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Jesuit week at Knock Shrine– 24th -31st July -Your Life, Your Story, Your Pathway to God @ Knock Shrine
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm

Jesuit week at Knock Shrine

God takes an interest in each one of us, in every life – a personal interest in the ordinary daily realities and in our deepest longings. Each of us has a story to tell and in that story God is present, calling us to listen and learn. Prayer is about listening as well as speaking. It doesn’t do away with the struggles of life, but it helps us to see that the One who created us wants to guide us and to give us courage and a sense of peace. This is what the Jesuit way of prayer is all about. Join us for this special week of Ignatian Spirituality at Knock.

This week will be facilitated by Rev Terry Howard, SJ & Rev Edmund Grace, SJ.

Daily in the Prayer Guidance Centre:
Preached retreat – 10.30am
Talks on prayer – 11.05am, 7.05pm
(Talk & Retreat approx. 20 mins)

Daily in the Basilica:
Mass – 3pm

For more information, contact the Prayer Guidance Centre:

(094) 93 88100 /E: pra[email protected]

T: +353 (0) 94 93 88100 Ext. 164

Direct Line: +353 (0) 94 93 75355

E: [email protected]

W: www.knockshrine.ie

Resting and Reflecting: Weekend Retreat- Manresa House-Dublin @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm


A quiet weekend with some gentle input for prayer and reflection using images and music, poetry and scripture. There will opportunity, for those who wish, to share with others and a chance to meet individually with one of the retreat leaders. With Tom McGuinness SJ and Magdalen Lawler SND.

These quiet days from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon will be an opportunity to enjoy Manresa’s lovely surroundings. We are also near the sea and the extensive grounds of St Anne’s Park.

Advance booking required for all events
Bishop Brendan Comiskey-6 day retreat-The Way of Jesus to oblige or invite? -Tallaght, Co Dublin @ Dominican Retreat Centre 
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm

Tallaght Retreat Centre

Bishop Brendan Comiskey
(6 day retreat-Fri 28/7 – Thurs 3/8)

The Way of Jesus, to oblige or invite?

Music Ministry Together – 8-13 August – Cistercian College, Roscrea @ Cistercian College
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 13 @ 2:00 pm

MMT 2017

We are delighted to announce our line-up of Guest Speakers and Workshop presenters. This year we are delighted to be welcoming
Bishop Fintan Monahan,
Fr Liam Lawton,
Cara Davey,
Padraig Meredith,
Fr Timothy Bartlett and
Gavin Byrne.
You won’t want to miss these events.

We are also delighted to announce that this year MMT will be in concert on the Friday night with special guest Fr Ray Kelly. Fr Ray came to prominence when a video of him singing Leonard Cohen’s Alleluia became a YouTube hit, reaching over 46 million views to date. Be sure to mark this.

Music Ministry Together is a new five-day summer school held at Cistercian College Roscrea, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes, schools and communities. We do not have a minimum or maximum age to attend the course. However those wishing to bring a group under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by adults.

Music Ministry Together is led by internationally known composer, teacher, and liturgical musician Ian Callanan and a dynamic team of adult directors and tutors (all volunteers). The program seeks to fulfil its mission of engaging and empowering music ministers with a particular emphasis on contemporary church music and liturgy. It is an experiential course, where the participants not only learn new music but are also introduced to various styles of Liturgy, the Eucharist, Sacraments and Catechesis.

The course runs form the 8th-13th August. Participants can attend the full course or part of it.

July 24th – Spaces still avalable


The cost of the 5 day course is €320 euro. This includes: course materials, accommodation and all meals. You can book online or download a booking form here. Day rates are available from €70.


You can find more information on our website www.musicministry.ie or by calling Ian on (086) 249 0779.


You can book on-line or by filling out the booking form and posting it back to us. Be sure to have a look at our Special Guests.


Music Minsityry Tiogether safeguarding policies are available on our website. We follow the policies and procedures set out by the Killaloe Diocese. For more information click here.

An Introductory Directed Retreat – Manresa House – Dublin @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 9:00 am


Manresa is blessed by the many people who come on directed retreats each year; this retreat offers a first step to that precious experience by taking time to introduce and support those wanting to explore the individually guided retreat experience.

