Retreats | Sabbaticals | Silence | Solitude | Ireland

A retreat centre where people of all faiths can immerse themselves in silence, solitude, and beauty along the west coast of Ireland.

Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage

UPDATES, EVENTS & THOUGHTS FROM THE COMMUNITY

March 28th Celebration

We would like to invite you to join us for a day of celebration and recollection in honor of St. Teresa’s birthday.  March 28th is the 500th anniversary of the birthday of St. Teresa of Avila, foundress of the Carmelite nuns and even of friars.  Since Holy Hill is a new expression of Carmel we have planned a celebration / day of recollection open to anyone interested.  One of the activities of the day will be to explore the possibility of forming a lay association connected to Holy Hill.  You are welcome to join us for any or all of the activities listed below.  We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 27th:

— Guests from far away arrive
— Soup available in kitchen
— 7:30 pm    Welcome/ Conference
The Spirit of Carmel – Br. Thomas Crutcher

Saturday, March 28th:

— 9:30 am      Coffee in Colorado Room
— 10:00 am    Lauds in Chapel
St. Teresa – Sr. Cecilia McGowan
Free time for lunch, visiting, prayers, walks (bring your own lunch)
— 1:00 pm      Experiencing St. Teresa’s Prayer of
Recollection (20 mins.)
— 1:30 pm      Gathering to explore and discuss Holy Hill Friends of Carmel
Michelle Reineck, Sr. Patricia McGowan, Mary J. O’Dwyer
(flexible, will break when needed and take quiet time for reflection, etc.)
— 4:00 pm    Closing in celebration of St. Teresa
Teresa’s Courage — Gillian Coxhead


A Taste of Holy Hill

This video was put together by Jess Mollison, one of the participants in the Young Adult Program this fall.  Enjoy the sights around Ireland and get a taste of life at Holy Hill.  Click on the photo to the right to open the video.


Visiting Sunday (Open Day)

On the first Sunday of every month (except January) we celebrate a mass to which all are welcome to attend. Mass is at 12 noon and is followed by tea and coffee and a tour of our grounds for new visitors.


Friends of Carmel gathered on the Vigil of Pentecost

Gathering here for the vigil of Pentecost on Saturday, May 23rd was perfect since we could spend the day preparing to open ourselves all the more to the graces of the Holy Spirit. At Mass Fr. Matt Blake noted how at the end of Luke’s Acts, Paul is a prisoner in Rome.  And yet he has all the freedom he needs →


Vigil of Pentecost

Gathering here for the vigil of Pentecost was perfect since we could spend the day preparing to open ourselves all the more to the graces of the Holy Spirit. At Mass Fr. Matt Blake noted how at the end of Luke’s Acts, Paul is a prisoner in Rome.  And yet he has all the freedom he needs to preach and welcome →


He Went Up the Mountain

And He Went Up the Mountain: An experience of St. Teresa’s prayer of recollection from Friends of Carmel launch March 28th And he went up the mountain and he called to himself those whom he wanted and they came over to him. and he made twelve in order that they might be with him and in order that he might send them forth. Teresa:  “I tried as →


Family Day Sunday July 5

Everyone is invited to our annual Family Day Celebration on July 5. Mass will begin at noon, celebrated by Bishop John Fleming. That will be followed by Thomas’s barbequed hot dogs and sausages, music, face painting and games.


2015 Young Adult Program

  Our Young Adult Program this fall will be held from 1 October to 1 December.  If you'd like to come, fill out the application you'll find on the website.


June Open Sunday

Our next Open Sunday will be on June 7.  Mass will be at noon, followed by tea in Carrowcullen and a tour for anyone who would like it.