Events 2019-2020:

Seeking the Face of God

Our relationship with God is a journey of discovery as we continue to be surprised by the God of love who comes to us in different ways at different times in our lives.

You are invited to four very special Tuesday evenings in November to explore how we can discover God in personal faith, scripture, creation and community. Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 7.30-9.00pm, closing with tea. All welcome -especially those who are seeking the face of God in their own lives. €5. Bookings and enquiries 071-966-4101 info@galilee,ie

Nov 5th: Bishop Kevin Doran: The God of My Life.  Bishop Kevin will speak from a personal perspective on faith and the God he has met through his own life.
Nov 12th: Rev Molly Deatherage: God of the Word.  Rev Molly will share with us the God she discovers in the scriptures.
Nov 19th: Sr Patricia Lynott: God of all Creation.  Sr Patricia will take Pope Francis’ Laudato Sí as a foundation to speak about our relationship with the God of the earth in these anxious times.
Nov 26th: Dr Justin Harkin: The God of Us.  Dr Justin will reflect on God who is to be found in community, and particularly the community of the Church.

Our Presenters:

Kevin Doran is the Bishop of Elphin. Originally from Dublin he served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Dublin from 1977, working in six parishes and in university chaplaincy, and also in the area of vocations and formation. He holds a PhD which specialises in Pope John Paul II’s philosophy of the human person. He was appointed Bishop of Elphin in 2014.

Molly Deatherage is from Oregon, USA, and grew up Anglican. She lived in Germany, China, Mongolia, and Ireland (2002). She came to Mayo in 2010. Molly studied Music, English, and Education and taught for many years, mostly overseas, but changed direction, studied theology in Ireland, and became a Presbyterian minister. She enjoys reading, singing, the out of doors, wildlife, baking and eating, chatting with friends over tea or coffee.

Patricia Lynott is Diocesan Advisor for Primary Religious Education in Killala diocese. She is director of the Killala diocesan ‘Laudato Sí’ initiative as well as being a member of the national committee for the implementation of Laudato Sí. She holds a Masters in Ecology and Religion from the University of Wales.

Justin Harkin is married to Fiona and father to two children entering adulthood. He has worked in the areas of pastoral development, adult faith formation and Catholic Education in the Elphin Diocese since May 2000, having completed post-graduate studies in NUI Maynooth and worked for a number of years in the service of persons with disabilities. Justin enjoys serving as a parish volunteer and is involved in leading prayer in a Nursing Home; in organising Adult Faith Development and facilitating pre-marriage courses.


Nourishment for People in Christian Ministry

Do you work in Christian ministry as an ordained minister, layperson, brother or sister? Would you like to meet with others in a supportive environment and prayerfully reflect on your ministry in the light of scripture? Please come to our regular pastoral reflection mornings  with Dr Anne Francis.

10.30 coffee, closing with lunch. €40 (waged) including lunch.  Booking essential

  • Tuesday 22nd October
  • Tuesday 26th November
  • Thursday 6th February
  • Thursday 19th March
  • Wednesday 13th May

*We are delighted to announce a day on Flourishing in Christian Ministry with Bishop Ken and Ms Helen Clarke: February 18th. Details below. .


Winter in the Quiet Garden

Seasons of the heart: exploring winter in our lives.

A time for spiritual reflection in Galilee’s Quiet Garden with the Galilee team. Wrap up!

Sunday November 17th 2.00-4.30pm.

Donation. 071-966-4101


Advent Retreat

The Wonder of Creation, The Miracle of Life. With Sr Nellie McLoughlin.

An invitation to walk with God in self-discovery within the mystery of the unfolding universe. Drawing on the wisdom of the earth, scripture, mystics and poets we will make a journey of exploration in the light of both privilege and responsibility in our common home.

December 7th 10.30am-3.30pm.  All welcome. Cost €30 including a refreshments and a light lunch. Bookings and enquiries 071-966-4101

Sr Nellie McLaughlin, BA, M. Div. is a native of Inishowen, Donegal and a member of the Sisters of Mercy.  Her background is in education and she works in the areas of Creation Spirituality, Cosmology, Ecology and Sustainable Living.  She is founding member and director of Green Sod Land Trust , Ireland (2007), author of ‘Out of Wonder, the evolving Story of the Universe (Veritas 2004) and Life’s Delicate Balance (Veritas 2015) – a response to Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si.'”


Day of Reflection for Carers

December 10th, 10.30 – closing with lunch. €10.

An invitation to those who care for a relative at home to come and take time out for refreshment and personal care with a spiritual element.


Looking Ahead to 2020

Save the dates!

The Spirituality of Recovery: A Unique day for Families Affected by Addiction

Spirituality is a personal search for meaning in life, for connection with all things and for the experience of a power beyond oneself.  This day of reflection and support will allow us all to express and discuss the importance of spirituality and Addiction Recovery. Shared experiences and mutual respect for each other will allow this day to take us on a journey.

February 15th. With Mr Sean Harty.

Sean Harty is an Accredited Addiction Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with Addiction Counsellors of Ireland. He is also serving as Chairperson of this organisation for the past four years. Sean is a graduate of NUIG and LIT Limerick. He is an advocate for all mental health services and engages with Government to have the best services possible for those who require professional help.


 Soul Keeping: A Day on Flourishing for People in Christian Ministry

With Bishop Ken and Ms Helen Clarke.

Tired…over-busy…feeling dry…exhausted??  This is the day for you. Bishop Ken and Helen Clarke will lead us in a day of reflection and refreshment. They will explore the theme of ‘Soul Keeping.’ It will be biblically based, immensely practical and life related.  If you minister in a Christian church, in ordained or lay ministry, do consider coming along to this day of nourishment.

February 18th, 10.30am – 4.00pm Cost €40 (waged) including lunch. Booking, enquiries 071-966-4101.

Bishop Ken Clarke grew up in the same town as Rory McIlroy…. Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.  Helen grew up in Cork. They have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Helen’s passion is to encourage younger leaders in their own spiritual growth and development.   Legacy is very important to her, not least in seeking to be a blessing to the 5 grandchildren. She loves to spend time with family & friends. Bishop Ken was Bishop of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh for 12 years. He has led missions and preached at Conferences and Conventions in different parts of the world. Whenever possible Helen and Bishop Ken love to walk, to enjoy sun and sea and time to read.

Lent Retreat

February 29th, with Ms Carol Barry.  Details to follow.


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

Saturday, April 4th, with Ms Ann Charlton, chaplain of the Rotunda Hospital.

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.

Who Is Jesus? : Who do you say that I am? 

An exploration over four Wednesday evenings with Vince Murray.  7.30-9.30pm including tea. €5

  • April 22nd
  • April 29th
  • May 6th
  • May 13th

These four evenings will help participants to come to their own response to this question by exploring the ideas of some contemporary Christian thinkers, including Jose Pagola, Peter McVerry, Daniel O’Leary and Cynthia Bourgeault. These theologians, in their different ways, relate the life and teaching of Jesus to the spiritual journey of Christians today.

Vince Murray is the retired Director of Religious Education at St Angela’s College, Sligo.  He has journeyed a deepening and widening spiritual path and has in recent years increased in awareness of the presence of God in all human experience. He hopes that this course will awaken in participants an awareness of Jesus’ message of the divine beauty within us all.

Pentecost Retreat

May 23rd, with Sr Finola Cunnane. Details to follow.

Regular Happenings at Galilee

Morning And Evening Prayer

All are welcome to join us for:

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

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.