Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

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  • Friday, December 19 - Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Jesus: Savior and Son

    The Scriptures for Christmas help prepare the home of our hearts for His coming.
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  • Friday, February 13 - Sunday, February 15, 2015

    How Deep is Your Love?

    (Married Couples only) Learning to love more and more deeply is the art of a successful marriage. Come and celebrate this Valentine's weekend by learning some aids to this great loving art. Audio…
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  • Tuesday, March 3 - Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Fully Alive at Mass: Putting the Most in to Get the Most out

    Do you find yourself going to Mass and leaving unaffected by the Word of God and His love poured out? Come explore the rich history and meaning of the words of the Mass, with a commitment toward …
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  • Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8, 2015

    The Way of the Cross According to the Gospel of Mark


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  • Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27, 2015

    Hospitality in an Anonymous World

    (Priests Retreat) Conferences for this retreat for priests will focus on the fundamental Christian ideal and Benedictine value of hospitality as a framework for knowing and serving Christ present …
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  • Wednesday, April 1 - Sunday, April 5, 2015

    Holy Week Retreat

    The retreat will foster the faith and devotion of participants in the liturgies of Holy Week. Conferences will offer meditation and theological reflection on the liturgies of Holy Week from Palm …
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  • Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17, 2015

    Beyond the Cloister: Benedictine Principles in the Life of the Parish Priest

    (Priests Retreat) Several years ago, a book appeared in England titled Doing Business with Benedict. One reader commented, "Managing permanent, rapid change is the ultimate task for business from…
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  • Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19, 2015

    A Weekend with St. Teresa of Avila

    In the year 2015, the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, mystic and certainly one the greatest teachers of prayer in the Catholic t…
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  • Tuesday, April 28 - Thursday, April 30, 2015

    St. Benedict's Way

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat will focus on the Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living in today's fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be applied and adapted and can su…
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  • Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Sleeper Awake!

    (Secretaries and Parish Administrators Retreat) In Ephesians we read, "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." And in his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul writes that Chr…
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  • Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17, 2015

    A Monastic Witness to Non-violence

    Fr. Louis (Thomas) Merton, OCSO, believed the pursuit of peace was not optional for Christians. Merton began his monastic vocation at Gethsemane as a pious young convert to Catholicism who also h…
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  • Tuesday, May 26 - Thursday, May 28, 2015

    A Blessed Life: Living the Beatitudes

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat will look in depth at the content of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount as a guide for joyful living. 
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  • Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31, 2015

    The Wisdom of Nazareth

    This retreat will focus on Blessed Charles de Foucauld's insights into living the ordinary life in Christ. Exploring his most interesting life and expressive writings, we'll learn his special spi…
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  • Monday, June 8 - Friday, June 12, 2015

    Reading the Word of God in the Liturgy

    In liturgical celebrations, the reader ends the scriptural text with "The Word of the Lord." It's often the case that readers are not trained in public speaking, and the significance of the text i…
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  • Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Where Sin Increased (Romans 5:20): The Seven Big Ones

    It all started with the first prideful "no" to God. Paradise was lost, but Jesus is the Way back and grace overflows. We, His Body, fight the fight against the capital sins of pride, greed, envy, ang…
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  • Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Pray Your Way to Happiness

    (Midweek Retreat) We often think of prayer as an obligation to God. Actually, prayer is the very substance of life, the key to strength and joy, here and hereafter. This retreat is a practical in…
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  • Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Monastic Practices

    For centuries, Christian men and women have been leaving "the world" to seek God in the solitude and silencer of "the Desert." This retreat will focus on the particular prayer, asceticism and cha…
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  • Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12, 2015

    The Cry of the Earth

    This retreat studies Christian ecology in a suffering world today. As Christians, we are called to be wise stewards of our precious earth and thus further God's creation. This retreat will not on…
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  • Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2015

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    The seminar will be offered in a beginner session and in an advanced session on July 13-17, 2015. Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the i…
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  • Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Coming Home

    A retreat for recovering alcoholics by Fr. Colman, a recovering alcoholic monk-priest. This is a retreat that offers recovering alcoholics of Catholic heritage an invitation to consider how Catho…
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  • Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2015

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    (Advanced Session) Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting…
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  • Tuesday, July 28 - Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Benedictine Spirituality: Nothing Extraordinary but Everything Ordinary in Living Daily Life

    Midweek Retreat.
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  • Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

    A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

    This retreat is for those seeking, through heartfelt prayer and meditation, to improve their conscious contract with God, as they understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for them an…
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  • Friday, August 7 - Thursday, August 13, 2015

    The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist's Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat

    From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this "studio retreat," each participant will work in one of several media throughout the week. Emphas…
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  • Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23, 2015

    The Beatitudes: The Foundation of Christian Spirituality


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  • Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30, 2015

    Being Born Anew

    This retreat focuses on key markers of the Christian life, those visible characteristics of a person who belongs to Christ. Christ is "making all things new" (Rev. 21:5), and being born anew is a …
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  • Friday, September 11 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Caravaggio's Concern

    Caravaggio was a gifted artist genius who was once rejected as a mere rebel, but today is recognized as a great innovator in both the worlds of art and theology. Although a certain sinner, he can …
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  • Tuesday, September 15 - Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Mary, Mother of the Church

    (Midweek Retreat) Mary bore the Word of God in flesh in her own body. She thereby became Mother of the Savior and Mother of His Mystical Body the Church. This retreat will reflect more deeply on …
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  • Friday, September 18 - Sunday, September 20, 2015

    Sleeper Awake!

    In Ephesians we read, "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." And in his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul writes that Christians "ought to consider themselves the dead b…
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  • Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

    The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on identifying some of the important aspects of the monast…
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  • Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4, 2015

    Essential Structures of Catholic Life

    Guided by the Holy Spirit, the early Christians learned how to be Church by giving unremitting attention to four foundational elements: the teaching of the Apostles, fostering strong personal rel…
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  • Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11, 2015

    Looking Deeper into the Rule of St. Benedict

    This retreat will explore the Rule of St. Benedict and related material. Much of monastic wisdom applies to the lives of busy Christians. The retreat will focus on stability and change (conversat…
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  • Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23, 2015

    The Sermon on the Mount: Challenges for Contemporary Priestly Ministry

    (Priests Retreat)
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  • Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25, 2015

    A Monastic Witness to Non-violence

    This retreat focuses on how to recognize the call of Christ amid the many loud distractions of our world. Discernment is a skill that, when developed through a life of prayer, can help us to know …
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  • Tuesday, October 27 - Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life, Part 2

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God's presence and action in the world and examines the strength and power of religious imagery art and architectur…
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  • Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15, 2015

    Covenant: Our Relationship with God in Christ

    The word "testament" means "covenant," and a covenant is a relationship sealed by an oath with mutual responsibilities and blessings. This retreat will explore our relationship with God revealed …
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  • Friday, November 20 - Sunday, November 22, 2015

    Aging Gracefully (Revised): A Retreat for 60s and Over

    Today people are living longer and richer lives. This retreat will focus on how best to allow God's grace to enhance these senior years. Deepening one's spirituality through a more intense prayer …
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  • Friday, December 18 - Sunday, December 20, 2015

    The Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke


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  • Friday, February 12 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Sincerely Yours

    (Married Couples only) Communication is the art of life and intimate communication is the basis of successful married life. This retreat will explore ways to enhance your communication skills with ea…
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  • Tuesday, March 8 - Thursday, March 10, 2016

    From Anger to Forgiveness

    This retreat will explore how we can follow Jesus' directive to forgive in the face of our anger over offenses. 
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  • Thursday, March 10 - Sunday, March 13, 2016

    Administration and Evangelization

    (Secretaries and Parish Administrators Retreat) The Church's main mission is to preach and spread the Gospel: evangelization. Pope Francis, in his Joy of the Gospel, lays out some important principl…
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  • Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20, 2016

    Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage

    (Married Couples Only) This retreat focuses on exploring the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversatio as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that binds t…
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  • Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday, March 27, 2016

    Reflections on the Triduum

    (Holy Week Retreat) The experience of the sacred Triduum forms the background for the conferences, reflection sessions and prayer experiences. Emphasis will be given to the exploration of different C…
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  • Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

    He Has Been Raised!

    Reflections on the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus as described in the gospels.
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  • Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Living Virtuously: Exploring Christian Virtues

    For the ancient Greeks, living virtuously was essential for a happy life. As Christians, we are invited to exercise a series of virtues that can enhance our lives in the Christian community. In this …
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  • Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Peace, the Benedictine Way

    This retreat will focus on the holy Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living with peace in today's fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be applied and adapted and we can glean…
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  • Monday, April 25 - Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Psalms: Formation for Ministry

    (Retreat for Permanent Deacons) At his ordination to the diaconate, the candidate is asked, "Are you resolved to maintain and deepen a spirit of prayer appropriate to your way of life and, in ke…
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  • Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Pray Always

    Retreat conferences will focus on the essential nature of prayer as prompted by grace and guided by the Holy Spirit, who teaches us to surrender willful self-assertion to grow in willingness to surre…
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  • Tuesday, May 3 - Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Singing the Gospel - Day by Day!

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat will be on the New Testament Canticles used in the Liturgy of the Hours: the Canticles of Zechariah, Mary and Simeon, the Letter to the Philippians and the Book of…
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  • Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

    Monastic Life as it is Lived Today

    The conferences will compare the times and Rule of St. Benedict in the sixth century to the 21st century and how it can and does apply to today's life and society. The retreat conferences will focus …
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  • Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Mysterious Meister Eckhart

    Retreat conferences will explore key concepts in the contemplative spirituality of one of the Church's great German medieval mystical theologians. Properly understood, Eckhart's "spirituality for the…
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  • Friday, June 17 - Thursday, June 23, 2016

    The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist's Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat

    From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media throughout the week. Emphasis wil…
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  • Tuesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 23, 2016

    The Jesus Prayer

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat introduces and explores this beautiful form of prayer, which comes to us from the Eastern Church. 
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  • Tuesday, June 28 - Thursday, June 30, 2016

    The Beatitudes: God's Logic in a Crazy World

    (Midweek Retreat) The Beatitudes are God's way of saying, "How delighted I am with you who are poor in pocket and poor in spirit, you who mourn, who are meek …. This kind of happiness can be found no…
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  • Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Basic Bach: Appreciating a Creative Genius

    This retreat continues the exploration of great composers who have used their musical genius to enhance the spirituality of the Christian Church. Bach was truly a master of expressing the power of th…
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  • Monday, July 4 - Friday, July 8, 2016

    The Priesthood: Yesterday, Today and ... Tomorrow

    (Priests Retreat) This retreat examines models of the priesthood from the past and present to establish a solid spirituality of the priesthood in the Church today … and tomorrow. The thoughts of Pope…
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  • Friday, July 8 - Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Powerlessness, Weakness and Strength in Recovery: An AA Retreat

    Admitting that one has become powerless over alcohol is a bedrock beginning of recovery. This beginning opens the way to ask for and receive strength for sobriety from beyond ourselves, from a Power …
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  • Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2016

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way to en…
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  • Tuesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Monastic Practices

    (Midweek Retreat) For centuries, Christian men and women have been leaving "the world" to seek God in the solitude and silence of "the Desert." This retreat will focus on the particular prayer, ascet…
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  • Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17, 2016

    Pray Always

    Retreat conferences will focus on the essential nature of prayer as prompted by grace and guided by the Holy Spirit, who teaches us to surrender willful self-assertion to grow in willingness to surre…
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  • Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2016

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. In this advanced sess…
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  • Friday, July 22 - Sunday, July 24, 2016

    A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

    This retreat is for those seeking, through heartfelt prayer and meditation, to improve their conscious contract with God, as they understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for them and t…
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  • Tuesday, August 16 - Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Pray Your Way to Happiness

    (Midweek Retreat) We often think of prayer as an obligation to God. Actually, prayer is the very substance of life, the key to strength and joy, here and hereafter. This retreat is a practical introd…
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  • Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Discovering the Spiritual Richness in the Letters of St. Paul


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  • Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

    The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on identifying some of the important aspects of the monastic l…
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  • Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4, 2016

    Simplicity: To Have is Not to Be

    "Simplicity" or "downsizing" isn't another name for a garage sale. We will go deep inside and knock at the door of the baptized mind to look at the internal root causes that lead to external house-cl…
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  • Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Aging Gracefully: A Retreat for 60s and Over

    Today people are living longer and richer lives. This retreat will focus on how best to allow God's grace to enhance these senior years. Deepening one's spirituality through a more intense prayer lif…
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  • Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Cultivating a Discerning Heart

    Retreat conferences will explore how Christians are called to "read the signs of our times" in the ordinary and not-so-ordinary times of our lives. To have a discerning heart is to hear the Word of G…
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  • Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016

    The Rosary Revisited

    The rosary is a treasure of the Catholic Church. This retreat aims to introduce newcomers to the rosary as well as renewing experienced practitioners of this prayer. 
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  • Friday, October 7 - Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life

    This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God's presence and action in the world and examines the strength and power of religious imagery art and architecture through the ages.&n…
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  • Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21, 2016

    Biblical Reflections on Pastoral Leadership

    (Priests Retreat) This retreat will explore pastoral leadership as it is variously described in the Bible. Particular attention will be given to the challenges this offers to priestly ministry and le…
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  • Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Monastic Life as it is Lived Today

    The conferences will compare the times and Rule of St. Benedict in the six century to the 21st century and how it can and does apply to today's life and society. The retreat conferences will focus on…
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  • Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

    Mysterious Meister Eckhart

    Retreat conferences will explore key concepts in the contemplative spirituality of one of the Church's great German medieval mystical theologians. Properly understood, Eckhart's "spirituality for the…
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  • Tuesday, November 8 - Thursday, November 10, 2016

    The End-Purpose of Creation and Our Role in its History according to St. Paul

    (Midweek Retreat) Meditations and prayer on passages in Romans, Colossians and Ephesians will teach about the finality of the Creation and history and about the present age of the Church in Christ. W…
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  • Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

    The Francis Effect: A Study of Two Characters

    St. Francis Assisi had a notable effect on the reform of the Catholic Church of his times. Today, Pope Francis follows his impressive life in the Spirit by effecting our own times of reform and regen…
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  • Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Living a Blessed Life

    We will consider how to make the Sermon on the Mount the basis of our life. 
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  • Friday, December 16 - Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Spiritual Themes in the Gospel of Luke


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