Retreats

Perhaps you're interested in learning how Scripture, prayer, Benedictine wisdom or art can enhance your spirituality.

Saint Meinrad offers a variety of monk-led retreats during the year - on these and other topics at our Guest House and Retreat Center in southern Indiana.

Three-day retreats are held on weekends (Friday evening through Sunday noon) or during the week (Tuesday evening through Thursday noon).

Check-in time for retreats is 2-5 p.m. Vespers in the Archabbey Church is at 5 p.m. followed by supper. The opening conference typically begins at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. The retreat concludes with lunch on the last day of the program. A complete schedule is provided at registration.

To register online, begin by clicking on the title of the retreat that interests you.

Winter Chant Workshop: Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

Monday, January 20, 2020 - Friday, January 24, 2020

Workshop led by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, and Team

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend a...


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Together in Christ

Friday, February 14, 2020 - Sunday, February 16, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Valentine Retreat, Married Couples Only)

In the sacrament of marriage, the couple invites Christ into their married life together. This weekend retreat will offer the opportunity to explore...


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Together in Christ

Friday, March 13, 2020 - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Second Valentine Retreat, Married Couples Only)

In the sacrament of marriage, the couple invites Christ into their married life together. This weekend retreat will offer the opportunity to...


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Healing Anger Through Forgiveness

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Thursday, March 19, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Anger is an unavoidable human feeling and we often have good reasons to be angry. But anger can also be an obstacle to living a fuller life. This retreat aims to ex...


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Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

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...


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Lectio Divina Retreat

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Sunday, April 5, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will focus on biblical passages taken from the Lectionary, the Church’s book of liturgical readings, to demonstrate how praying the scriptures moves one from the literal level of the wr...


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The Easter Triduum: Three Days, One Event

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Sunday, April 12, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Live the Paschal Mystery through the liturgy with the monastic community. Daily presentations and have time for personal prayer and quiet reflection. ($465 single, $735 double)


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Matthew’s Advice to a Church in Crisis and Distress

Monday, April 27, 2020 - Friday, May 1, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

Matthew’s story carries a vision of the human condition that provides us with a stance toward life, a way to view the world and the Church in which we live. We pray and stu...


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Contemplative Christianity

Friday, May 1, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The call to holiness is a call to communion with God, for God alone is holy. Our holiness is a participation in God’s holiness through Jesus Christ and his Spirit that dwells in us by baptism. Conf...


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Waystations and Homecomings of Forgiveness

Friday, May 15, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat is a time for one’s personal stock-taking, meditation, prayer and decision. Whether the sins against us are from an individual or the community, genuine forgiveness is the path to esca...


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Thursday, June 18, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

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...


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

Friday, June 19, 2020 - Thursday, June 25, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Retreatants limited)

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 t...


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The Ghent Altarpiece

Friday, June 26, 2020 - Sunday, June 28, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Following in a series of art retreats that explore the spirituality expressed beautifully in a series of masterpieces by great artists, this retreat will focus on this didactic masterpiece by the B...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, July 10, 2020 - Sunday, July 12, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Join us for a fun-filled journey through Steps 3, 11 and 12. Happy, joyous and free will dispel any glumness. An atmosphere couched in Benedictine hospitality will enable you to take stock of where...


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The “Little Rule” of St. Benedict and the “Little Way” of St. Thérèse

Friday, July 17, 2020 - Sunday, July 19, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

During this retreat, we will study the two saints, St. Benedict and St. Thérèse, and see their unique personalities, their similarity to each other, and the way their lives and teachings complement...


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Summer Chant Workshop: Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

Monday, July 27, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Workshop led by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, and Team 

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend ...


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The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew’s Handbook for Living in the Kingdom of Heaven

Friday, July 31, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

According to Matthew’s Gospel, the good news is that the kingdom of heaven has drawn near and is now available to all who desire to follow the teachings of Jesus. The demands of kingdom living, how...


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Being at Home as a Young Adult in the Church

Friday, August 7, 2020 - Sunday, August 9, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat is geared toward young adults. Br. Simon enjoys working with young adults to encourage them to discover their gifts to serve God, their families, friends, and their parish and se...


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The Rosary Zone

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Thursday, August 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat looks at the origins and practice of the rosary through history, as well as its place as a magnificent contemporary way of prayer. ($255 single, $425 double)


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Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage

Friday, August 21, 2020 - Sunday, August 23, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only)

This retreat focuses on exploring the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversion as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that bind...


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St. Catherine of Siena: Witness for Our Times

Friday, September 11, 2020 - Sunday, September 13, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will speak to the character and spiritual teaching of this Doctor of the Church and how we can use her example and her spiritual doctrine in our times of incertitude. ($255 single, $425...


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St. Paul and the Challenges of Living Christian Life Day by Day

Friday, September 18, 2020 - Sunday, September 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Next to Jesus, St. Paul has been the most influential figure in the history of Christianity. The depth of his thought and the passion of his involvement have meant that, since his letters became pa...


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Thursday, October 1, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Midweek Retreat

This retreat will focus on the 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 ...


