Events 2021:

We at Galilee are putting your safety first. We are and will remain  up to date with all COVID safety requirements.  The Centre is currently closed.  Do check out our online programme below and materials in ‘Online Programme,’  (hover under Programme). Payments are now online by debit/credit card and can be made through ‘Make a Payment.’ You can also send a cheque.


In the Age of the Spirit.

Online Series for Eastertide: Tuesdays, 7.30-9,00pm. €5. All welcome.


April 20th: Rev Dr Ruth Patterson OBE

‘The Beloved Community – An Endangered Species?’

Ruth Patterson is a Presbyterian minister, and since 1988 has been Director of Restoration Ministries, a non-denominational, Christian organisation committed to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Ruth was the first woman to be ordained as a minister in Ireland. She has authored four books and numerous articles stemming from her commitment to unity and peace.


April 27th: Bishop Paul Dempsey

The Contemporary Irish Church – A Church of Crisis or Opportunity?

A native of Carlow, Paul was ordained for the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in 1997.  He has worked in parish ministry, mainly in large urban settings.  He was Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry and Vocations for a number of years, and worked in the area of communications, both local print media, and local radio. He was ordained Bishop of Achonry in January 2020.


May 4th: Dr Cathriona Russell

Practicing paradise: ‘to be inventive, interpret reality and create art’ (Laudato Sí, 81)

Cathriona teaches in the School of Religion, Trinity College.   Her focus is on creation theology, environmental ethics, and bioethics.  She studied and worked in horticulture for ten years.


May 11th: Rev Dr Patsy Kelly MSC

‘The Disciple whom Jesus Loved’: Beloved Discipleship as the Root of our Transformation.

Patsy Kelly is a Missionary of the Sacred Heart and that is his fundamental identity. He has been privileged to do an in-depth study of the works of Teilhard de Chardin and has been led to engage more and more with the Bible as foundational for all Christian endeavours. His current ministry is to spread the Word of God through retreat work, spiritual direction and lecturing.



Active Hope Cycle 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’.

Booking . Sessions 5: Wednesday May 12th. 7.30pm (via Zoom). Cost €10 per session.


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.

May 26th, 7.30-9.00pm. €5.  All Welcome.

Mary & Ian are a husband and wife team. They each have experience in secondary and adult education and have been involved in retreat teams with teenagers and adults and worked in spirituality, human development, counselling and facilitation for many years in the UK. Both have had an extensive involvement with the Society of Mary (Marists) as religious and currently as lay members.



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…

Herb and Flower Growing for Healthy Living – Gardening for Everyone.

With Richard Kennedy

This series – interrupted in March 2020 – will be relaxed, fun and practical – with time for planting and growing.

Summertime and outside – dates tbc and restrictions permitting.

Richard Kennedy is both a gardening expert and owner or Courtdale Horticulture, and a Christian lay minister. He will combine these roles to lead us in a Lenten journey of discovery in the world of gardening and spirituality.


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.




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.