Upcoming Events in Esker August – December 2017

The following Events are planned to take place in Esker in the coming few months:

  • July 29: Lughnasa Celebration.  5pm in the Garden of Esker Grounds. All welcome.  Followed by a cup tea & refreshments for all!






September 8-11:

We come as we are

Meditation/Yoga: with Korko Moses S. J.  This  retreat is an opportunity for people to take time out to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Meditation. Facilitator: Korko Moses S.J. (India):

                                                                        Fr. Korko Moses, an Indian Jesuit is coming to Redemptorist Retreat House, Esker from the September 8 – 11 2017.  The term yoga can be off-putting for some people but according to Fr. Korko, yoga is a scientific way to bring the mind to stillness and to align the body, mind and spirit correctly. Fr. Korko says his spiritual life has been enriched as a Christian and his knowledge of Jesus has been broadened through yoga / meditation. 

The retreats are for people seeking to deepen their relationship with God and the Universe. They are also for people who find it difficult to pray and may have lost meaning in life.  Fr. Korko has been coming to Ireland for the past 14 years and has held his very successful Retreat in Esker for the past number of years.

 Retreat Director: Fr. Korko Moses SJ (India)

Date: September 8th – 11th 2017, Starting Time: 5.30pm on the Friday

Venue: Redemptorist Retreat House, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway.   

For further information contact Laura at 087-7489694 or by email info@redemptoristsesker.ie

September 25-30: Six-day Preached Retreat: ‘Who do you say that I am’.

Facilitator: Michael Kelleher C.Ss.R.   Michael is a former Provincial Superior of the Irish Redemptorists, and is experienced in a variety of ministries, particularly in developing  Youth Ministry in Ireland. He is currently based in Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick.  Contact: Secretary Esker 091 844007 or emailinfo@redemptoristsesker.ie.

November 4,5: Dreams. /by Fr. Brendan O’Rourke C.Ss.R.

’Dreams have been valued in ancient cultures and religions. They were understood to give guidance, to challenge imbalance in our lives, and to invite us to wholeness. In these two days we will look at dream theory, and at ways to work and play with our dreams.’  Brendan, currently in his sixth year as superior of the Redemptorist Community here in Esker, is a native of Wexford, and is a psychotherapist. He is a man of wide and varied experience and has ministered in many parts of the world, and brings a great depth of understanding and compassion to his ministries.

December 1-3: Advent Retreat. A quiet weekend apart, as we begin our journey towards the mystery that is Christmas. Facilitator: Peter Burns C.Ss.R.

December 15-17:  Healing in the spirit: Weekend of healing and wholeness in body, mind and spirit, based on the word of God and the Sacraments. Facilitator: Jim McManus C.Ss.R.  Contact Secretary Esker 091 844007 orinfo@redemptoristsesker.ie.

Other important Events in Esker, in Esker Church:

October  9-11  (Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday): Triduum to St. Gerard Majella, the Redemptorist Saint who is patron of Mothers and expectant Mothers. Mass, Petitions, and Blessing with relic of St. Gerard daily 10m and 8pm.

December 4th – 8th : In Esker Church – The Esker Healing Mission: a healing  Eucharistic Mission in preparation for Christmas. Sessions daily: 10am, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. (This takes place in the public Church in Esker.)

For more information or to book a Retreat contact

Secretary Esker 091 844007 or 091 844549

or email info@redemptoristsesker.ie.


Pilgrimages, Summer Camps, Youth Events -the Village as a Base:  Our facilities are available for rental, provided certain conditions are met.  The facilities are also available for  Youth Group Events. Our Youth Village facilities and/or Retreat House can make an excellent base for groups, from Ireland and Overseas,  who wish to go on Pilgrimage from here to various sacred places and shrines in the West,- eg. Knock, CroaghPatrick, Ballintubber Abbey, Clonmacnoise, Clonfert,-   or to visit Connemara or the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

The Youth Village has two dormitories with bunk beds; each dormitory can sleep about 35. There are also separate sleeping facilities in each, for adult leaders. The ‘Rambling House’ is a place where groups can prepare their own food, if they wish. The Retreat House has plenty of accommodation also, subject to availability.

Among the facilities we have available on site are an 18 hole Pitch & Putt course and a variety of wooded walks.

In our retreats, we take time to celebrate the humanity of each young person, affirming their dignity and worth, hearing their questions and struggles, and seeking to show them who they truly are, through the face and eyes of Jesus Christ, as made in the image and likeness of their Creator. We work so that they will experience themselves and others with truth and real joy, by the time they leave us for home. We place before them food for the journey of Life. When possible, we end each retreat with a celebration of Eucharist with the students.

We offer One-Day Retreats/Reflection Days, and also Residential Retreats. Parishes offer a day in Esker as a special gift to their Confirmation Children, with an early start and arriving for 9.30am or so, departing around 2.30 or 3pm, when possible.

The beauty of the spacious grounds is another part of the experience for all who come to Esker, as is the beauty and simplicity of the Youth Village itself – an old converted farmyard.

In Esker, once a Dominican Foundation, now a Redemptorist Community, “Welcome” is our middle name! Everyone who comes is a V.I.P.

Contact 091 844007





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