Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What does it cost?
The recommended contribution for a prayer day is $50.00. There is no deposit for prayer days.
The recommended contribution for retreats is $110.00 per night per person. The deposit is $50.00.
At the time you make your reservation, you’ll be asked to give a $50 non-refundable deposit (or $100 non-refundable deposit for 30-day directed retreatants). That deposit goes toward your total cost for the retreat. The cost of retreat is $110/night/person. Your balance is due before you leave the Retreat House. WE DO NOT KEEP YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER ON FILE. You must either pay your balance online using our Donate page or by visiting the Reservations Office to pay your balance by check, cash or credit card. Thank you.
We aware that there are those who wish to make a retreat for whom the full recommended contribution is not possible. Please come and know that you are very welcome even if circumstances allow you to give only a portion of the suggested offering.
What is the difference between a “private” and "individual directed" retreat?
A private retreat is for someone who simply wants to spend time in solitude and quiet for prayer and reflection.
An individual directed retreat is when someone is also looking for solitude and quiet but would like to have a spiritual director meet speak with. Normally the direction is daily over the course of the retreat, but it may be only one or two meetings depending on your desire.
What is a “silent” retreat?
A silent retreat (directed, private, or preached) provides time to get away from the often-hectic pace of daily life and give undivided attention to reflection and prayer. Retreatants enter into silence at the start of their retreat and remain silent (including meals) throughout their stay, except during conferences with their spiritual director and their participation in the celebration of Eucharist.
Is there a daily schedule for retreatants?
Retreat structure varies according to the program: directed retreats offer one meeting each day with a spiritual director; private retreats focus on personal reflection and prayer without a director; and preached retreats (including weekend retreats) feature two conference talks each morning and afternoon. All retreats provide ample time for solitude, relaxing, reading, thinking, and praying. Eucharist is celebrated once each day, usually at 11:30 a.m.
Meal times are scheduled as follows:
Breakfast—8:00 a.m. • Lunch—12:00 noon • Dinner—5:30 p.m.
What should I bring?
Personal items, casual clothing, comfortable shoes for walking, and perhaps a good book or two. Note: the retreat house bookstore offers a good selection of inspirational books for purchase.
Do any of the rooms have private baths?
No; each of the forty-five single private rooms is equipped with a bed, desk, chair, sink, and a set of bath towels and bed linens. Bathroom and shower facilities are centrally located on each corridor.
What if I get hungry between meals?
Complimentary beverages, fruit, and light snacks are always available in the main dining room.