Lectio Divina Advent Retreat with Marie McStay in Portglenone, Sat 29 November

simple_img_5This Saturday 29 November Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone will host a Lectio Divina Advent Retreat, ‘Weaving the Word,’ with Marie McStay.

I attended a similar workshop with McStay several years ago in Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, and found it fascinating and insightful. The advent season is a perfect time to explore how we can all slow down and savour scripture in the way that this method of reading encourages us to do. As McStay writes:

As the season of Advent approaches, our thoughts turn towards the mystery of the Virgin Birth. In this deep, dark month, we await the dawning of a New Light, a New Way. ‘Weaving the Word’ gives you the opportunity to consider parallels between this season and your own life. And with new insights through God’s love, you can enjoy and renew your life.


McStay has provided further information about the retreat:


This one day retreat workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to step aside from the demands of day to day and to reflect on the significance of The Word in and for your inner growth and prayer life.

Lectio Divina

The ancient Christian practice of ‘Lectio Divina’ or ‘Sacred Reading’ is a rich and intimate prayer form. The techniques for Lectio Divina are simple. The rewards for your efforts are great as you grow in the art of Lectio.

What’s involved:

On the day you will:

  • look at the techniques which have been handed down through the ages;
  • learn the simple steps for distinguishing The Word spoken to you;
  • develop mindfulness;
  • interpret its meaning for your personal circumstances;
  • be empowered to pray for the courage to answer the call
    of that Word.

About the Retreat workshop Facilitator:

Marie McStay BA; LGSM
Marie is a Personal Development specialist. She designs and delivers Workshops and Training Programmes in developing potential. She facilitates staff team building and leadership. She has worked across Ireland, UK and in Europe and records audio material for relaxation and visualisation. She contributes to BBC Radio Ulster. Marie is a secular oblate of Holy Cross Monastery, Rostrevor

Join us for the day.

The cost of the Retreat day includes handouts, refreshments and light lunch. You will have some time for reflection in the grounds of the Abbey.
If you would like to extend your Retreat experience to stay overnight into Sunday for further quiet time, a limited number of places are available in the guest house.
DAY ATTENDANCE ONLY per person: £40
DAY ATTENDANCE with overnight stay: per person: £75
To reserve your place contact:
Marie McStay.
E: insight@mariemcstay.com
M: 07833 393 491
A one day Retreat
Saturday 29th November, 2014.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey,
11, Ballymena Road,

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