Oasis Day @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
The Divine Dance -5 day-Silent Retreat -Bishop Brendan Comiskey 27-8 – 1-9 2017 @ Emmaus Centre,
Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm

The Divine Dance Silent Retreat

The Way of Jesus: inviting or obliging?

Nothing in the Christian life is more important than my idea of God. On this will depend whether my life will be a series of obligations to be fulfilled or a life of responding to a gracious invitation to live the transformative life of the Trinity (the Divine Dance).

Advent Centering Prayer Day – Fionnuala Quinn O.P. –
Sep 2 @ 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm


The presence of the Divine in us is the permanent self-giving of God to every human person. 

As we journey to Christmas deepen your awareness of the Divine within yourself – for that is what Christmas is all about.

Come and taste the silence.


Fionnuala Quinn O.P. is a Dominican Sister. She opened Contemplative Outreach Dublin in 2007 and presently serves as International Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach Ltd.  She resides in Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Booking essential

Fatima Centenary Conference 1917-2017-The Drummond Hotel-Ballykelly, Co. Derry @ Drummond Hotel,
Sep 8 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm


Fatima Centenary Conference 1917-2017

Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God!

*Friday, September 8th* (6.45-9.45pm Evening)
*Saturday, September 9th* (All day-9.45am-6.30pm)

Fr. John H. Walsh O.P., Prior, Black Abbey, Kilkenny The Rosary Priest

Professor Fr Ailbe O Reilly ORC. Professor of Theology, Newman College.

Professor William A. Thomas, of the PontificalMarian Academy,
Director of the Pope Saint John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies,
President of the Mariological Society of Ireland

Professor Fr John Harris O.P, Doctor of Sacred Theology.
Newbridge College, Kildare

Venue; The Drummond Hotel-Ballykelly, Co. Derry
+44 28 777 [email protected]

Registration opens Friday in the Hotel Conference Centre from 4pm- and Saturday from 8am
With the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady from Fatima, and the 1st Class Relics of Saint John Paul II.

Sponsored by
the World Apostolate of Fatima, (Ireland)-Newman College Ireland-
The Marian Institute-(USA) The Saint Pope John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies-(Fatima)
The Pontifical Marian Academy-(Vatican) –
The Mariological Society of Ireland

Celebrations include:
Investiture with the Scapular,
a Plenary Indulgence to Delegates,
Holy Mass,
Consecration to Our Lady and the recitation of the Holy Rosary,
Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God!


School of Prayer – Avila 2017-2018-D.4. @ Avila Retreat Centre
Sep 9 2017 @ 10:00 am – May 26 2018 @ 4:00 pm

The School of Prayer is intended for those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search.

The School of Prayer will be led by members of the Avila Retreat Team and invited speakers.

It will take place on Thursday evenings, a number of Saturdays and a week in November.
The School of prayer opens on Saturday 9th September 2017
And ends on Saturday 26th May 2018

Thursdays 7.30pm—9.30 pm
2017: Sept 21 & 28, Oct 12 & 26
Nov 9 & 30,
2018: Jan 25, Feb 8 & 22, March 15 & 22
April 19, May 3 & 17.
* * * * * * * * *
Saturdays 10am—4pm
2017: Sept 9 & Dec 9
2018: Jan 13, Mar 3 & 24
April 7 & May 26

Introduction to Centering Prayer with Br Denis Gleeson cfc and Revd Robert Lawson- Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm
Introduction to Centering Prayer with Br Denis Gleeson cfc and Revd Robert Lawson- Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

“Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
(Mt: 6.6 NRSV)
Sometimes we are lost for words. The words we need just will not come. We are reduced to silence. Silence, however, can be eloquent. This can sometimes happen in our relationship with God when the words just dry up. We have to go beyond words and we have to listen. Centering Prayer is one way of doing this.
Centering Prayer is a non-verbal and non-conceptual, Christian method of praying. Ideas and words are not needed. As a prayer of silence, it draws upon the rich Christian heritage of contemplative prayer. It differs from some others forms of silent prayer in that it is a prayer of intention more than a prayer of attention.
The prayer has its roots in the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew:
“Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
(Mt: 6.6 NRSV)
In the early centuries of Christianity, the desert Fathers and Mothers withdrew from society to contemplate and deepen their relationship with God. Eventually, monasteries began to appear and contemplative practice flourished. In this contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer, as we know it, is based upon the anonymous fourteenth century English spiritual classic, “The Cloud of Unknowing”.
This introduction is based on the writings of Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who is an authority on Centering. It defines prayer as a relationship with God. The method of centering is introduced and the prayer itself is practised. The use of a sacred word is explained. Dealing with thoughts, feelings and distractions is dealt with and participants are shown how to read the signs of a deepening relationship with God. Centering is a stress free prayer in which we allow God to transform us. God does all the work. All we need to do is to consent.
This programme is suitable for beginners and will provide a clear and very gentle introduction to Centering Prayer. They will include a number of twenty minute sessions of Centering Prayer, PowerPoint presentations and, if time allows, DVDs featuring Fr. Thomas Keating. Establishing a practice of Centering Prayer has proved to be a major step in spiritual development for many people. It transforms lives. It is a prayer that everyone should, at least, consider.

Vipassana Retreat with Korko Moses SJ – Dominican Retreat House, D.24 @ Dominican Retreat Centre
Sep 13 @ 3:04 pm – Sep 17 @ 2:30 pm


Vipassana Retreat with Korko Moses

A Meditation retreat by Swami Sharanananda Korko Moses, SJ, an Indian Jesuit priest, and founder of Dhyanavanam, an Ashram inspired by Christian & Eastern spiritual traditions.

Sep 14 @ 10:52 am – 11:52 am


The fourth annual novena to Mary, Untier of Knots, will take place from Monday 25 September to Tuesday 3 October 2017 inclusive, in the Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Felim, Cavan, with a Novena Mass each evening at 7:30p.m. except Sunday 1 October when there will be Novena Devotions, also at 7:30p.m.

Pope Francis has a very special devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots.  When he was studying in Germany, he was stunned by a Bavarian painting of “Holy Mary, Our Lady Untier of Knots.”  He acquired a copy of the painting and brought it to Argentina to promote devotion to Mary under this title.

In an address given in October 2013, Pope Francis said: ‘“What are the knots in my life?  Father, my knots cannot be undone!” It is a mistake to say anything of the sort! All the knots of our heart, every knot of our conscience, can be undone. Do I ask Mary to help me trust in God’s mercy, to undo those knots, to change?  She, as a woman of faith, will surely tell you: “Get up, go to the Lord: he understands you”.   And she leads us by the hand as a Mother, our Mother, to the embrace of our Father, the Father of mercies’.

The first night of the Novena, Monday 25 September 2017, will celebrate the countdown to the 2018 World Meeting of Families in the Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Felim, Cavan, at 7:30p.m. This will be a diocesan celebration with all 34 parishes in Kilmore been invited to send representatives to the ceremony at which Bishop Leo O’Reilly will preside.  Everyone is welcome to attend this special event.

The guest speaker will be Fr. Timothy Bartlett, Secretary-General of the World Meeting of Families.  The new icon of the Holy Family, commissioned for next year’s event, will be present in the Cathedral in Cavan from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September when it leaves after the 10:00a.m. Mass that morning. The combined choirs from the Crosserlough parish will lead the music at this ceremony with Conor Kiernan as organist and choir director.

The theme of this year’s Novena is “We are Family”, in preparation for the forthcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin next year.  The Novena is being organised by the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre with the assistance of the priests and staff of the Cathedral Parish of Urney and Annagelliff in Cavan.

A specially commissioned World Meeting of Families 2018 icon of the Holy Family,which was unveiled and anointed on the 21st August 2017in Knock during the launch of the one-year programme of preparation, will be present in the Cathedral from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September.  The icon, written by Mihai Cucu with the assistance of the Redemptoristine Contemplative Community in Drumcondra as part of their ongoing prayer for families, is meant to encourage both reflection and prayer as part of the journey of preparations to World Meeting of Families 2018.  It will remain in the Cathedral until after the 10:00a.m. Mass on Friday morning when it will move to Belfast.

The diocesan petition box, which was presented to the diocese at last month’s event in Knock, will be brought to the Chapel of the Holy Family where it will remain for the duration of the Novena. The petition box will then go around the 34 parishes in the diocese over the coming months.  Contemplative communities around Ireland have agreed to take petitions collected from families and to pray for them during the coming year.

