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2024 Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), in collaboration with the IrishEpiscopal Conference, is delighted to announce that once again we are offering the Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers, through the Spiritan Mission Ireland office. This course has been instrumental in recent years in helping overseas personnel adapt to the challenges and nuances of ministry in Ireland.

Buildingon the positive feedback from previous participants and fruitful discussions with stakeholders, we're excited to present the programme to you. As in previous years, the course will run at the end of August and the beginning of September. The residential aspect of the programme remains unchanged, as it hasproven highly beneficial for participants.

The upcoming course is scheduled for two weeks, from August 26th to 30th and from September 2nd to 6th, 2024, inclusive. It willbe held at 'An Tobar' Spiritan Retreat and Spirituality Centre, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath.

We believe that the residential format fosters deeper engagement with the course content and is less disruptive to participants' current pastoral responsibilities. To ensure the effectiveness of the programme, we plan for an engagement with a minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 15. This will enable optimal participant engagement using an Adult Education methodology.

For detailed information on content, cost and the application process, interested participants are encouraged to contact me by email: ronan.barry@spiritanplt.ie or phone: 0879419826 (WhatsApp) for application details.

For more details, please download the Brochure.

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30th 2024.

Shouldyou have any queries or require further information about the programme, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Ronan Barry
Course Coordinator

Download our Brochure here (PDF)

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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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