Parish Evenings & Parish Retreats


Parish Retreat Evenings at St Kieran’s College
These retreat evenings for parish groups will begin during Advent this year and we will continue to host them throughout the year until Easter.  The theme for this coming year will be “You are my Family” (For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mt 12:50)).  An evening of prayer and reflection in St Kieran’s College from 7pm – 9.30pm for any parish groups.

Communion and Confirmation Parent Retreats
A short mini-retreat, around the World Meeting of Families theme, “You are my Family” to be hosted in your local parish Church for parents of Communion or Confirmation children. This mini-retreat, a short gathering of c. 45 mins, would be an opportunity for those parents to come together as they journey towards the celebration of the sacraments with their children.

Nursing Home Retreats
Retreat evenings in nursing homes around our diocese. The Adult Faith Development Group will be writing to all nursing homes in Ossory to offer retreat evenings for those people living there and their families/visitors. A evening of music, traditional prayers and reflections and an opportunity to celebrate our faith together will be offered to these homes.


St Kieran’s College became home to the Parish Retreat Evenings last year. They were a great success and all involved enjoyed their time with us here.

Work has taken place with the Diocesan Retreat Team to prepare these evenings again for this coming year. The theme will be “You stay with us on the Journey” and it will explore in prayer and reflection the Gospel story of the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24). These evenings are to be run throughout Lent, the first of which will be on Ash Wednesday, 1st March.

If you are interested in booking your parish evening contact the AFD office at 056 7743624 or email for further information.

Download the Retreat Leaflet 2017 here.

View available dates here.

Ossory Diocesan Office James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: