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World Day of the Poor 2022

Sunday 13th November 2022 marks the 6thAnnual World Day of the Poor (WDP).

The theme for this day is: For your sakes Christ became poor. (2 Cor 8:9). With these words, the Apostle Paul addresses the first Christians of Corinth to encourage their efforts to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters in need.

World Day of the Poor comes this year as a healthy challenge, helping us to reflect on our style of life and on the many forms of poverty all around us. In his message for 2022, Pope Francis has emphasised a faith leading to action. He particularly highlights that need for our world to be in solidarity with those marginalised because of forced migration.

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


  • To promote World Day of the Poor, download a poster here and put in the church porch or a public/work place noticeboard.
    Download the poster (PDF)
  • To view a PowerPoint with three short length videos which speaks to the experience of the poor in our local and global society, click here
    View the presentation (PPTX)
  • To view the PowerPointas an MP4 click 2022 WDP video.mp4
    View the video (Vimeo)
  • For further information, download the 4-page Spiritan Resource.
    Download here

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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