Retreats for 2019

See our Retreats page for a list of new retreats for 2019

January e-bulletin

“By opening yourself to God [during Centering prayer] you are implicitly praying for everyone past, present, and future. You are embracing the whole of creation.You are accepting all reality, beginning with God and with that part of your own reality of which you may not be generally aware, namely, the spiritual level of your being.”  Fr. […]

Photos from the Four Consents Retreat

New book by Brother Denis




This is a fresh look at essential Christian belief. It clears away obstacles to faith arising out of false assumptions, misconceptions of the Divine, outdated theology and inadequate views of Scripture and of morality. The basic image taken is that of Jesus calling Lazarus from the tomb and ordering him to be unbound so that he can renew his life. This book is for religious education teachers, parents, spiritual directors and parish groups.

Available from

An Introduction to Centering, Lectio and the Welcoming Prayer. Double CD

This audio CD is a very fine production which is both aimed at those who are beginners and advanced in Centering Prayer.

It’s rare to have three Contemplative practices all on one double CD. We hope that you are Blessed on your Spiritual Journey accompanied by  Sr Fionnuala and Br Denis.

Now available at Veritas and the shop at Christ Church Cathedral


With Denis Gleeson cfc and Fionnuala Quinn OP. Contemplative Outreach Dublin.

Waiting for the Light: Advent 2015. From the writings of Thomas Keating.

       Preparing for Christmas 2015.  From the writings of Thomas Keating



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All  things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be. What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the humand race. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1 – 5

                                 Come, Lord Jesus, Come.


 There is something wonderous and expectant about the very word ‘Advent.’ In the northern hemisphere, the weather is cold, sometimes bitterly so. There is no doubt that winter is in the air. The days are growing shorter, the darkness longer. The trees stand stark and and bare. All living things have dug their roots deep into the earth for sustenance and protection.The forest animals hibernate. People move inside out of the cold.

Just as nature moves deep inside, so too are we invited to turn inward during this blessed time of preparation for the Lord’s coming. This inner preparation , nourished by prayer, silence, scripture and the sacred music and rituals of the season, is essential if we are to celebrate in a manner worthy of the holy commenoration of our Lord’s birth.

Advent is a quiet, contemplative time of waiting for the Light, the Light who came to be the light of the whole human race. The Light through whom we are given life,  rescuing us from the great darkness and hopelessness and frentic rushing of this time. It is a very special season, indeed, linking the historical coming of the promised Messiah with the coming of Christ into our own hearts and the coming of Christ again at the end of time. It is a time to dig deeply into ourselves and feed the very essence of our being with the food of new life, renewed faith and enlivened hope.


imagesThe Eastern Christian tradition sees the Advent season as a time of waiting for the light that will first shine forth at Christmas and reach its peak on Epiphany, the feast of Ligths. This beautiful text of Isaiah is proclaimed during the liturgy of the season:

Rise up in splendor!

Your light has come,

the glory of the Lord shines upon you…

Upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears His glory.

Isaiah 60: 1 – 2

Photos from the Launch of the CD on Centering Prayer, The Welcoming Prayer and Lectio Divina at the Emmaus Retreat Centre.





Sr. Fionnuala Quinn OP, one of the narrators on the CD, addresses the assembled audience at the CD Launch.


Br. Denis Gleeson cfc  one of the narrators on the CD addresses the assembled audience at the CD Launch.


Rev’d Robert Lawson – MC at the recent Launch of the CD on Centering Prayer, The Welcoming Prayer and Lectio Divina at the Emmaus Retreat Centre.


Rev’d Garth Bunting – Residential Priest Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, Guest Speaker at the CD Launch.


L-R Rev’d Garth Bunting, Sr. Fionnuala Quinn OP and Br. Denis Gleeson cfc



A section of the audience at the recent CD Launch on Centering Prayer, The Welcoming Prayer and Lectio Divina