09. Lough Derg Retreat ~ 2015


On a very wet and blustery September day, a number of parishioners joined parishioners from Portaferry, Newtownards and Saintfield on Saturday 12th September, for the annual one day retreat to St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, Co Donegal.

Almost 400 pilgrims braved the elements to complete the spiritual exercises on the island which concluded with Mass in St Patrick’s Basilica. Mass was concelebrated by local priests and those priests who were on retreat along with the Prior, Fr Owen McEneaney, and the ceremony was enhanced by the music and singing provided by the Youth Choir of St Mary’s Church, Bellaghy, Co Derry.

Thankfully, when it was time to get the boats back to the mainland, the rain had stopped and the sun shone for the journey home.