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Directed Retreats

Tobar Mhuire will offer a guided retreat with Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence, the author of eight books on Celtic spirituality, and an Ignatian spiritual director) to individuals seeking to take time out to rest, to reflect and be refreshed by private prayer in a calm and reflective atmosphere. These retreats will include daily liturgy, one-to-one spiritual conversations with your spiritual director and opportunities for communal faith-sharing.


These retreats will be offered between:

Sunday, August 14 – Friday, August 19 Sunday,

November 13 – Friday, November 18


Our Irish Saints

In this series of four Saturdays, Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence and author of eight books on Celtic spirituality) invites us to delve into the rich spiritual heritage of our Irish saints, focusing on Patrick, Ita, Brigid and Brendan.

This series meets between 10 AM and 4 PM on the following dates:

Saturday September 10 Patrick

Saturday, October 29 Ita

Saturday, November 19 Brigid

Saturday, December 10 Brendan

An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality

In this course, Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence and author of eight books on Celtic spirituality) explores the beliefs and practices of the early Celtic Church and their relevance to our modern-day lives.

This six-week course will meet on Monday evenings (at Tobar Mhuire and online) beginning Monday, September 5.

Celtic Spirituality and Ecology

In this course, Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence and author of eight books on Celtic spirituality) examines the importance of nature for the early Celtic saints and the relevance of their beliefs to our own concerns with environmental protection and climate change.

This six-week course will meet on Monday evenings (at Tobar Mhuire and online) beginning Monday, October 24.

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Three Pillars of a Spiritual Life

In series of three Tuesdays, Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence, the author of eight books on Celtic spirituality, and an Ignatian spiritual director) will conduct three sessions exploring three practices which support and sustain a dynamic spiritual life: interior calmness (remaining mindful of the consequences of one’s daily actions), reflective vigilance (learning the patterns of God's activity in one's life), and active contemplation (becoming contemplative while involved in one’s daily life).

These sessions will be conducted (at Tobar Mhuire and online) on:

Tuesday, September 6 Interior Calmness

Tuesday, September 13 Reflective Vigilance

Tuesday, September 20 Active Contemplation

Writing a Personal Spiritual Rule

In this one-day workshop, Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence, the author of eight books on Celtic spirituality and an Ignatian spiritual director) will assist participants in developing a personal rule for their spiritual lives. This will include the clarification of the principles they want to shape their lives and the development of spiritual practices (e.g., prayer, eating habits, charitable contributions, etc.) to strengthen their ability to follow through with these desires.

This workshop will be presented Tobar Mhuire between 10 AM and 4 PM on the following dates:

Saturday, August 27

Saturday, October 22

Celtic Spirituality and Reconciliation

In this course, Timothy Ray (Tobar Mhuire’s writer-in-residence and author of eight books on Celtic spirituality) examines the importance of social harmony for the early Celtic saints and the relevance of their beliefs to our own concerns with peace-making and reconciliation.

This six-week course will meet on Tuesday evenings (at Tobar Mhuire and online) beginning Tuesday, October 25.