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Retreats At Ards Friary

Ards Friary is open throughout the year for individuals and groups, whether lay, religious, clerical, ecumenical or anyone who wishes to have some quiet time, rest and prayer in beautiful relaxed surroundings. We offer directed or lightly structured retreats or simply some well deserved relaxed holiday time, in peaceful surroundings.

 

The following Retreats are available for 2015

January

Tues 6th - Sat 10th

National Evangelisation Team Retreat (Private)


February

Sun 8th & Sun 15th

Vision

Focusing on the eight beatitudes, human spiritual hunger is nourished by applying the beatitudes to everyday life. This opens a vision of unlimited possibilities in which people can transform and change their lives through Christ.

Contact: Eilish Quinn 0044 775 9790405
Email: vision-eilish@hotmail.co.uk

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Fri 20th - Sun 22nd

Lenten Retreat

Directed by Fr Eddie Butler

Theme: Prepare and make way for Christ.

Commences: 6pm (with supper)
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost: €140 Residential, €80 Non-residential

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

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Sat 28th

God Among the Pots and Pans

Directed by Bairbre Cahill

A one day workshop exploring the presence and action of God at the heart of our busy, wonderful, stressful, funny and hectic family lives. Bairbre is a writer and facilitator who is married with four teenagers/young adults. With a mixture of input, prayer, reflection and conversation, Bairbre hopes that this day will offer you an opportunity to recognise, claim and celebrate God at the heart of your family life.

Commences: 9.30am
Concludes: 4pm
Cost:€30

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

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March

Cursillo


Thurs 5th - Sun 8th - Men
Thurs 12th - Sun 15th - Women

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   
Cost: €155
            
Contact: Mary & Tony Murray Tel: 074 9124111 / 087 9575463

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Fri 20th - Sun 22nd

Search Youth Group Weekend

Search is a faith based programme for young people between the ages of 15 & 19 years. This programme is aimed at helping young people reach the point where they have confidence in themselves to strive towards meeting their own needs & the needs of others around them. This weekend is primarily led by the young people currently in the group, exploring topics that affect today's youth but in a way that young people can understand & respond to. The weekend consists of witness talks by young people, group discussion, drama & music, as well as Mass & Confession. There is also plenty of time left aside for entertainment & craic.

If you are interested in doing a Search weekend, please contact us as soon as possible as places are limited & get filled very quickly.

Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After Lunch

Contact:bryan@derrysearchyouthgroup.org / Phone: 0044 7564 032130 Web: www.derrysearchyouthgroup.org / Find us on Facebook

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Sat 28th

Catholic Nurses Guild

Directed by Fr. Morty O'Shea SOLT

This one day retreat dedicated to all caring professions, is open for everyone to attend. It will help you to prepare for Easter in an atmosphere of peace, tranquility & prayer.

Commences: 10am
Concludes: 7pm
Cost: €45 (Includes Lunch & Supper)

Contact: Kathleen Mc Keague 074 9121551

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April


May

Fri 1st - Sun 3rd

Legion of Mary, Strabane Curia

Directed by Fr Mark Byrne SOLT

Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost: €130/ £105

Contact: Kathleen Mc Swiggan 0044 28 81648436

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Mon 11th - Thurs14th

Derry Diocesan Retreat (Private)


Sun 17th - Fri 22nd

Capuchin Friars Retreat (Private)


Mon 25th - Sat 30th

National Evangelisation Team Retreat (Private)


Sun 31 - Thurs 4th

Interdiocesan Priest's Retreat

Directed by Bishop John Arnold, Salford Diocese.

Bishop John Arnold was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire and became a barrister in London. He then joined the Rosminian order and then the Diocese of Westminster, was ordained and served as a priest and auxiliary Bishop. He became Bishop of Salford in December 2014.

Commences: 6pm
Concludes: After Breakfast
Cost: €295    

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

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June

Fri 5th - Fri 12th

Seven Day Open Retreat

Directed by Fr Mark Byrne SOLT

Theme: "Now I am making the whole of creation new." (Rev 21:5): Mission as a work of creative love.

This retreat will examine the exceptional graces given to our generation to usher in a season of renewal.


Pope St John XXIII on his deathbed: "It is not that the gospel has changed; it is that we have begun to understand it better. Those who have lived as long as I have...know that the moment has come to discern the signs of the times, to seize the opportunity and to look far ahead."

