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.


Fall Young Adult Program

We will have a young adult program at Holy Hill from Oct. 8-Dec. 14. If you are interested in joining us, send us a copy of the application you'll find on this website.


Family Day at Holy Hill

Everyone--but especially families--are invited to join us on Sunday July 6 for a mass celebrated by Bishop John Fleming at noon, followed by games, music, and food served in the back courtyard. We hope we'll see you there.


Spring at Holy Hill

Our next visiting Sunday is April 6. Mass will begin at noon, and will followed by tea in Carrowcullen and a tour for anyone who is interested. Fr. John Coughlin will be at Holy Hill for the Triduum. We will have mass at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, Good Friday services at 3 p.m., and our Easter vigil at →


Holy Week and Easter

We'd like to extend a sincere 'thank you' to  Fr John Udris who was our main celebrant for all our Holy Week and Easter ceremonies here at Holy Hill.  On Good Friday, outdoor Stations began at 3pm and the weather was unbelievably supportive!  Easter Sunrise Service began in the back courtyard at 5am.  As the  time also changed →


Young Adult Program

We had a successful young adult program in Crestone during November, 2012.  However, during the community meetings that followed, we decided that Ceil would stay in Crestone during 2013.  That means we will not be able to have a program this spring at Holy Hill.  We are not sure when or where the next program will be--we will post that →