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.

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the scheduled retreats at the Guest House and Retreat Center have been cancelled for the rest of 2020.

If you made a reservation for a cancelled retreat, a staff member from the Guest House will contact you regarding a refund.

Below are retreat dates for 2021.

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! - 104104

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 expl...


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Preparing for Holy Week - 104136

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 Sunda...


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Beyond the Fantastic! - 104168

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 wi...


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Being Humble, Being Holy - 104200

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 - 104232

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 liturgi...


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Being at Home as a Young Adult in the Church - 105667

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 - 104264

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 - 104296

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 deal...


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Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life - 105804

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 - 104328

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 - 105927

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 man...


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Music for the End of Time -104360

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 - 104392

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 charact...


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The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist’s Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat - 87565

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 t...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons - 104424

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 - 107185

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. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how to incorporate English an...


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How to Read a Gospel: Examples from the Gospel of Mark - 104556

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 - 104588

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 pray...


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The Beauty of Beethoven: A Musical Meditation - 104620

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 - 105825

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 - 105699

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 - 104652

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 - 104684

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 - 104716

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 J...


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Unpacking the Vocation of Marriage through Scripture and Married Saints - 105745

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 famili...


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The Rule of St. Benedict for Life Today - 104748

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 - 104783

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 - 104784

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 deal...


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Gratitude - 104816

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 -104848

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 - 104880

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 - 104912

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 - 104944

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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Winter Chant Workshop

Monday, January 24, 2022 - Friday, January 28, 2022

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how to incorporate Engl...


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Beyond the Fantastic!

Friday, February 11, 2022 - Sunday, February 13, 2022
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 explore the ...


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Freedom Through Forgiveness

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Thursday, March 3, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) Life’s hurts can leave us feeling angry and holding grudges. Sometimes we become prisoners of these feelings. This retreat explores the process of forgiveness to which Jesus invit...


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Beyond the Fantastic!

Friday, March 11, 2022 - Sunday, March 13, 2022
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 will explo...


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St. Catherine of Siena: Honoring God, Sanctifying Souls

Friday, March 18, 2022 - Sunday, March 20, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on the character and spiritual teaching of this medieval woman and Doctor of the Church. Learn from her example of what it means to be faithful to Christ and his gospel in these uncertain t...


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Thomas Merton and Christian Nonviolence

Friday, April 8, 2022 - Sunday, April 10, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on the teachings of the famous Trappist monk Thomas Merton and glean some important insights for today’s challenging times. Conferences will focus on what Merton had to say about our call t...


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The Easter Triduum: Three Days, One Event

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - Sunday, April 17, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Live the Paschal Mystery through the liturgy with the monastic community, daily presentations, and time for personal prayer and quiet reflection.


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Great Stories from the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Preaching and Spiritual Growth

Monday, April 25, 2022 - Friday, April 29, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)


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The Ghent Altarpiece

Friday, May 6, 2022 - Sunday, May 8, 2022
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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Gratitude

Friday, May 20, 2022 - Sunday, May 22, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

God has poured gifts into our lives but sometimes we lose track of them or stop noticing. This retreat explores how and why gratitude can be a helpful spiritual practice.


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Parables of Jesus for the Present Day

Friday, June 3, 2022 - Sunday, June 5, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat focuses on five parables of Jesus: on the reign of God among us; living according to the reign of God; in the world but not of the world; loss and gain; vigilance.


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

Friday, June 17, 2022 - Thursday, June 23, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

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 w...


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Deepening Prayer through Music

Friday, June 24, 2022 - Sunday, June 26, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Music is an expressive art form employed in the liturgies of the Church across the ages. Understanding notable sacred musical compositions from the medieval period to the 21st century reinforces th...


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Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Friday, July 1, 2022 - Sunday, July 3, 2022
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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Summer Chant Workshop

Monday, July 11, 2022 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how to incorporate English an...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, July 15, 2022 - Sunday, July 17, 2022
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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Bible Bootcamp

Friday, July 22, 2022 - Sunday, July 24, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

We live in a time of Biblical illiteracy. Catholics and other Christians often remark that they feel a bit lost when approaching the Bible. This retreat aims to help Christians approach the Bible m...


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Praise and Worship in the Fine Arts

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - Thursday, August 18, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Music, painting, sculpture, and other notable artworks across the ages show how artists present praise and prayer in their masterpieces. Through a deeper understanding of ...


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Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage

Friday, August 19, 2022 - Sunday, August 21, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only)

This retreat explores the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversion as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that binds these thr...


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The Power of Intercession

Friday, September 2, 2022 - Sunday, September 4, 2022
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 others in prayer in their illnesses and struggles is a ...


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Being Humble, Being Holy

Friday, September 16, 2022 - Sunday, September 18, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on the spiritual teachings of St. Benedict and his Rule for monks. The Rule has much to teach monks, nuns and laity alike, about the true nature of humility and obedience,...


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Listening to the Great Stories of Luke’s Gospel Again for the First Time

Friday, September 23, 2022 - Sunday, September 25, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

A retreat that offers challenges for faith and spiritual growth.


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

Friday, September 30, 2022 - Sunday, October 2, 2022
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 examines the strength and power of religious imagery, art and architecture through the ages...


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Growing in the Love of Christ

Friday, October 7, 2022 - Sunday, October 9, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat tackles the topics of God’s love for us in Christ, the gift of the Spirit in prayer and in life, and our friendship with Christ.


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Contemplative Christianity: God’s Call to Holiness

Friday, October 21, 2022 - Sunday, October 23, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on life with God and how, through deep prayer and generous service, we can learn to recognize the Christ present in the circumstances of ordinary daily life and respond to the “demands of c...


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Great Stories from the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Preaching and Spiritual Growth

Monday, October 24, 2022 - Friday, October 28, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Priests Retreat


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Mozart’s Main Masses

Friday, November 4, 2022 - Sunday, November 6, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This merry retreat will focus on the life and times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; in particular, his two main Masses will be considered spiritually. Audio-visual materials will enhance the program. C...


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Lectio Divina: Praying with the Bible

Friday, November 18, 2022 - Sunday, November 20, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on how prayerful reading of the holy scriptures, and lovingly meditating on the sacred word, anchors our prayer and leads us to the deep interior still point of God’s presence within. L...


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