Wel co me gro

© Copyright Manresa 2014
Ciary Quirke SJ has worked as a science teacher, in retreat work, on
renewal for priests, as a parish priest and is now in his sixteenth year
on the staff of Manresa.
Avril O’Regan RLR (Assistant Director) joined the Sisters of La
Retraite in 1995, having studied law and pastoral studies. She has
worked as Assistant Chaplain in Newman College in Birmingham and
as Chaplain in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She joined
the full-time staff of Manresa in September 2007.
or visit www.manresa.ie
for more information.
Tel. +353 1 833 1352
Fax. +353 1 833 1002
e-mail: [email protected]
AT 5
Manresa is a work of the
Society of Jesus in Ireland
Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
426 Clontarf Road
Dublin 3
Laurence Murphy SJ has wide experience, both in Ireland and abroad,
as spiritual director and in giving retreats. He has served as Director of
Novices, Rector of an international house of studies in Rome,
Provincial, Director of Manresa and as spiritual director in Saint
Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Finbarr Lynch SJ spent sixteen years in administration and teaching in
Belvedere College. Having worked in the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in
Belfast, he has been on the staff of Manresa since 1997. He is author
of When You Pray (Messenger Publications).
For further details on our Retreats, Courses and Events
please contact:
Satnav Location: 53°21’58.40” N 6°10’26.31” W
From the north or coming off the M50 near the airport,
follow the M1 towards City Centre, take the Coolock exit
and continue straight for 6.7 km until you come to a
T-junction. Turn right at these lights and continue straight
for 2.9 km past another three sets of traffic lights.
Entrance to Manresa is on the right just a few metres
beyond the last set of traffic lights.
Mike Drennan SJ has practised extensively both as counsellor and as
spiritual director. He was Secretary General of the Conference of
Religious of Ireland (CORI) from 2003 to 2007. Having been engaged
in administrative work in the Irish Jesuit Province, he returned to the
staff of Manresa in 2012.
Piaras Jackson SJ (Director) studied religious education in Dublin
and in New York before working widely in the catechetical field. Having
engaged apostolically online since 1997, he worked in communications
in the Irish Jesuit Province before moving to Manresa in 2012.
Directions to Manresa
Brendan Comerford SJ taught in St Ignatius College, Galway before
becoming Director of Novices in the Joint British-Irish novitiate in
Birmingham, England. He is now engaged in researching and teaching
the History of Christian Spirituality, in retreat-giving and in spiritual
From Dublin city centre by car, take the Clontarf Road along
the coast. Entrance to Manresa is about 1km beyond the
Bull Wall (wooden bridge).
September - December 2014
From Dublin city centre by bus, take the number 130 from
Lower Abbey Street (opposite Abbey Theatre). This stops almost
directly outside the entrance of Manresa (stop no. 1759).
Manresa Resident Staff
Movies that Matter
Programmes at Manresa
Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality offers a variety of retreats, courses
and events to support people in living their Christian faith.
Retreats offer people some time apart to reflect on their lives and seek
the Lord’s guidance. Retreats vary in length from one to thirty days.
Accommodation is in single en suite rooms and full board is provided.
Retreats may be preached (with presentations given to the group) or
directed (individual daily meetings with a spiritual director).
Courses focus on particular topics or aspects of life, and progress from
session to session. They run at various intervals, some weekly, some
fortnightly, others monthly. Some courses are residential, allowing
participants to stay in Manresa’s single en suite accommodation, while
others take place in the evening time. Courses may involve application and
registration. Participants need to be ready to attend all parts of a course.
Culture Night: Richard Enda King
@ Manresa
Film and reflection led by Eileen O’Brien
6 evenings (7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) beginning on
Wednesday 10 September 2014
The popular Movies that Matter series continues with a new
selection of films this autumn. Each film will be preceded by a
brief introduction and followed by a discussion. For details of the
films being shown, sign up for our newsletter at www.manresa.ie
Irish Modernist Masterpieces
Friday 19 September 2014 (5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Lecture 7:30 p.m.)
Richard Enda King (1943-95) was commissioned to make a
number of works of liturgical art for the Jesuit Centre of
Spirituality at Manresa, Dollymount, Dublin. Culture Night is an
opportunity to consider these modern and visually challenging
works of religious art and to situate them within the context of
the oeuvre of a significant Irish artist of the twentieth century. A
talk will be given at 7:30 p.m. by Ruth Sheehy MLitt, Department
of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin.
Wednesday evenings: 10 and 24 September, 15 and
29 October, and 12 and 26 November.
No booking necessary. Attend any evening.
