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Myross Wood House

Myross Wood is a Retreat and Spirituality Centre animated and led by a community of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. In our communion as brothers, we live our faith in the compassionate love of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God, Risen from the dead, the Anointed One. At the same time, we are sent into the world to proclaim the Good News of the love and kindness of God our Saviour and to bear witness to it in the whole of our lives.

As a Christian Sprituality centre, our focus is on the growth of the spiritual life of faith and loving trust in God. This involves issues of human development, opening the heart to self-knowledge and integration of all life's resources for living and loving relationships with others and with God. It also involves issues of healing through forgiveness, letting go things that do not help and being reconciled with others. The fruit of this journey is a deeper peace and joy, and a greater capacity for engaging with life.

We welcome all those who come here in search of a deeper life of prayer, of faith and loving communion with God, and a greater freedom of heart for engaging with others in everyday life. Even though we are not in a position to offer residential accomodation to large groups of people, there is always the possibility for individuals or a few people to come and enjoy the peace and beauty of Myross Wood. Please feel free to come and walk in the gardens and in the woods. We will continue with all the day and evening activities of the Retreat Centre.

Various Events

Various Events and Courses

Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

This novena normally takes place in the days leading up to the feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8th September. We celebrate it this year in the days leading up to the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December, remembering the two young priests who made this novena ending on the same feastday, the foundation day of our "Little Society", the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, on 8th December 1854.

Advent Retreat

In preparation for Christmas, an afternoon of reflection and prayer will be held, with participation of the St Joseph's Young Priests' Society, the Legion of Mary, the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, and any others who wish to take part, on Sunday, 15th December, beginning at 2.30 pm. We will follow the usual format of a short talk, an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation, and Eucharist.

Our Christmas Programme is as follows:


Tuesday, 24th December, 9.00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Mass

Wednesday, 25th December, 10.00 a.m.

Christmas Day Mass

Wednesday, 1st January, 10.00 a.m.

World Day of Peace

Feast of Mary, Holy Mother of God

The Community of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart wish you joy, peace and happiness

at Christmas and throughout the New Year


Youth Retreats

Retreats for young people at primary and secondary school level are facilitated here by a team of young people, called NET (New Evangelization Teams), and other faithful members of the surrounding parishes.

Days of Quiet Retreat

We offer the possibility to individuals and small family groups to enjoy a few days of quiet retreat and relaxation in our house and grounds.

The Liturgy

We celebrate the liturgy during the course of the year, in all the variety of the seasons. The Eucharist celebrated daily at 10.00 a.m. attracts a variety of people. We like to make the most of the liturgy, which is the great source of nourishment in the faith of the people of God. It helps them grow in their understanding and joyful commitment to God and to the world. They bring their own intentions, their own reasons for praying, and we invite them to take an active part in the daily and weekly liturgy, also giving special recognition to the mysteries that unfold during the course of the year.

Adult Education in the Faith

Scripture reading and sharing continues on Mondays at 7.30 p.m. We are studying the Gospel according to St. Luke this year.

Cultural and Recreational Activities

Various groups of people come together to further their interests, either on a regular way or on occasion. The GROW organization, which promotes the mental and emotional health of its members, meets here every Thursday night at 8.00. A Prayer Group, interested in practicing the John Main meditation method, meets on Monday night at 8.00. The Actively Retired Group of Castlehaven Parish, animated by a parish committee, holds a congenial meeting every second Thursday afternoon. 

Contact details for Myross Wood can be found elsewhere on this website.