October 15-18 (Midweek)
Too Deep for Words
(Br. Elias & Jacqueline Rychlicki)
In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer – a silent loving communion with God beyond the senses, words, or rituals. We invite retreatants to learn prayer rooted in the Gospels – ancient, proven ways for the most part unknown in our culture. The theme of this retreat is the gradual unfolding of the divine image within us into likeness. Participants will become familiar with the use of the breath and imagination in prayer, and ways to develop interior silence and stillness. We will also present practices to deal with afflictive thoughts and feelings, and the incessant chatter and commentaries inside us that prevent our going deeper into God. As a final word, this retreat longs to help participants to become more of what they already are – living flames of kindness and compassion.
October 19-21 (Weekend)
Yoga and Christian Contemplation
(Fr. Tom Francis & Michelle Carew-Bessette)
The physical practice of Hatha Yoga, accompanied by different forms of Christian prayer, such as Lectio Divina and Taize Song, are used to enter Contemplative Prayer. The integration of these methods foster 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 5-8 (Midweek)
Dorothy Day's Legacy: Recognizing God's Mercy
Using selected essays and journal entries by Dorothy Day, this reflective retreat surveys parallels and insights between her life and circumstances in our contemporary culture. The goal of the retreat will be to remind Christians that we have a responsibility within and for the wider culture.
Forgiveness Toolbox: Finding Freedom of Heart
Forgiveness is not forgetting but receiving the gift of inner freedom that enables us to let go of the past and not allow it to define us, our relationships, and our future. This retreat offers tools for experiencing the kind of forgiveness that enables us to forgive others and even one's self – often the most challenging and necessary form of forgiveness.
November 16-18 (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 19-21 (Midweek) back to top
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.
November 30-December 2 (Weekend)
(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.
December 7-9 (Weekend)
12 Step Spirituality for Everyone
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.