Eileen O’Brien is a graduate of Mater Dei Institute in Dublin. She has
worked as a teacher of religion and geography and was also
engaged in parish development. Eileen has worked regularly in
Manresa since completing her master’s degree in spirituality at the
Milltown Institute.
Friday evening: 19 September 2014
No booking necessary. Lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Preparation for Christmas:
Families with Children
A time of prayer and song in preparation for Christmas
Events at Manresa include talks, prayer evenings, films and discussion.
There is usually no need to book for an event and you are welcome to
attend any or all of the events of a series.
Oasis Days
Afternoon event (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) on
Saturday 20 December 2014
Steps2Serenity: 12-Step Meditation
and Prayer Evening
This afternoon is an opportunity for adults and children together
to reflect and pray, to attend to what is really at the heart of the
Christmas message. Parents or guardians are invited to bring
children along to Manresa for an afternoon of carol singing,
storytelling and reflection on the meaning of Christmas - and to
end the afternoon with a little party!
No booking necessary.
Monthly opportunities for personal prayer in company with others
One-day Retreat (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
An Oasis Day presents an opportunity to take some time apart a little time to catch up with yourself, to meet with God. You
can decide which of the elements on offer are most helpful to
you, choosing from reflections, guided prayer, silence and an
opportunity to meet with a spiritual director. The day ends with
a celebration of Mass. Accommodation may be available on the
night before or after an Oasis day.
Dates: Saturday 19 July 2014, Saturday 9 August 2014,
Saturday 27 September 2014, Saturday 1 November 2014,
Saturday 6 December 2014.
Cost: €50
We believe there is a need for spiritual guidance in our society, for
people willing to walk with others in their journey of faith. Training in
spiritual direction has been offered in Manresa for almost 40 years and
is currently given in the form of a two-year course consisting of seven
weekends each year. This course will prepare you for the ministry of
guiding others in their faith lives. Application forms for the 2015-2017
course will be available from January 2015. The closing date for receipt
of applications will be 30 April 2015.
Diploma in the Ministry of
Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction usually takes place on a monthly basis for about an
hour. Since it involves meeting a person individually, it is only possible
for us in Manresa to accept a small number of people for spiritual
direction. We are happy, however, wherever possible, to suggest a
spiritual director living close to you from among those who have
completed our two-year Diploma Course in Spiritual Direction.
From the tradition received from Saint Ignatius, we in Manresa
continue this ministry of ‘spiritual conversation’, or spiritual direction.
In a trusting atmosphere and through respectful listening, we hope to
help people to discover their own deepest desires and to hear the
gentle voice of God calling to them in their hearts.
Left to right: Fr. Finbarr Lynch, SJ, Fr. Laurence Murphy, SJ, Fr. Piaras Jackson, SJ,
Fr. Ciary Quirke, SJ, Sr. Avril O'Regan, RLR, Fr. Mike Drennan, SJ, Fr. Brendan Comerford, SJ.
Ignatius of Loyola often engaged with his fellow pilgrims in ‘spiritual
conversation’. This was one of his more remarkable gifts. ‘He so
adapted himself to those with whom he conversed,’ said one of his
early companions, ‘that he evoked amazing movements in them. He
had such insight into them that he almost seemed to enter into their
mind and heart.’
Spiritual Direction
Monthly evenings (8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) beginning on
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Manresa offers an opportunity to people on twelve-step
programmes to deepen their awareness of themselves as they
seek to improve their conscious contact with God “as they
understand him.”
Even as we continue to read about its dangers, the Internet
grows in importance in everyday life. We are happy to see that
Manresa’s website is accessed around the world and a growing
number of people choosing to make the retreats in Ireland meet
us first online. The technological achievement of global
communications networks reflects the more vital network of
prayer which we in Manresa are privileged to support.
We hope to be able to welcome you for a retreat, for a day of
recollection you may arrange to take on your own or with a
group, or for any of the events we list here.
The development of a new novitiate building in Manresa is an
opportunity for us to upgrade our kitchen and dining services
and to look at a better organisation of the house and its
facilities. We hope to continue to offer retreats through 2015
and offer our schedule in these pages. Our website will have the
most up-to-date list and will be able to take account of
ongoing changes in the schedule.
We invite you to look through this brochure and to consult our
website to see what is on offer from September 2015 onwards.
If something seems to promise life to you, we hope to see you
in Manresa before too long and to accompany you in finding
God in all things.
Piaras Jackson SJ
AA Meetings
Third Wednesday of each month: 17 September, 15 October,
19 November and 17 December 2014.
No booking necessary. Attend any evening.
