Featured Events

Bereavement Nov 3 10 am - Nov 4 2pm

Bereavement Reflection : Facilitated by Sr Una Boland, LCM A reflective time to ponder life's struggles, doubts, questions, loss and grief. This time is for you - to begin again the healing process. Facilitated by Sr. Una Boland,LCM

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UPCOMING EVENTS

30/11/18 - 02/12/18

Advent Retreat - Heralds of the Dawn Facilitated by Rev. Ruth Patterson

09/03/19

Developing Prayer Through Creative Expression : Facilitated by Florence Heyhoe (textile artist and spiritual director)

16/03/19

Lenten Retreat Day

30/03/19

Lenten Retreat Day

17/04/19 - 21/04/19

Holy Week Retreat

05/05/19 - 09/05/19

Archdiocese of Armagh Retreat

05/05/19 - 09/05/19

Diocese of Derry Retreat

10/05/19 - 12/04/19

Awareness and Mindful Retreat led by Martina Lehane Sheehan and Patrick Sheehan

21/05/19

eveloping Prayer Through Creative Expression : Facilitated by Florence Heyhoe (textile artist and spiritual director)

27/05/19 - 01/06/19

Where Does The Jesus Story Begin? Led by Fr Denis McBride, CSsR

02/06/19 - 06/06/19

Diocese of Clogher Retreat

10/06/19 - 16/06/19

Silent Preached Retreat : "Mystics, Martyrs and Poets" Led by Fr Brendan Comerford, SJ

10/06/19 - 16/06/19

6 Day Directed Retreat - Directors Frank Downes, OP and Mary Connellan, SSL

17/06/19 - 21/06/19

Diocese of Kilmore Retreat

17/06/19 - 21/06/19

Diocese of Dromore Retreat

22/06/19

Forgiveness: The Journey From Hurt To Healing, Freedom And Peace. Facilitated by Des Corrigan, SMA

23/06/19 - 27/06/19

SMA Retreat

02/09/19 - 08/09/19

Silent Preached Retreat: "The One Who Has Compassion On Them Will Guide Them To Springs Of Water" (IS 49:10) led by Fr Mike Serrage, MSC

02/09/19 - 08/09/19

6 Day Directed Retreat - Directors : Dermot Mansfield, SJ and Des Corrigan, SMA

02/09/19 - 06/09/19

4 Day Directed Retreat - Directors : Dermot Mansfield, SJ and Des Corrigan, SMA

10/09/19 - 13/09/19

Workshop - Hooked: Pastoral And Personal Challenges Of Living In A Digital World - Fr Hugh Lagan, SMA. Psy.D.

25/09/19

Developing Prayer Through Creative Expression : Facilitated by Florence Heyhoe (textile artist and spiritual director)

28/09/19

Lectio Divina : Fr Joseph Ralph, OP

04/10/19 - 10/10/19

Parables To Ponder And Practise, led by Fr Gerard McCarthy, SVD

19/10/19

The Green Platform: Simply Life - Changing. Facilitated by Mr Declan Coyle

09/11/19

Finding God In The Mess - Facilitated by Fr Brendan McManus, SJ and Jim Deeds

06/12/19 - 08/12/19

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

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.