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Autumn 2024 Orientation Course is FULL.

Applications for The Autumn 2024 Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers have now closed and the course is full.
The fully residential course, over 10 working days in two 1-week blocks, is crafted by Spiritan Mission Ireland (SMI) and is designed to prepare newcomers to pastoral ministry in Ireland for effective ministry in both parish and congregational settings.

Themes covered include:
- Acculturation, Communication and Collaboration
- Ministry in Ireland
- Ministry in Action
- Introduction to the Margins in Irish Society
- Safeguarding (a 2-day NBSCCI-certified module).

Expressions of interest to hello@spiritan.ie in participating in a Spring 2025 course are now welcome.

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.

Spiritan Mission Ireland

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Visit of Fr. Chika Onyejiuwa C.S.Sp., Director of Kibanda
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

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