Sundays 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mondays 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Contact 1890 412 412 for further information.
This brochure contains information accurate as of July 2014. For more up
to date information on our programme of events, courses and retreats
please visit our website www.manresa.ie
Manresa supports a global network of prayer.
Called to Light
Dreams - the Real Agenda
Shorter Retreats
An afternoon of liturgical music for Advent presented by
Marie Dunne CHF
Led by Paddy Greene SJ
Come for an Oasis Day - or stay in en suite single accommodation for
a weekend retreat.
Afternoon event (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) on
Sunday 23 November 2014
The wealth of Christmas music and carols often overshadows our
Advent preparation. On this afternoon, liturgical composer, Marie
Dunne CHF, will offer some ideas, guidelines and practical
suggestions to enrich the Advent repertoire.
Sunday afternoon: 23 November 2014.
Booking necessary.
€20 (Includes resources).
Sister Marie Dunne CHF is a member of the Congregation of the
Holy Faith. With a background in education, Marie works full time in
music and faith ministry, dividing her time between music therapy,
choral direction and music composition.
Advent Prayer Evenings
Prayer evenings making us ready to welcome Christ in our lives
4 Prayer Evenings (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) beginning on
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Prepare for Christmas through our sessions of guided prayer on
each Tuesday of Advent. These evenings create ‘sacred spaces’ for
you to open your heart to the Word of God, helping you to
prepare to celebrate God’s great love for us.
8 evenings (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) beginning on
Thursday 2 October
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.
Thursday evenings: 2, 9 16, 23 and 30 October, and
6, 13 and 20 November.
Places are limited. Please register your interest by phone or web
before 16 September.
€80 (8 evenings).
Paddy Greene SJ has conducted workshops on dreams in Ireland
since 1988. He combines input with a group process which enables
individuals to work on their dreams in a way that is safe and
enlightening. He works also in spiritual direction with a focus on
dreamwork, and in adult education and creation spirituality.
Ignatian Library Book Club
Led by Brendan Comerford SJ
6 mornings (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) beginning on
Monday 22 September 2014
The text for this season will be Fully Human, Fully Divine: An
Interactive Christology by Michael Casey. The weeks between
meetings will allow participants an opportunity to read chapters
of the text in preparation for guided group discussion.
Places are limited. Please register your interest by phone or web
before 16 September.
€20 deposit. Further donations at participants’ discretion.
Colm Brophy is a trained art psychotherapist. He has had five solo
exhibitions - and still attends a weekly art class. He is deeply
immersed in Ignatian spirituality, having been a Jesuit in Zambia. He
is now married and works part-time with JUST (Jesuit University
Support and Training) in Ballymun.
Led by James Crampsey SJ
4 Thursday evenings (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) beginning on
Thursday 9 October 2014
Pick up the hymn book of the Jerusalem Temple and what do you
find? There are poems of praise, poems of lament, remembering
poems, dark poems with elements of violence. This course will
look at the variety of Israel’s individual and communal prayer and
ask whether we can make these prayers our own. Do they
challenge our own ways of praying?
Thursday evenings: 9 and 23 October, 6 November,
4 December 2014
€40 (4 evenings)
James Crampsey SJ, a Glasgow-born Jesuit, lectured in Biblical Studies
at Heythrop College, London, for twelve years after which he became
Provincial of the British Jesuits for six years. After that he was a
parish priest, working for nine years in the multi-faith and multiethnic context of Southall in West London. Now based in Edinburgh,
he is helping with the Jesuit Tertianship programme in Dublin.
Directed Retreats
An Ignatian retreat means time given in silence, to prayer and
reflection that fosters a deeper relationship with the Lord. God is
active in our world and in our lives, guiding us, but in a busy world
with many distractions we need time to be able to recognise
God’s loving desires for us and to be more free to follow them.
The retreat is a time for listening, receiving and allowing God to
strengthen us as disciples of Jesus and in sharing more fully in his
8-day Directed Retreats
8:00 p.m. Tuesday 2 September - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 11 September 2014
8:00 p.m. Tuesday 23 September - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 2 October 2014
8:00 p.m. Tuesday 28 October - 9:00 am.
Thursday 6 November 2014
€615 (includes full board and lodging in en-suite accommodation).
4-day Directed Retreat
8:00 p.m. Sunday 5 October - 9:00 a.m.
Friday 10 October 2014
€300 (includes full board and lodging in en-suite accommodation).
