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Advent Retreat - Waiting For The Lord - led by Fr Pat Kelly, SMA, Friday 6th (6pm) to Sunday 8th (2pm) December 2019

Advent Retreat - Waiting For The Lord - led by Fr Pat Kelly, SMA "They Who Wait For The Lord Shall Renew Their Strength." IS. 40:31

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UPCOMING EVENTS

06/12/19 - 08/12/19

Advent Retreat - Waiting For The Lord, led by Fr Pat Kelly, SMA

15/02/20

Introduction to Focusing - led by Fr. Adrian Farrelly, O.P

14/03/20

Lenten Retreat Day - led by Fr Damian Bresnahan, SMA

28/03/20

Lenten Retreat Day led by Fr John Gallagher, SMA

08/04/20 - 12/04/20

Holy Week Retreat

19/04/20 - 26/04/20

Our Lady of Charity Of Good Shepherd Sisters - Chapter

26/04/20 - 30/04/20

Archdiocese of Armagh - Clergy Retreat

02/05/20

Spirituality Of The Heart As A Pathway To Acceptance Of self And others - led by Fr. Joe McGee, MSC

03/05/20 - 07/05/20

Diocese of Derry - Clergy Retreat

22/05/20 - 28/05/20

6 Day Silent Preached Retreat - Listening For The Divine Whisper led by Rev. Ruth Patterson

22/05/20 - 28/05/20

6 Day Directed Retreat with Fr. Frank Downes, OP and Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA

22/05/20 - 26/05/20

4 Day Directed Retreat with Fr. Frank Downes, OP and Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA

31/05/20 - 04/06/20

Diocese of Clogher - Clergy Retreat

08/06/20 - 13/06/20

Silent Preached Retreat: Jesus - An Unfinished Portrait led by Fr. Denis McBride, CSsR

15/06/20 - 19/06/20

Diocese of Kilmore - Clergy Retreat

15/06/20 - 19/06/20

Diocese of Dromore - Clergy Retreat

21/06/20 - 26/06/20

Franciscan Friars - Chapter

28/06/20 - 02/07/20

SMA Retreat

03/07/20 - 05/07/20

SMA Summer School

05/07/20 - 13/07/20

Sisters Of St Clare - Chapter

14/07/20 - 19/07/20

Daughters of Charity - Province Assembly

01/09/20 - 07/09/20

6 Day Silent Preached Retreat: Growing In Years, Peace and Contentment; A Spirituality of Ageing - led by Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA

01/09/20 - 07/09/20

6 Day Directed Retreat with SR. Mary Connellan, SSL and Fr. Dermot Mansfield, SJ

12/09/20 - 13/09/20

Friends of SMA Retreat

20/09/20 - 24/09/20

Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin - Clergy Retreat

23/09/20 - 01/10/20

Novena In Honour Of St Therese Of The Child Jesus, Patroness Of The Missions

26/09/20 - 27/09/20

The Wonder Of Creation: Our Common Home. Privilege and Responsibility. Led by Sr Nellie McLoughlin, RSM

02/10/20 - 08/10/20

6 Day Silent Preached Retreat: Praying With The Psalms - led by Fr. Gerard McCarthy, SVD

17/10/20

Renew-Refresh-Revive with Ms. Briege O'Hare

14/11/20

Loss and Recovery with Fr. Jim Cogley

04/12/20 - 06/12/20

Advent Retreat - Advent: 'The Other Purple Time In The Church's Year' led by Sr. Anne Morris, DHS

History

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Dromantine Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The history of Dromantine estate dates back to the middle ages. The ancient Irish clan of Magennis dominated most of South County Down from the 14th - 17th century and owned vast tracts of land in that area, including what is now Dromantine Estate. Following the political upheavals of the early 17th c. one of the Magennis clansmen, Murtagh, became the owner of an estate of 4200 acres within the precinct of Clanagan

In 1741 the Manor of Clanagan passed from Magennis ownership to that of a Scottish Family called Innes. In 1806 Arthur Innes built the original part of the existing house in Neo-classical style. When he died in 1820 he left a magnificent house within a beautifully landscaped demesne complete with a newly formed lake. His grandson, Arthur Charles Innes, became the owner of the property and in the 1860s extended the original house (now called Dromantine House) making it even more stately and imposing.

In the early 20th c. the fortunes of the Innes family waned and they decided to dispose of Dromantine.

At the same time the Society of African Missions (SMA) which was based in Cork was looking for a suitable property in which to prepare their students for missionary work in Africa. Under the guidance of Fr. Maurice Slattery the SMA bought Dromantine House and the 320 acre estate in 1926. It was their seminary until 1972 and during these years about 600 young men were ordained priests and went from Dromantine as missionaries to Africa.

Several extensions were added to accommodate the growing number of students. Paying special attention to a harmonious blend with the original architecture, work on St. Patrick's wing on the east side commenced in November 1931. St. Brendan's wing on the west side was built in 1935 and a new Chapel, which was added to the end of this wing, was consecrated by Bishop Mulhern on 18th May 1937. St. Colman's wing with 62 study-bedrooms for students and a new assembly / lecture hall were opened in 1959.

In 1996 the SMA decided to carry out major renovations and refurbishments in order to update the buildings and make them suitable for a modern Retreat and Conference Centre. When these were completed, a 21st century, comfortable and well equipped Retreat and Conference Centre was reopened in 2001.

In 2004 the original 19th century courtyard building was sensitively and completely renovated to provide additional conference rooms and facilities. The recently built "African Link" connects the main conference centre with the new facilities in the courtyard. It contains a display of beautiful African carvings and art which celebrate the skills of African artists from areas where the SMA work - highlighting the strong historical and present day links between Dromantine and Africa.