Events Spring-Summer 2019:

Our programme for spring/summer 2019.  This page will be regularly updated with new events so keep in touch!

‘Over again I feel thy finger and find thee.’ Poetry for the Spirit.

Three Tuesday mornings deepening spirituality through poetry. Featuring poetry from Gerard Manley Hopkins, Mary Oliver, Nicola Slee, e. e. cummings and others.

May 7th, 14th, 21st. 10.30-12.00.

Donation €7/person or €10/couple.


And Breathe… A Day for Carers   

With Mary O’Connor. A day of refreshment with a spiritual dimension for people who care for someone at home.  May 23rd 10.30- closing with light lunch.

A native of Ballyfarnon, Mary taught in Carrick-on-Shannon before doing her Masters and qualifying as a psychotherapist. She has worked in spirituality, human development and facilitation for many years in the UK, and is highly experienced in leading programmes of personal development including the Enneagram, team building, adult education and stress management. She is a qualified complementary therapist. She and her husband, Ian, returned to Boyle in 2009 where they care for her mother and are involved in the local community, including our centre here at Galilee.

Donation €10.


A Power Greater than Ourselves: Helping Families Manage Addiction.  With Mick Devine. May 25th 10.30-3.30

This day is for families (adults) of people in addiction, including family members in recovery. It will focus on helping all members to understand addiction and how it impacts on a family.

We will seek to explain how family members adopt coping mechanisms in order to absorb the impact of the addiction on the family and explore new ways of managing the addiction.

Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on the spiritual dimension both to addiction and to the solutions.

Mick Devine MA, Adv Dip Coun., Cert. Family Systems, is a therapist and has been an addiction treatment practitioner for over 20 years. He is the Clinical Director at a leading addiction treatment agency based in Cork. He has a particular interest in the role of the spirituality of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in the treatment of addicted persons.

€20 or €25 per family.  Unwaged €10.  Light lunch included.


The Spirit of God dwells in you (Rom 8:9): A Pentecost Retreat With Dr Anne Francis June 8th 10.30- 1.00

A retreat morning to come to know the Spirit more fully in our lives on the eve of Pentecost. Reflection, conversation and prayer. All welcome. Donation €15.


The opening of our Quiet Garden and afternoon of reflection will now take place on July 14th, 2.30-5.00pm. Did you know that Galilee has joined the Quiet Garden Movement (  We invite you to join us for an afternoon in the beautiful setting of our garden, with an opportunity for reflection and prayer, and to stop and smell the flowers. Closing with refreshments.  Please let us know if you are coming.


Regular Happenings at Galilee

Morning And Evening Prayer

Neighbours and all interested passers by are welcome to join us for:

  • Morning Prayer 9:15-9.40am, Mon-Fri
  • Evening Prayer 6pm Tues, Wed & Fri

Mindfulness Centered Meditation

7-7.45 Mondays

Finding peace in a busy and hectic world,  this could be a definition of Meditation.  Who of us would not like to do something to be more calm, less judgmental and more positive in our thoughts and attitude.It can be a help to turn off some of the programmes  running in our mind.  Something similar to the computer that  gets slower and slower the more programmes that are running.  It can actually freeze!  So too can the human brain if there are too many thoughts running simultaneously.

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.

“Reflection on the Word of God in our Challenging Times”

Welcome any Thursday or every Thursday.

All are welcome to join us for a cuppa a scone and a chat 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
  • Input/ Reflection 8-9pm
  • 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.

This is an opportunity for people to receive guidance in scripture and prayer over a four day/four week period. The programme is available for people who are not familiar with the Bible as well as for those who are.

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 by telephone.