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What is a Retreat ?  Who can go on a Retreat ?

A monastic retreat is an opportunity to reset yourself. No wifi, tv, internet, noise, distractions. An opportunity for solitude, silence, slowing down.
It’s putting yourself in a new context.

The rhythm of the monastic community; rest, the daily cycle of community prayer of the Psalms, reading scripture, contemplation, quiet mealtimes,
and beautiful surroundings combine to help rediscover meaning and purpose.

Since the early Christian Church, monks have been a familiar resource for anyone looking for renewal, a deeper relationship with God. We see in
our modern world, a renewed interest by people of all backgrounds to find how best to integrate the monastic charism into one’s daily life.  

Anyone is welcome on retreat, you don’t have to be Catholic. Any part of it is optional. 

From St. Joseph’s Abbey website -

“At St. Joseph’s Trappist Abbey there is a small Retreat House with eleven private rooms each with a private bath, including linens, and three full meals are provided.
There are two retreats offered per week: Monday afternoon to Friday morning or Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Conferences are given by one of the monks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for weekday retreats and on Saturday and Sunday for the weekend retreat,
with time available for private conversation with him or the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” 

Separate retreats are now offered for both men and for women, as well as mixed retreats which attract many married couples as well.

The retreat house closely conforms to the quiet contemplative atmosphere of the monastery. There is also a library in the Retreat House available for our
guests during their stay. The celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours frame the structure for each day (see retreat schedule on this page)
with a generous amount of time also set aside for private prayer, reading and contemplative quiet.”



St. Joseph’s Abbey Retreats

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