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Stories of Genesis and Exodus

Friday, October 2, 2020 - Sunday, October 4, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The stories of Genesis and Exodus provide the foundation for much of our faith and life in Christ. This weekend will look at some of these basic stories and explore what they offer us for life in t...


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Lectio Divina Retreat

Friday, October 9, 2020 - Sunday, October 11, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will focus on biblical passages taken from the Lectionary, the Church’s book of liturgical readings, to demonstrate how praying the scriptures moves one from the literal level of the wr...


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Matthew’s Advice to a Church in Crisis and Distress

Monday, October 12, 2020 - Friday, October 16, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

Matthew’s story carries a vision of the human condition that provides us with a stance toward life, a way to view the world and the Church in which we live. We pray and stu...


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On Being Catholic

Friday, October 23, 2020 - Sunday, October 25, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

What kind of people can be welcomed into the Church? The answer is simple – and uncomfortable: the same kind of people Jesus welcomed into his company. Hardly the cream of wealthy, fashionable, rel...


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The Power of Intercession

Friday, November 6, 2020 - Sunday, November 8, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In the communion of saints triumphant and militant (us), prayer is an important and crucial aspect of the committed Christian’s life. Lifting up others in prayer in their illnesses and struggles is...


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Spiritual Themes from the Sunday Lectionary in the New Liturgical Year

Monday, November 9, 2020 - Friday, November 13, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests and Deacons Retreat)

As priests, much of our spirituality comes from the Lectionary. The Sunday Lectionary is always before as we prepare to minister to the people...


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Christian Non-Violence: A Comprehensive Pro-Life Spirituality

Friday, November 13, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will focus on the teaching and writings of Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk and spiritual author from Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky. Reflections will focus especially on what Mert...


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The Call of Pope Francis: Doctrine, Discernment and Pastoral Outreach

Monday, November 16, 2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

This retreat offers time for prayer, reflection, and direction for the ministry of priests as urged by Pope Francis. The specific topic is prompted by the continuing critiq...


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On Being Catholic

Friday, November 20, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

What kind of people can be welcomed into the Church? The answer is simple – and uncomfortable: the same kind of people Jesus welcomed into his company. Hardly the cream of wealthy, fashionable, rel...


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Anonymous: The Nameless Dames in Distress in the Gospel according to Mark

Friday, November 27, 2020 - Sunday, November 29, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will feature a series of reflections on four episodes in the Gospel according to Mark in which Jesus healed four females whose names are never mentioned in the Gospel: Simon’s mother-i...


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Silence: An Invitation

Friday, December 18, 2020 - Sunday, December 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

It is difficult to give ourselves permission to be silent in our go, go, go culture. Give yourself permission this weekend to “retreat” from the noise and learn about the importance of silence, rec...


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Winter Chant Workshop: Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

Monday, January 25, 2021 - Friday, January 29, 2021
Saint Meinrad Archabbey

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how chant is “sung speech,” and pr...


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Beyond the Fantastic!

Friday, February 12, 2021 - Sunday, February 14, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Valentine Retreat – Married Couples Only)

This weekend retreat will discuss the various phases of our relationships and how we can grow in true love with one another. Together we will explo...


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Preparing for Holy Week

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Thursday, March 4, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

This retreat provides an opportunity for parish ministers involved in the liturgies of Holy Week or anyone who wants time to prepare for the sacred mysteries of Palm Sunday...


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Beyond the Fantastic!

Friday, March 12, 2021 - Sunday, March 14, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Second Valentine Retreat – Married Couples Only)

This weekend retreat will discuss the various phases of our relationships and how we can grow in true love with one another. Together we wil...


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Being Humble, Being Holy

Friday, March 26, 2021 - Sunday, March 28, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat conferences will reflect on St. Benedict’s spiritual teachings as summarized by the seventh chapter of his Rule for monks. Humility is the primary characteristic of the Benedictine...


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A Holy Week Experience

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - Sunday, April 4, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(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 liturgie...


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Being at Home as a Young Adult in the Church

Friday, April 16, 2021 - Sunday, April 18, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat is geared toward young adults. Br. Simon enjoys working with young adults to encourage them to discover their gifts to serve God, their families, friends, and their parish and secular ...


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Lectio Divina: Praying with the Bible

Friday, April 23, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat conferences will focus on the value of praying with the sacred scriptures to connect with the mind of Jesus. Some of the conferences will focus on a method of praying with the Bible using a...


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A Conversation with St. Paul Regarding the Trials of Pastoral Ministry

Monday, April 26, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

Many of the pastoral issues St. Paul had to deal with have strong similarities with current pastoral issues priests are confronted with today. We will ask Paul how he dealt...


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

Friday, April 30, 2021 - Sunday, May 2, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God’s presence and action in the world and examine the strength and power of religious imagery, art and architecture through the ages....


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Delightful Duccio: An Artist Retreat

Friday, May 14, 2021 - Sunday, May 16, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat is part of a series of artist retreats (Michelangelo, Raphael, Fra Angelico, Van Gogh) that explore the spirituality of famous artists. Art appreciators are especially invited as well ...


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - Thursday, May 20, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

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. Participants will learn that many...


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Music for the End of Time

Friday, May 21, 2021 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

A series of concerts over the weekend, by various artists, both live and recorded, will set the atmosphere for reflection on our understanding of the end of time.


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Being Humble, Being Holy

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Thursday, June 17, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Retreat conferences will reflect on St. Benedict’s spiritual teachings as summarized by the seventh chapter of his Rule for monks. Humility is the primary characte...


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

Friday, June 18, 2021 - Thursday, June 24, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Retreatants limited)

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 th...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, July 16, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Join us for a fun-filled journey through Steps 3, 11 and 12. Happy, joyous and free will dispel any glumness. An atmosphere couched in Benedictine hospitality will enable you to take stock of where...


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Summer Chant Workshop: Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

Monday, July 26, 2021 - Friday, July 30, 2021
Saint Meinrad Archabbey

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how chant is “sung speech,” and pr...


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How to Read a Gospel: Examples from the Gospel of Mark

Friday, July 30, 2021 - Sunday, August 1, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Many ordinary people find reading a gospel a difficult task. This retreat will read portions of the Gospel of Mark illustrating some of the ways one can read a gospel both for understanding and ins...


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Lectio Divina: Praying with the Bible

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - Thursday, August 19, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Retreat conferences will focus on the value of praying with the sacred scriptures to connect with the mind of Jesus. Some of the conferences will focus on a method of prayi...


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The Beauty of Beethoven: A Musical Meditation

Friday, August 20, 2021 - Sunday, August 22, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In this retreat, we will focus on the making of a great artist through suffering and rejection. Beethoven’s spirituality will be explored by focusing on his masterpieces. Audio-visual aids will enh...


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Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Friday, August 27, 2021 - Sunday, August 29, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on a identifying some of the important aspects of t...


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Spiritual Integration: Fitness, Health and Physical Well-being

Friday, September 10, 2021 - Sunday, September 12, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

With Scripture and the Rule of St. Benedict as our guide, we will explore how a life of physical fitness and healthful eating lead us on a journey of self-knowledge, self-acceptance and se...


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How to Read the Biblical Prophets

Friday, September 17, 2021 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

There are people who would like to read the biblical prophets, but when they attempt to do so, they find the task too difficult and they stop. This retreat will highlight a few of the biblical prop...


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Contemplative Living

Friday, September 24, 2021 - Sunday, September 26, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat conferences will reflect on the value of being attentive to the presence of God in the ordinary experiences of life. We will discuss how to pray and how to live in a way that cultivates exp...


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Healing Anger Through Forgiveness

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - Thursday, September 30, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Anger is an unavoidable human feeling and we often have good reasons to be angry. But anger can also be an obstacle to living a fuller life. This retreat aims to examine Je...


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Unpacking the Vocation of Marriage through Scripture and Married Saints

Friday, October 1, 2021 - Sunday, October 3, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only)

With all the distractions of the world, children, jobs, volunteering, etc., the vocation aspect of marriage tends to fall to the wayside as we try to raise our familie...


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The Rule of St. Benedict for Life Today

Friday, October 8, 2021 - Sunday, October 10, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The Rule of St. Benedict contains practical and sound advice for living with God and with others. This retreat will focus on key passages that offer us Benedict’s common sense and wisdom f...


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Being Humble, Being Holy

Friday, October 15, 2021 - Sunday, October 17, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat conferences will reflect on St. Benedict’s spiritual teachings as summarized by the seventh chapter of his Rule for monks. Humility is the primary characteristic of the Benedictine...


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A Conversation with St. Paul Regarding the Trials of Pastoral Ministry

Monday, October 18, 2021 - Friday, October 22, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

Many of the pastoral issues St. Paul had to deal with have strong similarities with current pastoral issues priests are confronted with today. We will ask Paul how he dealt...


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Gratitude

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - Thursday, October 28, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Gratitude has been called the parent of the virtues. What place does it have in the life of a Christian disciple and how do we practice it?


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The Popular Polish Pope: The Life and Service of Pope John Paul II

Friday, November 5, 2021 - Sunday, November 7, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

By studying the encyclicals and teachings of this remarkable theologian, we will gain an understanding of his “theology of the body” and the “new evangelization.” His earlier struggles with Nazi an...


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Lectio Divina: Praying with the Bible

Friday, November 12, 2021 - Sunday, November 14, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat conferences will focus on the value of praying with the sacred scriptures to connect with the mind of Jesus. Some of the conferences will focus on a method of praying with the Bible using a...


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Popular Stories from the Gospel of John

Friday, November 19, 2021 - Sunday, November 21, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Many great stories are found in the Gospel of John. This retreat will focus on just a few of them and show why they have remained so popular through the centuries. We will consider The Prologue of ...


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Christmas for Adults

Friday, December 17, 2021 - Sunday, December 19, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

What do the Gospels have to say about Jesus’ birth?


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