Other confirmed speakers for this year’s Novena include:

Tracy Harkin of the Iona Institute Northern Ireland and Every Life Counts who will speak on “Communicating Truth with Love” on Tuesday 26th;

Rose McGowan, National Vice-President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Wednesday 27th;AogánO’Fearghail, President of the GAA on Thursday 28th;

Fr. Donal Neary SJ, Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger, who will speak on “We are Family – The Church” on Friday 29th;

Fr. Patrick Cahill, co-founder of the Holy Family Youth Ministry on Saturday 30th;

Davide Barbieri from the Cenacolo Community in Knock who will speak on the impact of addiction on the family on Sunday 1 October;

Catherine Wylie, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association on Monday 2 October; and Senator Ronán Mullen on Tuesday 3 October.

There will be individual confessions available after Mass on Tuesday 26th.  The Happy Notes Choir from Cavan General Hospital will provide the sacred music for the Mass on Thursday 28th during which there will be the liturgy of the Anointing of the Sick.  There will be a blessing of babies and young children after Mass on Wednesday 27th, a blessing for grandparents on Monday 2 October and one on Tuesday 3 October for couples celebrating significant anniversaries .

There will be a special emphasis on youth on the Saturday of the Novena.  Young people from across the diocese will gather in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre at 1:30p.m. for a special youth event, entitled “Food for Soul and Body”, facilitated by the Scala Redemptorist Youth Ministry Team from Esker in Co. Galway.  At the end of the event, the participants will process to the Cathedral to join the local parish community for the 7:30p.m. Vigil Mass.  The “I am Worship” team from Belfast will help to prepare the music for this Mass.During the course of the Novena, a number of young people participating in the Diocesan John Paul II Awards will have an active role during the Novena liturgies.

All are welcome to participate in the Novena.

For further information on the Novena, please contact:
Oliver Tormey, on 049 4375004, or by email to [email protected]

Oasis Day -Manresa House – Dublin3 @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Sep 16 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm


Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom – Br Denis Gleeson cfc -Emmaus -Dublin @ Emmaus
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm

Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom


Course Director;
Denis Gleeson cfc Spiritual Direction, Adult Christian Spiritual Development & Education Ethos

Course description
Our understanding of life and of creation constantly evolves. In response to that, our understanding of the Gospel and of Mystery has also to evolve. It must do so. We cannot freeze-frame our understanding of the mystery of God or the mystery of Jesus. Mystery demands exploration. Mystery demands ever new and ever fresh articulation.

Jesus came to tell us that God was to be found in all of life and that the fullness of our human life was to be found in God. We need to unbind our Christian faith so that we can tune in and can listen to the music in our own hearts and all around us we. This programme helps us to do that. Our lives would be so much different if only we could bring ourselves to let God in.

“Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom” examines some of the things that hold us back from truly accepting God into our lives. It looks at the beliefs, ideas, assumptions and misconceptions that it might be helpful for us to unload. It asks how can we move towards a religion and spirituality that are inspiring and vibrant and that free us to embrace our humanity to the full. It explores why the gospel of Jesus is still very Good News for everyone today.

In gentle conversational style, it will address such issues as the relationship between science and religion; divisive thinking; the question of suffering; how to interpret the Bible; the meaning of the gospel and the relationship between consciousness and the Divine. The programme will also look at personal and social transformation today. It will try to frame a context for looking at complex moral questions and it will suggest some of the crucial issues for religion and contemporary society.

The two background contextual issues will always be those of trusting in God and embracing freedom. So, participants will be helped to frame these questions for themselves and to come to their own conclusions. Finally, although this programme is based upon a book written by the facilitator: “Unbinding Christian Faith: Free to Be”, but participants need not have read the book to take part.

Jungian Type Indicator (JTI) – Anna Byrne D.C. – Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin, D. 11 @ The Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue,
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Jungian Type Indicator (JTI)
Anna Byrne D.C.

This workshop will explore how we are equally but differently gifted for the good of all based on Jungian Type Indicator (JTI).

Anna Byrne is a Daughter of Charity whose background is in second level education in Ireland – north and south. Her experience as a chaplain and in spiritual accompaniment led her to believe that knowledge and appreciation of one’s innate giftedness enhances personal effectiveness and builds capacity in a group. Anna’s long standing interest in personality types led her to train as a coach to deliver the Jungian Type Indicator (JTI) and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

The Call to Reform Series with Brendan Comerford SJ @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Call to Reform Series with Brendan Comerford SJ @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Five hundred years after Martin Luther’s call to reform in 1517, Christian life remains significantly influenced by him and his contemporaries of 500 years ago.

This series of talks will treat of calls to reform and spiritual renewal within the Roman Catholic Church itself and also among groups which were considered heretical prior to Martin Luther – groups such as The Lollards; the Waldensians and the Hussites. It will then concentrate on the life, spirituality and theology of Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther, in particular. Some mention will be made of John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli. Finally, we will look to see how historically accurate it is to judge Saints Ignatius Loyola and Pierre Favre as Counter-Reformation figures.

Asking what faith, prayer and dialogue meant to figures such as Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Ávila, Erasmus and Luther can inspire us as we face similar questions in our time and help us in living reflective and conscientious Christian lives.

No booking required.

Meditating With The Mystics – Donagh O’Shea O.P. – 9-9-17-Margaret Aylward Centre, D.11 @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue ,Aylward House
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Meditating with the Mystics
Donagh O’Shea O.P.


Julian Of Norwich “Our Homely God” –

We will connect with the wisdom tradition of our faith, providing encouragement in our own efforts.

Donagh O’ Shea O.P. has been the director of The Dominican Retreat House in Tallaght Village for the past ten years. Donagh is the author of many books including Take Nothing for the Journey, Go Down to the Potter’s House, Faith Questions: Searching for Meaning and Hope  and most recently in 2016 Fragments: A Word of Hope from the Gospel for every day of the year. Donagh also writes on an ongoing basis on The Dominican Website www.goodnews.ie

Minimun Number: 12 |Booking essential

Exploring The Bible: Hearts on Fire! – Siobhán Larkin chf- Margaret Aylward Centre, D.11 @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
Oct 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Lk 24:32

How the Bible was put together? 
This course will explore some of the stories, history, poetry, prophets and the many other kinds of writing that are found in it, giving participants the opportunity to ask their own questions about the Bible as we have it today.

Siobhán Larkin, is a Holy Faith Sister who has been involved in adult faith development for over 30 years. Siobhán believes that, as an adult educator, there should be opportunities for people to examine their own questions of faith. She has worked in parishes and at third level both in Ireland and New Zealand.

Min: 12 | Booking essential

Tuesdays, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October 2017

The sex revolution; how it succeeded, why it’s failing -Dr Glynn Harrison-Davenport hotel @ Davanport Hotel.
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THE topic of our next talk will be the ramifications of the sex revolution, the most powerful and influential social revolution in recent history. It has brought about radical and far-reaching changes in our attitudes to sex, marriage and gender. What is the secret of the sexual revolution’s cultural power? Is it delivering on its promises? And in this challenging context, how can the broader Christian Church engage with society in ways that win hearts as well as minds?

The topic will be addressed by Dr Glynn Harrison, former Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, where he was also a practicing Consultant Psychiatrist. He now speaks widely on issues at the interface between Christian faith and psychology, pastoral ministry and psychiatry. His new book ‘A Better Story: God, sex and human flourishing’ is published by IVP/SPCK’.

ART MUSIC POETRY -Dr Brian Dooney-Margaret Aylward Centre @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


What makes your heart sing? 
This course explores some of the ways in which literature and the arts can bring inspiration and hope to our lives.

Dr Brian Dooney has worked in education for over twenty five years, as a secondary school teacher, principal and lecturer in All Hallows College/DCU (2004-2016). Currently he works with Age and Opportunity, the Irish national organisation that inspires and empowers older people to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Wednesdays, 11, 18, 25 October , 1, 8, 15 November 2017 |

Minimum number 15 | Booking essential | 

Dreams – the Real Agenda @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm
Dreams – the Real Agenda @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Discover the way dreams point us to places of growth, healing and surprise. Learn the language of dreams, how the symbolic images reveal possibilities; see the connections between the dreams of a given timeframe and discover the real agenda of your life. The course will also consider recall of dreams, dreams in the Old and New Testaments, dreams in other cultures, death in dreams, dreams and health and much more. There will also be time to work on dreams in a group setting.

