Centering Prayer in Esker, & Events elsewhere in Ireland.

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

A recent 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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Saturday September 21st. 2019 (completed) –  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!

From an email sent to Esker, from Contemplative Outreach Ireland:

Dear Friends in Centering Prayer,
We invite you to withdraw to a quiet place and spend time alone with God in silence at any of the following retreats.
If you are are new to Centering Prayer (or know anyone who might be interested) and would like to learn more you will be very welcome at any of the Introductory Workshops in September.

Upcoming Retreats
   (see notices attached)
Sept 21st - Centering Prayer Retreat Day in Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co Galway. Contact Patricia or Maeve: 091 844 549
Sept 27th-29th - Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat in Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre, Crossgar, Co Down. Contact  Kathleen: 087 601 7709 or Email:
October 19th - Northern Gathering (Centering Prayer Day) in Agape Centre, Lisburn Road, Belfast. Contact Michele  +44 7808 137622 or Email:
November 6th-13th - 8th Day Post Intensive Retreat in Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre, Co Wexford. Contact Kathleen: 087 601 7709 or Email:
Nov 29th-Dec 1st - Advent Weekend Retreat in Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre, Co Wexford. Contact Kathleen: 087 601 7709 or Email:
Introductory Workshops into the Method of Centering Prayer.

Sept 14th  - 9.30-1pm -  Inspire Business Centre, Dundonald, BT161QT, Co Antrim.  Contact Michele: +44 7808 137622 or Email:
Sept 21st -  11am-1.30pm - Parish Church, Kilmacud, Co Dublin. Contact: Rose Mary: 01 2983881 or Email:
Sept 28th - 10.30am-1pm - Clane & Rathcoffey Parish, Co Kildare. Contact John: 087 246 6892 or Email:
God bless,

Niamh Brennan

Facilitator: (To be confirmed)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:  Saturday Sept. 21st: book in from 9am. (TBC)

Enquiries and bookings: Secretary, Esker 091 844007,  or

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

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