Retreat & Workshops 2017
25th –June – 1st July
Resting at the Well 6 Day Retreat with Brian McKee
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile” ~ Mark 6:31
These words of Jesus are spoken directly to us today, yet many of us find reasons why we cannot get away. We are over committed in many areas of our lives and don’t give ourselves the rest we need.
In the simplicity of the retreat experience, we connect with our true self. For people of faith, this time is not a luxury, but a necessity. In the book of Hosea we are invited “to come to the desert to pray and God will speak to our hearts.” This retreat will have a mixture of silence; talks; meditation and communal prayer. In the beauty of the sacred space of Tobar Mhuire, our spirits are nourished and we open ourselves to hear the quiet voice of God.
Cost: £420.00 single room full board
5th – 6th July
The Cross – The Call to Mercy and Compassion
Speakers: Very Rev. John Dunlop (former Moderator Presbyterian Church in Ireland)
Reverend John Dunlop is the recipient of multiple national and international recognitions for his service to community relations. John was born near Newry, County Down in 1939. . From 1978 -2004 he was the minister of Rosemary Presbyterian Church in North Belfast— the largest protestant denomination in the North. With the support and encouragement of the congregational leadership, he has exercised a wider ministry in efforts to further better relations between Protestant and Roman Catholics encouraging each community to better understand the other’s culture and history. Prior to that he worked with the United Church in Jamaica for ten years. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1992-93.
In June 1993 he received the “Cultural Traditions Award”, in recognition of his “established and continuing contribution to debate on cultural diversity within Northern Ireland” and in 2002 he received the E.H. Johnston Memorial Trust award from the Presbyterian Church in Canada. In 2009 he was named as a “Paul Harris Fellow” by the Rotary Foundation.
From December 2001 – May 2002 he chaired the “North Belfast Community Action Project”, an in 2007, he chaired the Omagh Independent Facilitators, bringing a recommendation regarding the wording to be used on the Memorial to the victims of the Omagh Bomb.
He has visited the United States on several occasions at the invitation of the Presbyterian Church USA and the US Catholic Conference. In May 1995 he attended and spoke at President Clinton’s “White House Conference on Investment” with Cardinal Daly.
He was co-convener of the Presbyterian Church’s “Church and Government Committee”; a member of the Irish Inter Church Meeting and of the Irish/USA Inter Church Committee on Northern Ireland and a member of the Board of (British-Irish) Encounter.
Patricia Coyle : (Director of Communications for the Jesuits, Ireland)
Pat Coyle first cooked, then lectured and now communicates for the Jesuits. She cooked for them during the summer of her final year at University College Dublin where she studied English and Philosophy. She lectured for them during her post graduate studied in Philosophy, in the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. And in 2005 she took up the post of Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland.
She was born in Derry City in 1957 in the shadow of St Eugene’s Cathedral and was ten when the troubles’ started. The Catholic Church and the war on her front street have been two of the most potent patriarchal forces in her life.
She continues to struggle with the impact they have on her as a woman and is grateful for the call they have awakened in her to try and work for justice and peace valuing the equal dignity of every human being regardless of class, gender, creed, colour, status or age.
She qualified as a secondary school teacher, lectured in third level and worked as a journalist, producer and presenter with RTE BBC and UTV. She became a wife, a mother of two children and is now a divorcee.
For a long time she thought she might be something of a failure in the eyes of her beloved Derry mother who often worried that she might never settle into a permanent job. Now happily modern culture has provided her with a jargon word that spares her blushes – ‘multi-skilled’.
18th – 25th July
Centering Prayer Retreat
4th – 8th August
Guided Retreat with Fr. Pat Duffy CP / Margaret Webb
"So I am going to allure her, lead her once more into the desert, where I can speak to her tenderly." Hosea 2:16
The retreat will be a sacred space to allow the Lord to allure you into your interior desert and speak tenderly to you. Using gently Focusing steps (Eugene Gendlin) can open a doorway to being led by the Spirit of God.
Beginning on Friday 4th August wth supper at 6.00pm and ending with Mass on Tuesday morning at 10.00am.
Cost: £290.00 single room full board
11th / 12th August
Accord Pre Marriage Course
8th/ 9th September
NI Christian Marriage Support Group Weekend
15th / 16th September
Accord Pre Marriage Course
22nd – 24th September
Centering Prayer Weekend
24th / 26th September
Blackrock College Retreat with Brian McKee
26th September – 6th October
American Pottery Group
29th – 1st October
Brian Williams Weekend
2nd October – 8th October
Brian Williams Workshop
6th / 7th October
Accord Marriage Preparation Course
19th October – 22nd October
Belfast Cursillo Group
Loss and Blessings
17th – 18th November
Accord Pre Marriage Course
2nd – 3rd December
Tobar Mhuire Christmas Craft Fair
Advent Day of Reflection
Christmas Candlelight Dinner