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Celebrating our Founder, Francis Libermann

Venerable Francis Libermann embarked on an extraordinary faith journey. Born in 1802 into an orthodox Jewish family in France's Alsace region and given the name Jacob, he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a rabbi. However, his pathtook an unexpected turn when his studies led him to the New Testament and Christianity. At Christmas 1826, he was baptized Francis Mary Paul.

Delayed by illness,his pursuit of the Catholic priesthood took a total of no less than fifteenyears. He was finally ordained in 1841. The years leadingto his ordination served as a period of grace and maturation for him. He becamea trusted advisor to many seminarians and others seeking spiritual growth.Through his own trials, and joys, he developed unwavering confidence and aprofound belief that the Holy Spirit was guiding human affairs.

Libermann's concept of "practical union with God" empowered him and others to recognize the divine in everyday life, facing challenges with confidence and faith.

His spirituality, rooted in responsiveness to the Spirit, proved invaluable during the development of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as obtaining official approval from Rome for their apostolate to people of the margins.

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7th World Day of the Poor 2023

Sunday 19th November 2023 marks the 7thAnnual World Day of the Poor (WDP).

The theme for World Day of the Poor 2023 is from the Book of Tobit: “Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor.” (Tob 4:7). “When we encounter a poor person, we cannot look away, for that would prevent us from encountering the face of the Lord Jesus,” Pope Francis wrote.

In his message for the World Day of the Poor 2023 Pope Francis listed an array of cultural phenomena that prevent people from caring for the poor: greater pressure to live affluently, a tendency to disregard suffering, virtual reality overtaking real life and a sense of haste that prevents people from stopping to care for others. He offered the parable of the Good Samaritan, who stops to help a man in the street beaten by robbers, to counter the hangups many people have against helping the poor.

The parable “is not simply a story from the past; it continues to challenge each of us in the here and now of our daily lives,” he said. “It is easy to delegate charity to others, yet the calling of every Christian is to become personally involved.”

Pope Francis’ full message is available here from the Vatican website.


  • To promote World Day of the Poor, download the 4 page flyer here for yourself or put in the church porch or a public/work place noticeboard.
    Download the 2023 4 page flyer (PDF)
  • For further information, download the 20-page Spiritan Resource.
    Download here

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Libermann School Gates

Libermann Spiritan School, Templeogue

Fr Alain (fourth from left) with (L-R) St Mary’s College community members: Fr Abraham Jov, Fr Maxwell Atuguba, Fr Crispin Mbumba, Bro Ignatius Curry and Fr Martin Andama
Floods in Kenya
L-R: Crispin, Abraham and Maxwell
Orientation Course N° 5 for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers
Spirasi House
Attending the annual summit of The Wheel

Celebrating the Feast Day of Claude Poullart des Places

Founder of the Spiritans

October 2nd 2020

An Tobar Spiritan Retreat Ardbraccan

Accommodation at An Tobar

We have 17 en-suite bedrooms 13 single and 4 twin rooms. We supply bedlinen and towels in all rooms and hair dryer and iron on request. Houses are non-smoking, but there is a designated smoking area.

The chapel at An Tobar Ardbraccan

Retreats & Workshops at An Tobar

Workshops at An Tobar focus on wellbeing (meditation, mindfulness, ecology and holistic living etc.). Retreats focus on spiritual accompaniment, school retreats, and prayer and spirituality.

The Navan Community

The Spiritan Community Ardbraccan, Navan

Every Sunday the Spiritan Community celebrate a reflective Eucharist at 10:30am - all are welcome. There are also ritual celebrations at key moments in the Liturgical year and in the cosmic cycle.

Nature's healing / Sustainable ecological living

An Tobar regularly offers ecology focused workshops and courses. As well as this, groups/individuals can expect to find welcome, hospitality and healing & hope in our beautiful woodlands & walkways.

An Tobar is the Retreat & Spirituality Centre of the Irish Spiritan Province. It is located in Ardbraccan near Navan where the novitiate for Spiritan Brothers was based in the 1950s / ’60s and where the Province maintained a working farm for many years. Today the grounds form a pleasant backdrop to the Centre which is overseen by a small Spiritan community and team.

The Centre, which has been operational since the 1980s, offers:

  • A way of life, open to the Spirit and centred on the Word of God with an established rhythm of prayer;
  • Reflective Sunday Eucharist to which all are welcome;
  • An opportunity to reflect on one’s faith journey in an environment that fosters justice, peace, sustainable living and care of the earth;
  • Celebrations at key moments in the Liturgical Year and in the cosmic cycle;
  • Welcome & a hospitable space for fellow pilgrims, healing & reconciliation, hope & unity;
  • A spiral of belonging – people participate in the community according to their particular calling, inclination and time.

Click here for full details on An Tobar