Centering Prayer – a weekend in Esker: March 8th-10th. Completed.

'Be still, my soul' - photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

The Centering Prayer weekend in Esker was filled, with people on a waiting list. Thirty two people took part, and it was a wonderful and grace-filled time. Thanks to the facilitators, Niamh and Frances. Watch this space for further information.

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March 8-10: Centering Prayer: Take some quiet time-out that will enable you to better receive the gift of Christ’s presence and action in your life, during a weekend of contemplative prayer, stillness, solitude and reflection.

For whom?  Learning to practise Centering prayer is something for men and women, young and less young, of all ages. Being still,  with Christ,  becomes a habit of a life-time. All are welcome to this quiet weekend, from teens to nonagenarians!

Niamh Brennan

Facilitator: Niamh Brennan. (From
Niamh is currently working as Chaplain at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, having previously spent sixteen years in education as a Primary School teacher and Post-Primary School Chaplain.  On her present position Niamh comments:  “I believe I have now found my niche in Healthcare Chaplaincy.   Here I hope to be a contemplative presence in the midst of suffering; a presence which I believe is inspired and driven by my daily Centering Prayer practice.”  Niamh continues to be committed to the work of Contemplative Outreach Ireland and is actively involved in supporting those who are attracted to the practice of Centering Prayer and in co-facilitating Centering Prayer retreats at various retreat centres in Ireland.

Cost: All inclusive, €165.

How might it help?

'But only one thing is necessary!' (Luke 10:14) Photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

Simply taking a quiet time-out in a busy life, and practising being still,  can help you to receive the gift of Christ’s presence with you, every moment of every day. It means coming to the Centre, and that Centre is the Man from Nazareth, Son of Mary, and Son of God. ‘I am with you all days, until the end of time.’ Jesus’ reply to the ever-busy Martha was an invitation to come to Whom and what is at the centre: ‘But only one thing is necessary…’ (Luke 10:14)

Dates and Times:  Friday March 8th pm – arrival from 6pm – to Sunday March 10th after lunch.

Enquiries and bookings: Secretary, Esker 091 844007,  or

Moon over Esker. Photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

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