Team

Paschal Gannon

Paschal comes from a farming background in the West of Ireland. In 2020, Choosing to answer a calling to take over as Director of the Centre, Paschal left behind a 35 year career as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager within the Construction Industry. Paschal is also a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist.

Paschal is gifted with a creative and enquiring mind. He offers time and space for each individual, to further their own enquiry as he builds on the solid foundations laid down by Michael and Breda. Paschal manages the continued growth and development of the Tearmann Centre as a stop or resting place along the road of life, for Pilgrims like himself.

Rosaleen Durkin

Rosaleen a native of Co.Mayo started her career as a primary school teacher in 1983. She became a qualified kinesiology practitioner in 1990 and has run a successful clinical practice for over 30 yrs. In 2001 she became co-director of ImaginationGYM® and designer and co-author of the ImaginationGYM® Methodology and programs for children and adults. She run training for healthcare and educational staff and has given lectures and educational papers around the world. In 2010 Rosaleen moved to Glendalough to deepen her innate nature connection with the environment. Since 2013 she has been involved with running Celtic Spirituality and nature themed workshops and retreats in Glendalough and in Sweden and also runs guided walks along pilgrim paths to sacred wells hidden in the beautiful landscape of Co. Wicklow.

Michael Rodgers, SPS

The Founder of Tearmann Centre, Michael Rodgers, a member of St. Patricks Missionary Society, returned to Ireland after twenty years missionary service, in Kenya, to serve on his congregation’s leadership team. During this time he began to explore his own roots, a journey that led him eventually to mystical Glendalough. He spent much time exploring the valley and its story. People heard about him and began requesting accompanied walks.

He found that as they walked together individual stories quite spontaneously emerged, and in the way of pilgrimage the listening ear they would receive, often became an important part of the experience. It became apparent that there was a hunger in people for a more natural and soulful expression of spirituality, and for opportunities for the companionship of like-minded souls.

Michael offers a quiet, respectful space for people to reflect on their life and faith story in an environment that holds its own story. He encourages an experiential approach that incorporates history, legend, spirituality, Christian tradition and awareness of nature and the environment.

Michael is the co-author of the following books:

with Marcus Losack: Glendalough, A Celtic Pilgrimage. [Columba Press. 1996]

with Gill McCarthy: Glendalough, A Celtic Soul Journey. [Ciúnas Books. 2003]

A Way for the Pilgrim in Glendalough. 2019

Breda Ahearn, C.P

Breda is a member of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. She has retired as a primary teacher, a vocation that she lived out, both in England and Ireland. Since July 2005 Breda has been at the centre of the Welcome and the Goodbye that the guests have experienced at the centre.

She has a natural gift of providing a listening ear and an empathetic way of providing support to all who encounter her on this part, of their journey. Breda uses her many skills to add fullness and variety to all the programmes at the pilgrimage centre.