Events 2020:

We at Galilee are putting your safety first. We are and will remain fully up to date with all COVID safety requirements.  The Centre is currently closed.   Do check out our online programme (hover under Programme). 


Active Hope Online Workshops

Following our Active Hope workshops in February and June, we will have a series of workshops taking a group through the full Active Hope Cycle.  With Dr Connie Nell, social anthropologist. She writes:

Active Hope is about negotiating a response to crisis. What role can we, as individuals, play in the transition to a life-sustaining society? How can we connect, develop resilience and contribute to this change? The workshops follow the four steps outlined in work by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: in the process we will show our gratitude, honour the pain, see with new eyes and go forth into action… The subheading of their book ‘Active Hope’ (2012) captures the spirit perfectly: ‘How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy’.

Although each of these workshops will stand alone, to get the most out of the series, we strongly recommend that participants plan to take part in all five sessions. First workshop Thursday, November 19th, 7.30pm (Please note that this date has changed from that advertised). Booking .

Then Wednesdays December 9th, February 10th, March 24 and May 12th.

€10 per session or €40 for the five.


Caring for our Common Home:  Coming together with Laudato Sí (Pope Francis’ letter to the world on the environment)

With presenter Ms Jane Mellett, Laudato Sí Officer, Trócaire.

Connection: The Big Picture of the Web of Life.                                 February 16th
Action: Getting down to Working for our Future.                              February 23rd

These evenings will explore the climate crisis: the science, the spirituality and some of the solutions. A short presentation will be followed by questions and a facilitated discussion.

February 16, 23. 7.30 – 8.30pm via Zoom.

Co-hosted by the Diocese of Elphin, Galilee Spirituality Centre, and Trócaire, with Ms Josephine Stoker. Details, bookings,


Lent Retreat: Embracing Wholeness, Finding Holiness

with Dympna Mallon

20th February, 10.30am-1.00pm.

We will consider the importance of our wholeness as human beings in our search for holiness – how every part of our person and experience is essential to our journey towards holiness. In this Lenten context we will explore the idea of repentance and the part it can play in healing our woundedness and giving us hope.

Dympna Mallon. Dympna works with marginalised communities to engage and empower them to respond to the climate emergency and the values of Pope Francis’ Laudato Sí.  She a PhD student at St Patricks College Maynooth with a broad experience in pastoral work. Her Master’s Degree examined Laudato Sí as a tool for renewal in the Church. She is passionate about empowering people in their faith.




Hope Springs…

Our Lenten programme Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd, March.

Presenters: Sr Elizabeth Davis, Carol Barry, Niamh Morris. (details tba)


Retreat for people in ministry:

with Fr Declan Mansfield and Dr Anne Francis 13th March (details tba)


Living with Addiction in the Family:

with Mr. Mick Devine, March 27th, 10.00-12.30 via Zoom.

Families that live with addiction experience shame, guilt and anxiety and feel it is ‘all my fault.’ The pressures of the past year have made this even harder. Recovery is possible This workshop will offer positive tools for managing addiction in the family so that all family members can work towards greater wellbeing.


Picture: Resilience Rong Guo

Mick Devine MA, Adv Dip Coun., Cert. Family Systems, is a therapist and has been an addiction treatment practitioner for over 25 years. He is the Clinical Director of one of Ireland’s leading addiction treatment agencies. He has a particular interest in the role of the spirituality of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in the treatment of addicted persons.




Pentecost Gathering with Sr Joan Chittister OSB

(Online: date and details tba)

Joan Chittister is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 50 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. An international speaker, she is also a best-selling author of more than 60 books, hundreds of articles, and an online column for the National Catholic Reporter. She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge.



Pastoral Supervision and Reflection for People in Ministry

Personal pastoral supervision is available in person and via Zoom.  Please contact Anne:

A pastoral reflection group began in September via Zoom. This group meets once a month for ministry reflection and support. This is now full. If you would be interested in this kind of group it may be possible to start another group after Christmas. Please contact Anne:


Coming up when we’re back…

Day for families who have experienced the loss of a baby before or after birth.

With Ms Ann Charlton, chaplain of the Rotunda Hospital and Dr Anne Francis

A gentle time to explore your experience (recent or past) in a safe and healing environment.  A spiritual approach to grief, loss and life. All welcome, from any faith background and none.

€20 per person or €25 per couple. €10 unwaged. Including lunch.  Over 18’s. Places limited, booking essential 071-966-4101.


Mary for our time

With Ian Neylon and Mary O’Connor

Letting Mary, mother of Jesus, emerge from scripture in a new light.

Learning from her, how to engage in the opportunity and challenge, that she holds out to us, in opening our lives to God and humanity today.  €5.  All Welcome.

Mary has worked in spirituality, human development and facilitation for many years in the UK. Ian was a Marist brother for thirty years and qualified in Osteopathy, Naturopathy and counselling.



Regular Happenings at Galilee

Morning And Evening Prayer

All are welcome to join us for:

  • Morning Prayer 9:15-9.40am, Tues-Thurs.
  • Evening Prayer 6pm Tues, Wed.

Mindfulness Centered Meditation

7.00-7.45 Mondays

Finding peace in a busy world.  Meditation is a way to live more mindfully and a way of finding greater happiness, becoming less anxious and more energized. It teaches us the skills to help us focus on one thing at a time.  It helps us to pray by bringing us to stillness where we can listen to our God. All are welcome and no previous experience is required.

“Reflection on the Sunday Readings

Welcome any Thursday or every Thursday.

All are welcome to join us for a cuppa and a scone at 7:30. At 8pm we gather around an open fire to study the scripture and search it for meaning in light of our day to day living.

  • Cuppa at 7:30pm
  • Discussion 8.00-9.00pm
  • Prayer 9:00-9:20
  • Welcome for all or part of the evening.

Taizé Prayer : Quiet Prayer with Music from Taizé

  • Friday
  • Last Friday of every Month
  • 9-10 pm
Jesus on the Cross

Day Retreats

Individuals or groups interested in a few hours or a full day of retreat should phone 071 966 4101 or email to make arrangements. Team members are available to lead retreats by arrangement.

This is an opportunity for people to receive guidance in scripture and prayer over a four day/four week period. You do not need experience or biblical expertise to do this.

People who make this retreat find it a non-threatening and positive, experience a renewal of spirit and greater confidence in reading and praying the scripture. It is available all through the year by arrangement at a date and time that suits you.

Some people have availed of this type of retreat to prepare for Christmas and Easter.

Overnight stay can be arranged.