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CEIST Holy Week Retreat Glendalough Wicklow 17 – 19 April 2011

On Passion Sunday teachers from CEIST schools North, South, East and West made their way to the Tearmann Spirituality Centre in Glendalough, looking forward to making time for reflection and prayer.

The retreat was directed by Fr. Michael Rodgers, now in his nineteenth year doing this great work. He was assisted by Sr. Breda Ahearne C.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Valley of the Saints’ looked simply amazing in the brilliant sunshine, bringing to mind the words of Teilhard de Chardin, ‘Divine radiating from blazing matter’.

The teacher-pilgrims were furnished with a journal, a staff and a collection of poetry to aid their journey into the inner landscape of their hearts.

Fr. Michael called on Irish mystics such as Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Kennelly and Seamus Heaney, to name but a few, in addition to St. Kevin himself as he opened door after door into the sacred.

 

 

Teachers truly enjoyed every moment together and CEIST is delighted to have been able to facilitate the opportunity for them to take the time out to deepen their spiritual selves.

They will return to their respective schools up-lifted and spiritually fortified for the last term. Many have already signed up for next year’s retreat!

The staff at CEIST wish all our teachers a very happy and holy Easter.