Retreats in 2015
Advent Tridua
Making Space for Faith and Prayer
Led by Finbarr Lynch SJ and Eileen O’Brien
8 evenings (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) beginning on
Thursday 2 October 2014
Who is God for me? Where is my life going? How can I
strengthen the quality of my prayer life? Is prayer more than the
saying of prayers? Faith questions such as these will be addressed
over these eight fortnightly evening meetings in the welcoming
atmosphere of a group setting. These evenings will offer an
opportunity to engage with prayer as a meeting with the Lord,
using Scripture and the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality. Each
evening will consist of input, prayer and reflection on experience
to help the integration of prayer and life.
Thursday evenings: 2, 16 and 30 October, 13 and 27 November
2014, 8 and 22 January and 5 February 2015.
Places are limited. Please register your interest by phone or web.
€175 (8 evenings).
8:00 p.m. Monday 8 December - 9:00 a.m.
Friday 12 December 2013 or 8:00 p.m.
Monday 15 December - 9:00 a.m. Friday 19 December 2013
Choose either the first or second week of Advent to spend some
time with the seasonal themes. Brendan Comerford SJ will offer a
reflection each morning, suggesting how the day’s prayer and
silence might lead to a deeper appreciation of the God who
comes to us.
€230 (includes full board and lodging in en-suite accommodation).
New Year 3-day Retreat
8:00 p.m. Monday 29 December 2014 - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday 1 January 2015
Here is an alternative way to see in the New Year! This retreat
starts on Monday evening and continues until lunchtime on New
Year’s Day, offering time to reflect on the time gone by and to ask
for God’s grace on the year to come. These days of retreat offer
ample opportunity to engage in prayer, personal reflection,
celebrations of Eucharist, small group faith-sharing and meeting
individually with a trained spiritual guide. In an atmosphere of
gentle silence, participants will be helped to ponder Scripture and
to learn to recognise the signs of God’s presence in their
reflection and in the world around them.
€210 (includes full board and lodging in en-suite accommodation).
To book, contact Manresa reception on (01) 833 1352
or email [email protected]
The Spiritual Exercises
November, we remember: Praying
through grief and loss
Led by John Callanan SJ
Introduction to the Psalms
One-day Retreat (Monday 8:00 p.m. - Tuesday 4:00 p.m. /
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
These days present priests with a chance to take some time apart
for prayer together, celebration of the Sacrament of
Reconciliation and/or spiritual direction. Priests are welcome to
gather on Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. for a film and
conversation and to stay overnight leaving on Tuesday afternoon,
or to attend the day from Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
1 evening (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Thursday 25 September 2014
If you’re interested in the Spiritual Exercises and in considering
what form may be most suitable for you, this open evening will
be the ideal opportunity to hear how others have found the
Exercises helpful to them and to talk with people who have
experience of the Exercises in Daily Life, the 30-day retreat,
spiritual direction and other ways in which Manresa makes the
insights of the Spiritual Exercises available.
Led by Brendan Comerford SJ
Fortnightly on Mondays 22 September, 6 and 20 October,
3 and 17 November and 1 December 2014
Register by phone or web by 12 September.
Tuesday evenings: 23 and 30 September, and 7 and 14 October.
Oasis Days for Priests
8:00pm Friday 5 December - 2:00pm
Sunday 7 December 2014
A weekend retreat allows for valuable time to see where God’s
Spirit is moving you. A retreat in Advent is especially precious,
allowing time to appreciate the season’s message by spending
time praying alone, in company with others, by meeting with a
spiritual director or just catching your breath if life seems too busy.
€140 (includes full board and lodging in en-suite accommodation).
4 evenings (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) beginning on
Tuesday 23 September 2014
We rely a lot on words but sometimes they are not enough: our
inner lives, our feelings, our consciousness often need other forms
of expression. These four evenings present an opportunity to free
our inner creative spirits by looking at and creating images, by
considering how feelings, thoughts and memories are brought to
life by what we see. Artistic ability is not necessary for
Saturday 19 July 2014, Saturday 9 August 2014,
Saturday 27 September 2014, Saturday 1 November 2014,
Saturday 6 December 2014
Advent Retreat for Lay People
No booking necessary. Attend any evening.
Led by Colm Brophy
One-day Retreat (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
A one-day retreat may be enough time for you to step aside from
the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa. An Oasis
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. The day
concludes with the celebration of the Eucharist.
Monday 13 October -Tuesday 14 October 2014
Monday 10 November -Tuesday 11 November 2014
Tuesday evenings: 25 November, and 2, 9 and 16 December.
