3rd-8th July 2018

Cistercian College, Roscrea


Our theme for 2018 was “Come To Me” taken from Matthew 11:28-29.

This is one of the most beloved passages in the New Testament. In it we see Jesus summaries the invitation to discipleship that characterised his earthly ministry, an invitation to all who need him, and an unconditioned promise of welcome. In this passage Jesus is addressing the people of Israel who were burdened and weighed down with the externalism and the legal do’s and don’ts of the Pharisees, and with the consequences—the guilt, frustration, and dissatisfaction that always goes along with it. Yet it is in the midst of all this that we are given the invitation to to experience the relief, joy, and the blessings of Christ’s life through a grace/faith relationship with him. This is an invitation aimed at all, at the curious and at the convinced to bring them to a place of a deeper level of commitment in which they are to take His yoke and learn from him as committed disciples.

During the course we will explore what this invitation means to us.


Sr Karen Kent

Wednesday 4th July along with our music sessions and workshops from team members we will have 2 guests joining us.
Sr Karen Kent OSU is coordinator or Pastoral Development for Cork and Ross Diocese. Her latest book published by Veritas ’55 Ways to Connect with Families in your Parish’ is a fantastic resource for the Liturgical Year. She will lead us in morning prayer and later will provide us with an input on preparing Liturgies.

Steve Warner

Steve Warner is the associate director of the Notre Dame – Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, housed at University Church on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. He is the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. He served as a member of Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry for thirty-five years. His sacred music compositions are published by World Library of Chicago. He will be teaching us some of that music.

Bernard Sexton

On Thursday 5th July we are joined by guest composer Bernard Sexton who has been working in the area of sacred and choral music for the past twenty five years. A graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin , many of his compositions have been published in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012, Bernard was commissioned to write the theme song, Though We Are Many, for the International Eucharistic Congress which was held in Dublin; this hymn has become an established part of the repertoire of choirs world wide. Bernard is a music educator and directs a multi-award winning chamber choir, Anima, which specializes in a cappella sacred music. He is currently music director for the new primary school religion programme ,Grow in Love, published by Veritas, Ireland.

IN CONCERT with James Kilbane

As always we have our Music Ministry Together Concert on Friday night 6th July in the College Chapel. This year we are delighted to be joined by James Kilbane.
James Kilbane is now a multi-platinum selling Christian, gospel, Celtic country and Irish folk singer. James Kilbane was the runner up in Ireland’s national talent television show You’re A Star in 2003 / 2004. Since then he has established his career with his mix of gospel, Christian, country and folk music.
He will share with us during the day how he manages being a music minister and a professional singer and how his faith sustains his ministry.
All welcome to join us for this very special concert where Music Ministry Together participants will share some of the music they have learned during the week and will join with James for a few of his chosen pieces.

The concert is free to attend and a donation collection towards the cost will be made.

OLV Gospel Choir

There will be no time for a nap on Saturday 7th July. We will be joined by members of the OLV Gospel choir who have just celebrated their 10th anniversary and launched an album. Their director is none other than our team member Ciaran Coll.
As we bring our week of learning and prayer and community to a close we will celebrate our time together at night prayer as we take forth God’s invitation to others in our communities and families.