Retreat Schedule 2017

Our Preached Retreat Program provides a rich variety of spiritual presentations for men and women. In these preached retreats there is a leader or presenter(s) who offer conferences each day and leads discussions. The presenter(s) gives 2 or 3 talks a day, followed by suggested readings to be used during the retreatant's personal prayer throughout the day. The day also offers an opportunity to share in the Eucharist, participate in the Divine Office, and invites you to spend your day, including meals, in prayerful silence.


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September 1-3 (Weekend)
Cistercian Spirituality
(Fr. Francis Michael & Br. Cassian)
This retreat will explore how Charisms—such as patience, humility, Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, silence, and solitude—that define the life of the monastic community can be readily translated to the lay community. Both monastic and Lay Cistercians will discuss how they live the Charisms in their everyday life.

September 4-7 (Midweek)                                                                                  back to top
Tools of the Spiritual Craft
(Br. Elias)
This retreat focuses on practical ways to facilitate the gradual unfolding of the divine image into likeness. Retreatants will learn practices related to profound inner silence and stillness, contemplative prayer, skillful ways of dealing with harmful thoughts and feelings, the spontaneous expression of gratitude and several other ways to deepen one’s spiritual and emotional life.

September 18-21 (Midweek)
Experiencing God’s Presence in Nature with St. Hildegard of Bingen
(Dewey Weiss Kramer)
Experiencing God's presence in nature with St. Hildegard of Bingen and the landscape of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit. Retreatants will meditate with Hildegard's songs and prayers, both in the Monastery and in meditation walks on the monastery grounds.

October 23-26 (Midweek)
Praying with the Scriptures
(Fr Gerard and Br. Michael)
The practice of lectio divina, or “divine reading” is a form of prayer where one ponders Sacred Scripture as a means of seeking communion with God. This retreat will discuss the steps of lectio divina and how we can practice this form of prayer in everyday life as a tool to deepen our relationship with Christ.

October 27-29 (Weekend)                                                                          back to top
Yoga and Christian Contemplation
(Fr. Tom Francis & Michelle Carew-Bessette)
The physical practice of Hatha Yoga, accompanied by different forms of prayer, such as Lectio Divina and Taize Song, are used to enter Contemplative Prayer. The integration of these methods fosters a movement beyond conversation and meditation into spiritual communion with The Most Holy Trinity.  Approachable and fundamental, this retreat offers a practical experience to those new to yoga or those looking to fulfill their own practice and teaching with the light of our Triune God: Father, Son Jesus, and Holy Spirit.. 

November 6-9 (Midweek)
Pope Francis: On Care For Our Common Home
(Victor Kramer)
The papal letter, “Laudato Si” provides a model for contemporary culture's understanding of our needs and responsibilities with regard to respect for the planet.  How can individuals put some of these good ideas into play as Christians?

November 10-12 (Weekend)
Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
(Br. Elias & Carl McColman)
From the Desert Fathers to Julian of Norwich to Thomas Merton, Christian history is filled with stories of men and women who experienced a profound sense of God's presence in their lives. Can the teachings of the mystics still speak to us today?  The mystics themselves would say "Yes."  Furthermore, their message is not just for priests, monks, or nuns but is indeed meant for the entire people of God.  With this in mind, during this weekend we will look at several ways that the wisdom of the Christian mystics can provide insight and inspiration for our age—including the universal call to holiness, St. Paul's directive to "pray without ceasing," and the promise from the Psalms to "Be still and know that I am God."

November 17-19 (Weekend)
Self Confrontation
(Br. Mark)
A retreat that deals with the need to grow through self-knowledge and the courage to make that journey.

November 20-22 (Midweek)
Spirituality of Thank-Full-Ness
(Fr. Gerard & Br. Mario)
Practicing the spirituality of thankfulness strengthens our faith, as we remember the evidence of God's presence in our lives. Thank-full-ness encourages others, giving them strength and joy for their journey.

December 1-3 (Weekend)                                                                              back to top
12-Step Spirituality for Everyone
(Br. Michael)
This retreat will show how everyone can use the Twelve Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) in their spiritual lives.  The retreat will provide practical ways to use the Twelve Steps as spiritual “tools” on your journey to God.

December 8-10 (Weekend)
Contemplative Prayer
(Frs. Tom Francis & Gerard and Br. Michael)
Prayer is a loving exchange with God. When we learn to receive the gift of God’s presence through loving silence, we are able to develop our personal relationship with Him. One way to receive this gift is through centering prayer, traditionally known as contemplative prayer. This type of prayer enables us to rest in God, leading to a more intimate relationship with Him.


Prayer Requests

At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, we are here to support you and we welcome your prayer request. Please submit your request online and the community will pray for your intentions. 

Mass and Liturgy Schedules

Prayer services are held 7 times throughout the day beginning with Vigils at 4 a.m. and ending with Compline at 7:30 p.m. Click below for the Monastery’s detailed prayer schedule.