Retreats

2017 Programme


Ards Friary 2017 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.

January

Fri 6th - Sun 8th

 Friars Discernment


Tue 24th

 Schools Retreat


Wed 25th - Fri 27th

 Belfast University


Sat 28th - Sun 29th

 Polish Retreat




February


Tue 7th - Wed 8th

 YMCA


Fri 10th - Sun 12th

 Spring Retreat


Spring is a time for new beginnings!

If you are feeling stuck in old patterns, or lost in mindless busyness, or even that your spiritual life needs a bit of a kick start, then this retreat is for you. Through guided reflection, meditation and time spent both in solitude and discussion we will begin again in Christ and allow the Good News to breathe new life in our tired existence.
Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 913 8909;
Email: info@ardsfriary.ie
Tue 28th

 School Retreat (Private)

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March

Wed 1st

 School Retreat (Private)


Thurs 2nd - Sun 5th

 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


Tue 7th -Wed 8th School Retreat (Private)
Thurs 9th - Sun 12th

 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
Sun 26th - Fri 31st

 Frances Hogan (EWTN)

Frances Hogan is a lay missionary and educator working in the Catholic Church since the late 60's. From the mid-80's she lectured in the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Dublin, and served four years on the Theological Commission of the Bishops. She is also trained as a Spiritual Director and Retreat giver.

Frances has written and spoken extensively on Scripture and the Spiritual Life and is currently working on a synopsis of Matthews gospel which is being filmed by ETWN. This retreat will form part of that series.

Frances continues to give Missions in parishes, as well as Retreats and Seminars to people mainly in the English-speaking world. She also continues to give Scripture classes, spiritual direction, and guidance on the spiritual life in her home parish.
Talks Commence on Monday at 10am
Cost: Daily rate €60 full board accommodation.
Limited places Available
Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 913 8909; Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

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April


Fri 31st (Mar) - Sun 2nd

 Lenten Retreat

Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 913 8909; Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

Wed 8th Catholic Nurses Guild (Open to everyone)
Catholic Nurses Guild (Open to everyone)
Directed by: Fr. Richard Hendricks

This one day retreat, dedicated to all caring professions, aims to help you reflect in an atmosphere of peace, tranquillity & prayer. Open for everyone to attend.
Commences: 10am
Concludes: 7pm
Cost: €45 (Includes Lunch & Supper)
Contact: Kathleen Mc Keague 074 9121551

Sat 8th - Sun 9th

 Lumen Christi (Private)

Private Retreat

Thurs 13th - Sun 16th

 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

Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Joe and Charlie's Big Study Weekend Joe and Charlie's Big Study Weekend
Private Retreat for recovering alcoholics.

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May


Fri 12th - Sun 14th

 Spring Retreat (Margaret Gallagher)

"Stepping into the Promise of a New Spring"

Facilitator: Margaret Gallagher
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly"
(John 10 v 10. )

This week end in the beautiful Ards Friary allows participants to ask themselves in a completely safe and confidential environment "Where am I now in life?" "Where would I like to be?" and using Music, Meditation and Spiritual Awareness find out "What are the steps might take to get there?"

Margaret Gallagher is an advanced accredited facilitator for the Transformation Process, is a trained Soul Making Teacher with Alainn and is a trained teacher with Ausbildungsinstitut Meditation of the Dance Germany.

Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost: €125

Contact: Margaret Gallagher Tel: 074 93 84015
Email: margaretdancing@yahoo.ie

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June


Sun 4th - Thurs 8th

 Interdiocesan Retreat

"Faithful to Christ in a changing Church" : A retreat for priests led by Canon Paschal Ryan, a priest of the Diocese of Westminster.

Reflecting on our celebration of the sacraments to deepen our awareness of how the call of Jesus Christ comes to us. Developing an awareness and appreciation of all the sacred moments in our lives, so that we may help those to whom we minister do likewise.

Commences: 6pm (Supper)
Concludes: After Breakfast
Cost: €295
Contact: Ards Friary 074 9138909. Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

Fri 9th - Wed 14th

 Mindfulness Fr. Richard Hendrick

Christian Mindfulness Retreat

The practice of the Four Inner Directions of Contemplation.
Since the days of the Desert Fathers and Mothers mindfulness, (awareness of the present moment as a place of encounter with God), has been practiced as part of our Christian contemplative tradition. Through the ancient practices of Lectio Divina, Meditation and the Practice of the Presence of God, this retreat will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness in the Christian tradition through its four inner directions of Attention, Intention, Compassion and Wisdom. No previous experience needed.

Commences: 6pm (Supper)
Concludes: After lunch
Cost: €375 Residential (Full Retreat), €170 (Weekend Residential), €45 per day non-residential.

Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 9138909, Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

Mon 19th June - Thurs 22nd

 Raphoe Diocesan Priests Retreat (Private)

Fri 23rd - Sun 25th A Prayer for Inner Healing A Prayer for Inner Healing
Directed by: Sr Josephine Walsh

Through Scripture we unearth our worthiness in mind, body and soul, leading us to freedom from past hurts by forgiveness, through God's love.

