Life in the Spirit Seminars

A series of seven Life in the Spirit seminars will commence Wednesday 2nd March at 8pm. The seminars which are aimed at flaming the Spirit received at Baptism and Confirmation will be held at Damien Centre Oratory, Tanagh near Cootehill Co. Cavan. (Located on the Cootehill to Monaghan Road approximately 2 miles from Cootehill). For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Sr Teresa Francis Carr RIP 1921-2011

tessIt is with deep sadness we report the death of Sr Tess at her nursing home in South Dublin. A native of Liverpool who spent most of her working life in Epsom in Surrey, Tess was called home to the Lord on Sunday 13th February at the age of 90.

Funeral took place Wednesday 16th of February 2011 in the Sacred Heart Church, Sruleen, Clondalkin. May she rest in peace.

Confirmation Retreats from just €5

Now that the Confirmation season is upon us, why not consider a fun spirit-filled retreat for your school or parish group. We have a specially prepared retreat for this age group which deals in a creative fun way with the Sacrament of Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the importance of the day in their lives. The cost of this insitu retreat is between €6 and €10 per head depending on numbers. (Year groups of 60 or more €6 p/head)

Should you wish to make it really special we can offer a Confirmation Adventure Retreat at our centre near Cootehill from just €25 per head. To ensure you get your date book today contact +353 (0)49 5552245 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Fr Pat Bradley SS.CC. RIP

Fr Patrick J Bradley SS.CC.


pat2Father Patrick J Bradley, [aged 76] was called home to the Lord on Friday, 21st January 2011, at his community residence in Ranelagh, Dublin. He was buried in the community's grave at Palmerstown Cemetary on Wednesday 26th January after funeral mass in Sruleen Parish Clondalkin. Father Pat had suffered a bad fall over the Christmas period and had been in recovery.

He was born on 25th May 1934 to Patrick Bradley & Catherine Waters of Douglas Road, Cork. He was educated by the Christian Brothers in Cork City. He entered the Novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Cootehill, Co Cavan and made his first Profession on 2nd September 1953. Following his ordination on 29th June 1959, he was assigned to teach Theology at Sacred Hearts Seminary, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA. He returned to work in Ireland in 1964 serving as Director of Fr Damien Juniorate, Clones, Co Monaghan, before moving on to teach Philosophy at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1969. During the 1960’s and’70s Father Pat was very active in leading retreats throughout Ireland, especially to Religious Sisters. In 1977 he was elected Provincial of the Ireland-England Province of the Congregation before moving to Rome in 1982, following his election as Superior General. Having served twelve years with distinction in this office, in 1995 he became Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton, West London. His final appointment in 2001 was as Parish Priest to the Sacred Heart Parish, Sruleen, Clondalkin where he worked up until his retirement to Ranelagh in 2009.

Fr Pat throughout the course of his life dedicated his many gifts to the service of the Church and his Religious Congregation. He was insightful, inspirational and, above all, imbued with a profound sense of his life being guided by Divine Providence.

He will be deeply missed by his own family, his religious family and his many friends.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis”


Music Workshops in Cavan

rootedness1Damien Centre is starting a series of Music Workshops over the coming weeks, commencing Monday 31 Jan at 7pm-8.45pm.  The course leader is musician and songwriter Erin McQuaid, B.Mus, B.Ed.  The music workshops will cover such topics as chords and chording, vocal techniques and songwriting, music as ministry, contemporary Christian Music and jam sessions. cost of the workshops are €5 per head and include light refreshments.

Session 1 Mon 31 January 7pm-8.45pm

Session 2 Mon 7 February 7pm-8.45pm

No Session Mon 14 February as it is Valentine's Night

Session 3 Mon 21 February 7pm-8.45pm

Session 4 Mon 28 February 7pm-8.45pm

Session 5 Mon 7 March 7pm-8.45pm

Session 6 Mon 14 March 7pm-8.45pm

 For more information please contact Erin on 049 5552245 or on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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