Spirituality for Today
The Focolare Movement started by Chiara Lubich has many elements of spirituality that are relevant for today’s world, including prayer, outreach, com- passion and joy in Gospel service. This day will focus on these as a way of responding in a radical way to the call of Jesus.
John Henry Newman
Just a week before his canonisation in Rome, we reflect this day on the journey to sanctity of John Henry Newman, from adolescence to maturity, and how his example and teaching is so relevant for the world of today.
Bishop Philip Boyce OCD
Cherishing the Past
This day will reflect on the rich heritage of our Irish past that is in danger of being airbrushed out of history. Among other topics, it will explore the the immense contribution of the new religious congregations that came to birth in Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. .
Edith Stein: St Teresa Benedicta of
the Cross -
‘Make room for holy awe’
This day will explore some key features in the life of Edith Stein which makes her a compelling model for us today ‘to learn to live at God’s hands’.
St John of the Cross
On his feast day, this day will reflect on St John of the Cross and explore his teaching on prayer, the dark night and the adventure that is the spiritual life when it is imbued with the contemplative spirit
Jim Noonan OCD
Pre Christmas retreat
In Silence and Peace
A day of quiet and stillness amidst the Christmas rush
Please note: this is a silent retreat
Tuesday, October 15
An Evening with
St. Teresa of Avila
Beginning at 6.00 pm with the Mass of her feast day, this evening will reflect on St Teresa’s eventful life and the richness of her teaching, especially her inimitable teaching on prayer and the spiritual journey. .
Please bring a packed supper
There are eight bedrooms for guests who wish to make a private retreat. Every room is en suite and one is adapted for people living with a disability or using a wheelchair. Each room has a chair/table and armchair and ample wardrobe facilities. There are also facilities for tea-making in each room. Private retreats are self- catering. Breakfast cereals are provided. The kitchenette has a cooker and microwave, pots and pans for cooking, and facilities for washing and ironing clothes.
There are a number of supermarkets within a five to ten-minute walk of Avila.
Offering; €55.00 per day including an overnight stay