Retreats in Esker, Autumn 2017.

Esker Retreat Centre, Monastery and Church

The following is information about a number of retreats, weekend and 6-days, that are coming up in Esker in the coming months. Please let your friends know about these. Esker is a quiet place away from the noise and the busyness of life, a place apart, a ‘soul-space’ for everyone, of whatever age. ‘Welcome’ is our middle name here in Esker.

Come apart and rest awhile’  (Mark 6:31)– a time apart, a time away from the rush of life, to get the bigger picture, to be in touch with our humanity, our hungers, questions, and our deeper selves.

In the quiet walks of the Eskers

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

(Detail: Gothic Chapel Window, Kylemore)

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 email

November 4,5: Dreams. / Facilitator 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 or

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.)





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