“Deep Listening”


Fr. Brendan O Rourke

Facilitator: Fr. Brendan O’Rourke CSsR

Brendan joined the Redemptorists in 1967, and completed his philosophy studies in Galway and his theology in Dublin. He studied in New York for ten years where he qualified as a Psychotherapist. He returned to Ireland in 1992 and has been involved in retreats to priests and religious, counselling, spiritual direction, teaching and parish missions and novenas. He spent three years as Rector of Clonard Monastery in Belfast, 5 years as Director of the Marianella Pastoral Centre in Dublin. In January 2011 Brendan was elected as Vicar to the Irish Provincial of the Redemptorists, and in the following April he was appointed as Rector of the Redemptorist Community, Esker. In January 2015 Brendan was re-appointed as Rector of Esker for a further four years.

“Understanding How to Listen” 

Date: Wednesday March 15th 

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

This is a refresher course in listening. We all know how to listen but we can get into bad habits! So we will take a look at how to communicate understanding. The difference between curiosity and interest, patience and boredom. 
How our own wounds and fears can impede good listening, but how they can also be a way of understanding more deeply. An invitation to listen to your body and spirit!


The Wisdom of Listening to Negative Feelings” 

Date: Wednesday March 22nd 

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

Carl Jung once said that our shadow, our darker self, is almost always pure gold! 
The so-called “negative” feelings usually contain a lot of wisdom for living.
But we need to learn to better unpack these gifts and use them well.


“Listening & Discovering the Wisdom of Death / Dying”

Date: Wednesday March 29th 

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

The psalmist prayed: “Teach me to number my days, O Lord, so that I may gain wisdom of heart”.  
Facing the reality that one day we are going to die, is a bit difficult, but the rewards are great! This is not a morbid session!!  It will probably involve a lot of laughter and fun. 
It will also help us to live life with more enthusiasm, let go of some unnecessary baggage, and maybe start some new chapter in our lives. 
We will learn how to listen to our friend, brother/sister death, so as to deal better with the issues of our lives.

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

Cost: €10 per night

Venue: Croi Nua Centre, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

Further Information if required: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. 

Phone: (091) 520960 

E-mail:  croinuacentre@eircom.net 

Website:  www.croinua.com

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