8 week course, please book by 4 October

Depression from a Christian Perspective -Fodhla McGrane/Fr Jim Noonan -Emmaus Centre-Dublin @ Emmaus Centre
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 2:30 pm



Theme:        Depression from a Christian Perspective

Speakers:    Fodhla McGrane and Fr Jim Noonan


Depression is ‘the common cold’ of our psychology. The illness effects approx one in every five people. According to the Vatican, it is the biggest disease in the world. If you are a Christian suffering from depression, come and look at this subject in the warmth, peace, and security of Emmaus.

Oasis Day – Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Oct 14 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm


Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
Mindfulness Evenings with Anne O’Reilly @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 12 @ 9:30 pm
Mindfulness Evenings with Anne O’Reilly @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue | County Dublin | Ireland

Slow Down. Take the mindful path back home.

In an increasingly busy and frantic world it is important to make time to come home to our own hearts. When we begin to slow down and pay attention it becomes easier to be still in the present moment.

In this series of classes participants will be introduced to the principles of mindfulness practice. We will learn how to follow the breath and allow it to anchor us in each moment. There will be opportunities to practise sitting and walking meditation and other gentle movement exercises. Guided meditation will be accompanied by instrumental music and sacred poetry. We will cultivate a sense of spacious awareness in an atmosphere of non judging and compassion.

The aim of this Tuesday evening course is to nurture compassion and loving kindness towards oneself, others and the natural world. The focus is on mindfulness as presence of heart and coming home to ourselves. It is suitable both for beginners and those already on the path. There is great support in meeting from week to week with the same group and learning to develop a practice that can be sustained when the classes are finished.

Centering Prayer Evenings -Fionnuala Quinn O.P. -Margaret Aylward Centre, D 11 @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Centering Prayer Evenings

The Prayer of Consent
Fionnuala Quinn O.P.

 Centering Prayer is consenting to the Divine Presence and action within us. Come for one hour and consent in community to the Divine Action within and be transformed with this simple prayer.

Fionnuala Quinn O.P. is a Dominican Sister. She opened Contemplative Outreach Dublin in 2007 and presently serves as International Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach Ltd.  She resides in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

                                Thursday, 19 October & 16 November 2017 

Bio-spiritual focusing @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm
Bio-spiritual focusing @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Bio-Spiritual Focusing teaches us how to reconnect with our body’s consciousness through the ‘felt-sense’ which is common to all humanity. We learn to recognise the body-feel of being carried in the constantly unfolding Universal Process of Creation in this body-centred method of spiritual inquiry and communion – one which is easily taught to both adults and children.

With Mary Leahy fcj – please book by 11 October

Autumn Sacred Dance Day with Barbara Perry chf-Margaret Aylward Centre, D. 11 @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Experience the joy of dancing in a circle with others and a sense of well-being and community. Clear instructions are given as each new dance is introduced. So, come on your own or with a friend and join in!

Barbara Perry:  B.A. B Mus., Dip Psych., Dip. Dance Meditation/Sacred Dance, is a Holy Faith Sister.   She has given workshops in the UK and the USA as well as leading regular dance circles and workshops in Ireland.

Minimum Number 12  Booking essential

Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 9:30 pm




TO REGISTER, EMAIL: [email protected]

The conference will explore the nature of democracy and the looming constitutional crisis posed by proposed changes to the constitution.

Principal speakers to address these questions and more are:

His Excellency, Bishop Kevin Doran, bishop of Elphin

John Waters, author and columnist.

Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action.

Others: TBA

Monthly Days of Recollection- St. Benedict’s Priory, Cobh, Co.Cork- @ St Benedict's Priory, The Mount,
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Days of Recollection


Servant of God, Mother Marie Adele Garnier,
Foundress of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, OSB


Last Saturday of every Month e.g.

Saturday 28thOctober:  Theme:        Devotion to Mary

Saturday 25th November:                    Life, Death & Resurrection


Venue: St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh, Co.Cork

Each day begins at 9.00am with Holy Mass and  finishes with tea at 3.30pm

Lunch provided.                                              Donations welcome to cover costs

To book your place or to arrange to stay in our retreat house at any time, please contact:  Mother Prioress:  021 4811 354[email protected]