Sr. Josephine's retreats on Inner Healing are enjoyable and inspirational and are full of common sense and good humour. They are always deeply rooted in the Scriptures. They help to lead us to a greater freedom and wholeness in ourselves - Body, Mind & Spirit! This retreat helps to open our eyes to a new way of living, to new attitudes to God, to ourselves and to our past and present circumstances, to forgiveness of past hurts and memories, leading us on to a greater freedom in our spirit, to live in the present moment with more joy, happiness and less stress! One inevitably experiences God's Love in a deeper and more personal way and one's relationship with Jesus becomes more real and tangible. His Love is waiting for you. Simply 'Give Him a chance!'

Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost: €170
Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 9138909, Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

Mon 26th - Sat 1st July

 Mens Silent Retreat

Five Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Men

Guided by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint Joseph.
These five-day retreats are 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 of course 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: €310
Contact: Monks of St Joseph Abbey - Fax 00 333 80 962529, Email: spiritualexercises@clairval.com
or Ards Friary Tel: 074 913 8909; Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

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July


Sun 2nd - Tue 4th

 Womens Silent Retreat

One Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Women

Guided by Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St Joseph, Flavigny, France.
This retreat reflects Ignatian spirituality by centring on Jesus with conferences, spiritual guidance and confessions. Mass is celebrated in the extraordinary form.

Commences: Registration 2pm - 3pm
Concludes: 6pm (Supper)
Cost:€100
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

Tue 4th - Sun 9th

 Silent Retreat (Fr Eunan McConnell)

Mon 10th - Fri 14th Transformation Retreat
Transformation Retreat
Directed by Fr Donal Dorr (writer, lecturer, counsellor and facilitator) and Noel Bradley (Doctor of Theology).

This retreat takes the form of a spiritual workshop which offers you the opportunity to engage in a deep spiritual exploration in a safe situation. It allows you to explore aspects of your own spirituality in a group and small team, guided by two facilitators. In this way people experience gifts of grace and empowered spiritual energy.

Commences: 6pm (supper)
Concludes: 4.30pm
Cost: €300

Contact: Noel Bradley, Tel:074 9362390/087 6965554 Email: mandybradley@eircom.net

Sat 22nd - Thur 10th Aug

 Christendom College

St Columcille Institute of Christendom College, USA

The St Columcille Institute will seek to strengthen and deepen the understanding of young Catholics through sessions of catechesis, insuring that participants develop the ability both to evangelize and defend the faith within secular society. Participants will also examine the patrimony of Western Christian Civilisation through an in-depth study of history & literature.

The Institute invites the youth of both the United States and Ireland to experience an awareness of the spiritual depth of the Catholic culture of Ireland that has enriched and determined much of the history of Europe, the United States and the world. With its Gaelic roots, Ireland remains the culturally dominant English-speaking Catholic civilization in the world.

Bringing young people together from the United States and Ireland will occasion fruitful dialogue and an exchange of ideas and experiences, reawakening a love of our mutual heritage and energising a determined hope for a revival of Christian Faith and culture.

The course will be led by Dr. Timothy O'Donnell, with Dr Brendan McGuire, Professor Sharon Mahoney Hickson and Fr. Mark Byrne (SOLT), along with guest speakers.

For more information contact: Brenda Seelbach at brenda.seelbach@christendom.edu or Ards Friary 074 9138909, Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

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August


Fri 11th - Sun 13th Matt Talbot Retreat
Matt Talbot Retreat
The Matt Talbot retreat is intended specifically for people recovering from alcohol addiction.

Commences: 6pm (With Supper)
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost: €165/120 stg
Contact: Patsy 0044 771 287 1870, Mickey 0044 776 453 3558, Jim 0044 785 048 2282 Email: patsybrogan@hotmail.co.uk

Sun 13th - Sun 20th

 Iconographers

Learning to write an Icon

Skilled tutors will be on hand to demonstrate and teach the skills necessary for this sacred work. Those participating in the course will begin the process of writing an icon. The course is open to members of the Association of Iconographers. To become a member please forward a membership fee of €25 to Sean de Barra (details below). Early booking essential as numbers are limited.
Commences: 4pm
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost:
Residential €610 (This includes accommodation, meals, studio facilities and tuition fees).
Non Residential €450 (This includes meals, studio facilities and tuition fee).

Contact: Sean de Barra, 15 Brookhaven Rise, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Tel: 086 0831556, Email: sjdebarra@gmail.com

Fri 25th - Sun 27th

 A Weekend of Healing

Directed by John Pridmore & St Patrick's Community

Commences: 6pm (Supper)
Concludes: 1pm (With lunch)
Cost: €160

Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 9138909, Email: info@ardsfriary.ie
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September


Sat 2nd - Sun 10th

 Sr. Ann Carmel Lee (Private Retreat)

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October

Thu 5th - Sun 8th

 Cursillio Men

Thu 12th - Sun 15th

 Cursillo Women

Wed 18th - Sat 21st

 Schneder Leesman

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November

Wed 1st - Sun 5th

 Schneder Leesman

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Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Tel / Fax: +353 (0)74 913 8909 Email: info@ardsfriary.ie
Retreats (preached, directed, private), Conferences, Seminars, periods of rest and relaxation, reflection, prayer and holidays