Welcome to Heart of Life (photo credit: Clotilde de Maroussem ibvm)

Heart of Life is a spirituality centre offering:

• Siloam – full-time and part-time spiritual direction formation
• Many workshops and seminars throughout the year on different themes - of a few hours, one day or multiple weeks
• Retreats, either inhouse or as Outreach programs
• Spiritual direction
• Individual or group supervision
• Professional and personal development for spiritual directors
• Pastoral formation
• A quiet sanctuary for prayer and reflection, set in beautiful surroundings
• Celebration of Mass weekly (Thursdays)

our vision

Heart of Life began in 1983 as an initiative of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart whose founder, Jules Chevalier, saw the formation and education of people in spirituality of the heart as the most important task of the Congregation. He saw this education and formation as a means to reform society and “to address the ills of the day”.

Our inspiration to follow the way of the heart stems from our belief in God’s inclusive love for all people, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This mysterious love moves in our lives and our world, inviting us to an authentic, grounded and deeply human way of being.

The way of the heart rests on a contemplative attitude and an authentic discernment that underpins all that we do at Heart of Life - in our seminars and workshops, our ministry formation programs and our professional commitment to spiritual direction. All of these activities are located in the place where the heart finds space to speak and to be heard.

We invite you to join us, as our hearts speak our truth, our longings, and our search for all that is real, true and good.

Heart of Life Spirituality Centre

To be attuned to the mysterious Other in the heart of all creation.

(Heart of Life) Values ...
the symphony of silence in each graced encounter;
the harmony of the universe in the divine and human embrace;
the contemplative capacity of the heart nestled within life’s experience.

The Mission of the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre is to enliven the divine spark in people’s hearts through contemplative formation.

our staff

Paul Beirne is Director, and the experienced Heart of Life formation team includes Carole Carmody rsm, Kathy Clark, Marlene McGrath, Kevin Messer, Sue Richardson pbvm, Kathleen Spokes sgs, Lis Teggelove rsm.

Many others are also involved in Heart of Life, including Anne Boyd, Janette Bredenoord, Rosalind Cairns, Chris Chaplin msc, Mary Coloe pbvm, Anne Henderson, Mark Kerrins, Peter Malone msc, Philip Malone msc, Therese Quinn rsj, Robyn Reynolds olsh, Cecilia Rogers and Wayne Stanhope o.carm. Cecilia Francisco-Tan looks after our office, and Brian Walker is our gardener.

eucharist and chapel

Heart of Life Chapel (photo credit: archive)  Eucharist at Heart of Life
weekly, Thursdays 12.40 pm
All welcome

Heart of Life chapel is open every day for prayer



Arrangements can be made for an off-site individually directed retreat with one of Heart of Life’s spiritual directors.
Please contact Paul Beirne.
The Cliffs, Shoreham (photo Credit: archive)As well, on-site retreats are available at The Cliffs Retreat in Shoreham, catered or self-catered.
Contact Brian Gallagher for details & bookings: 59898777

spiritual direction at Heart of Life

Heart of Life offers the ministry of Spiritual Direction: an ancient Christian practice in which seekers of God open their hearts to a trusted other, to grow in inner freedom and love.
For further information and initial interview, please contact Marlene McGrath at Heart of Life.