Commences:Fri 6pm (With Supper)
Concludes:Fri (After Breakfast)
Cost:€450

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

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Sun 14th - Sat 20th

Allen Hall Seminary Retreat (Private)


Mon 15th - Fri 19th

Workshop on Buteyko Breathing

Directed by Martha Roe & Christopher Drake (via video link)

We invite all people, particularly health professionals, to investigate the revolutionary ideas of the Russian medical scientist, Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, who in the mid 1950's claimed that a diverse range of chronic ailments are caused by an increasingly common ( & reversible) breathing disorder which fundamentally disturbs the organism. After exhaustive research Professor Buteyko concluded that chronic health conditions such as asthma , allergies, disturbed metabolism, nervous disorders and sleep problems are brought about when respiratory patterns deviate from their physiological norms and can be reversed through reconditioning and normalizing the breathing pattern. His drug free approach came to be known as Buteyko's Method .

Professor Buteyko's approach has been validated in the testimony of thousands of people all over the world, dozens of positive newspaper articles and in numerous published medical trials. Since the 1950's hundreds of thousands of people all over the world have been taught Buteyko's drug free approach and successfully reversed even serious chronic health problems.

Buteyko's Method has been known to help ADHD, allergies, angina, anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue, circulatory problems, depression, epilepsy, Hay fever, high blood pressure, heart conditions, hormonal disorders, insomnia, immune deficiency, infertility, lack of concentration, lung disorders, menstrual problems, migraine, obesity, panic attacks, psoriasis and many other chronic diseases.

6pm to 8pm for 5 nights
Cost: €450 (Includes 10 hours training, one month's supervision & reunion.)

Also Children's workshop, 3.30pm - 5.30pm for 5 days, same dates. Correct your child's breathing and improve concentration and overall wellness. Reduce allergies, asthma & reliance on medication. €395 for children's workshop.

Family Rates & payment options available.

For free talks, information and to book a place on the workshops contact: Patricia Swann, Holistic Health Therapist & Buteyko Student, 085 7232807/074 91 38457. Email; nzswan@eircom.net

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Mon 22nd - Thurs 25th

Raphoe Diocesan Priest's Retreat (Private)


Fri 26th - Sun 28th

Inner Healing Retreat

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: €160

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

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July

Fri 3rd - Sun 5th

Christian Mindfulness Retreat

Directed by Fr Richard Hendricks OFM Capuchin

Theme: Entering the cave of the heart

In this retreat the ancient roots of the mindfulness practise will be explored as a key foundation stone of Christian contemplative prayer. Areas looked at will include:

  • Mindfulness what it is, how to practice it and its relationship to monastic prayer. 
  • Sacred and sacramental time: Understanding the Liturgy from a mindfulness perspective.
  • The teachings of the Desert Fathers, Mothers and the Fathers of the Church on Meditation. 
  • Lectio Divina and the Rosary as Mindfulness Prayer Practices. 
  • The "Practice of the Presence of God" & "The Jesus Prayer." 
  • Sitting and walking forms of meditative prayer will be taught. 

Brother Richard is a Capuchin Priest-Friar who has taught contemplative prayer for the past 20 years. During this time he has worked in prisons, hospitals, schools and universities as a chaplain and lecturer. He is currently serving as curate in Church St Friary in Dublin's inner city.

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

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

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Sun 5th - Fri 10th

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

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Sat 11th - Sun 12th

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 centering on Jesus with conferences, spiritual guidance and confessions. Mass is celebrated in the extraordinary form.

Commences: 6pm (Supper)
Concludes: 6pm (Supper)
Cost:€65

Contact: Monks of St Joseph Abbey - Fax 00 333 80 962529, email: spiritualexercises@clairval.com

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Sat 18th July - Thurs 6th August

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 7th - Sun 9th

Matt Talbot Retreat

Serenity weekend for recovering alcoholics.

Commences: 6pm (With Supper)
Concludes: After Lunch
Cost: €150/£120 stg

Contact: Patsy 0044 771 287 1870, Mickey 0044 776 453 3558, Jim 0044 785 048 2282 Email: patsybrogan@hotmail.co.uk

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Sun 9th - Sun 16th

Association of 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

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Mon 31st August - Tue 15th Sept

National Evangelisation Team Retreat and Training (Private)


September


October

Cursillo (Open to everyone)

Thurs 8th - Sun 11th Men
Thurs 15th - Sun 18th Women

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
Cost: €155

Contact: Mary & Tony Murray - 074 9124111 / 087 9575463

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November


Fri 27th - Sun 29th

Advent Retreat
Directed by Fr. Mark Byrne SOLT

Commences: Friday 6pm (With Supper)   
Concludes: Sunday After Lunch
Cost: Residential: €140, Non Residential: €80
Contact: Ards Friary Tel: 074 913909 Email: info@ardsfriary.ie

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