of silence. A privileged time to come away and listen to the Spirit of God - Who is Love.
Commences Monday 16th: Registration 2.30-4pm and 5.15pm Mass. Concludes Sunday 22nd: after breakfast Cost: €390 Contact: Helen 086 1678027 hellywilliams@gmail.com www.foyerofcharity.ie

22nd - 27th

 Fr. Brendan McManus

(Silent Clergy Retreat)
Open to the clergy from any diocese. This is an individually directed silent retreat using Lectio Divina for praying with scripture. Fr. Brendan McManus SJ will offer individual spiritual direction according to the Ignatian tradition, and suggesting pieces of scripture for each day. It is not a preached retreat, it is an individual process, though everyone comes together for daily Eucharist. Fr. Brendan, an experienced Director, will meet with everyone individually each morning for around 30 minutes. He will give instructions on prayer with scripture for the day and suggest how you might structure your day. The retreat will be completely in silence, even the meals. You should bring the minimum of technology and books. There will be little time for casual reading. It can be thought of as a 'holiday with the Lord, time out to pray and reflect.'

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October


3rd - 6th

 Cursillo Men's Retreat


Cursillo is a short course to develop one's relationship with Christ through an adult understanding of the Christian Faith. The spiritual programme of Cursillo is based on the grace of the Sacraments in preparing people to take their place in the Church's apostolate.
Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After lunch
Contact: Mary & Tony Murray Tel: 074 9124111 / 087 9575463

10th - 13th

 Cursillo Women's Retreat


Cursillo is a short course to develop one's relationship with Christ through an adult understanding of the Christian Faith. The spiritual programme of Cursillo is based on the grace of the Sacraments in preparing people to take their place in the Church's apostolate.
Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After lunch
Contact: Mary & Tony Murray Tel: 074 9124111 / 087 9575463

18th - 20th

 Courage to Lead


Staying Connected, Moving with the Tide is a 'Courage to Lead' contemplative retreat for everyone who is interested in integrity and authenticity in their life and work. Information and registration: stayinganchoredmovingwiththetide.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 074 9138909 Cost €315 (before 1st June), then €345.

26th

 Justice and Peace Conference - and Art Exhibition

'Naming the Children'.
Main speaker: Mairead Corrigan, Nobel Peace Prize. Over one million children have been killed in wars since the first Gulf War in 1991. This Conference is an act of remembrance and also to bear witness - the Conference will include a very powerful Art Exhibition of 20 children from Europe, Asia, Middle East which will enable us to see reality through the children's portraits.
Start time: 14.00 Refreshments provided. The activity of the day ends at 5.00 pm but the Art Exhibition continues until Saturday 23rd November.

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November


8th - 10th

 Walking With the Mystics

- Fr. Richard Hendricks OFM.
A mystic is someone who has woken up to the reality of the presence of God in every moment. To walk with the Mystics is to walk with Christ in wonder, in compassion, and in peace. This retreat will invite participants to reflect on their own everyday mystic moments in the light of the core teaching of such wonderful masters of the spiritual life at St's. Francis and Clare, St. Hildegard of Bingen, St Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton and Robert Lax and their way of being, believing and praying.

24th - 27th

 Enneagram Workshop

A three-day workshop that explores the nine personality styles of the Enneagram.

The Enneagram is a remarkable tool for psychological and spiritual growth. This highly acclaimed workshop experience introduces the basis theory and spirituality of the Enneagram that can open a sacred path of new understanding for yourself and others. This ancient wisdom tradition offer insights that explains why we behave in the way we do by uncovering our unconscious motivations and deeply rooted influences.

The Spirit of the Enneagram is being facilitated by Sr. √Čibhlis NicUaithuas DC.

For more information contact Ards Friary Retreat Centre: +353 (0)74 913 8909

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December


6th - 8th

 Advent Retreat

- Facilitated by Philip McParland.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas there are both pressures and opportunities. In a reflective and gentle way this weekend retreat will offer some suggestions on how we can manage the pressures and make the most of the opportunities.

Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Tel / Fax: +353 (0)74 913 8909 Email:info@ardsfriary.ie
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