Expressing the Creative Spirit
Oasis Days
Spiritual Exercises Open Evening
3 evenings (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) beginning on
Tuesday 4 November 2014
The month of November is typically characterised by
remembrance of the departed. Recalling our loved ones and
considering our own mortality prompts deep emotions. This series
of three evenings provides an opportunity to avail of some
guidance in meditative prayer, taking account of our treasured
memories, the situations of our lives, and of our hopes. This
sequence of evenings will be based on some of Tony de Mello’s
basic principles for wholesome living, using guided meditations
and exercise of the imagination to prompt greater awareness of
our giftedness and to open up new pathways to God.
Tuesday evenings: 4, 11 and 18 November.
Register by phone or web.
John Callanan SJ has been a retreat-giver, writer, student adviser and
chaplain for the past ten years prior to the parish ministry in which
he is now engaged. He has written a number of books developing
the insights of Anthony de Mello SJ, including The Spirit of Anthony
de Mello, Dreaming with Anthony de Mello, Finding Fire with
Anthony de Mello and Watering the Desert with Anthony de Mello.
The Spiritual Exercises in their fullest form are made as a silent
retreat over a thirty-day period or in daily life over a span of
many months. Saint Ignatius proposed shorter adaptations of the
Spiritual Exercises to suit various situations, so elements of the
Exercises are now offered over periods ranging from eight days to
just a few hours. These adaptations are not condensed versions of
the Spiritual Exercises, but they are expressions of what lies at the
heart of Ignatian spirituality: practical guidelines to help people
come to know the God of love active in their lives, to face the
obstacles that distort their relationship with God and with others
and to follow Christ in the concrete choices of their lives.
For more details, www.manresa.ie
The Exercises in Daily Life (EDL)
This form of the Exercises usually takes nine months or more,
depending on the pace at which a person moves through the
experience under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It involves a
commitment to daily prayer and reflection of about an hour-anda-half, as well as a weekly or fortnightly meeting with an
experienced director. Making the Spiritual Exercises in daily life
has grown in popularity in recent years and, while it may not have
the concentrated focus associated with the thirty-day retreat, has
the advantage of facilitating the integration of faith and prayer
into daily life. As with the thirty-day format, entry into this
retreat usually grows out of experience with shorter directed
retreats, regular daily prayer and on-going spiritual direction. The
retreat can be made at any time of the year, but it is particularly
appropriate if it can start about September, because the course of
the retreat then coincides - in most cases - with the celebrations
of the liturgical year. For more details consult www.manresa.ie
We hope that Spring 2015 will see building underway in Manresa: the
plan is to provide a new novitiate building for European provinces and
to enhance the Retreat House by the construction of new kitchen and
dining facilities. We are happy to be able to continue to offer retreats
during 2015 in the European Tertianship - the building in the quiet
corner of the grounds. The Tertianship building will be used for some
retreats in spring and during the summer - the retreat house Chapel
and prayer room remaining available for optional use. The smaller
setting, with its own chapel and dining room, promises a more
intimate experience of retreat (even if ensuite facilities are not
available throughout the building) and makes early booking advisable.
Please consult our website www.manresa.ie to confirm dates, cost and
4-Day Directed Retreats for Priests
Tuesday 26 May - Saturday 30 May 2015
Sunday 31 May - Thursday 4 May 2015
5-day Directed Retreats
Sunday 28 June - Saturday 4 July 2015
Sunday 5 July - Saturday 11 July 2015
6-day Directed Retreat
Sunday 28 June - Sunday 5 July 2015
Tuesday 8 September - Tuesday 15 September 2015
8-day Directed Retreats
Tuesday 17 February - Thursday 26 February 2015
Wednesday 18 March - Friday 27 March 2015
Sunday 7 June - Tuesday 16 June 2015
Tuesday 16 June - Thursday 25 June 2015
Sunday 12 July - Tuesday 21 July 2015
Tuesday 21 July - Thursday 30 July 2015
Sunday 2 August - Tuesday 11 August 2015
Tuesday 11 August - Thursday 20 August 2015
Thursday 20 August - Saturday 29 August 2015
Preached Retreats in 2015
6-day Preached Retreat - Jesus: our Way, Truth and Life
(Michael Drennan SJ)
Sunday 8 March - Saturday 14 March 2015
5-Day Preached Retreat - To Love and Serve in Everything
(Laurence Murphy SJ)
Sunday 5 July - Saturday 11 July 2015
5-day Preached Retreat - Meeting Jesus... When You Pray
(Finbarr Lynch SJ)
Sunday 30 August - Saturday 5 September 2015