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2019 Retreats at a Glance

Here is a schedule of the retreats being offered at Mepkin Abbey this year. Dates not mentioned are reserved for folks who wish to make a private or individual retreat (unless the monastery has reserved them for other purposes.) More information about these retreats and the suggested donation can be found on the schedule when these months are posted for booking. To book a retreat, click here

St. Francis Retreat Center 2019 Calendar | A Preview of Upcoming Retreats

  • Jan. 18 – 21 – Encountering Silence: The Heart of Contemplative Spirituality with Carl McColman
  • Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 – Urban Contemplatives Retreat with Fr. Guerric and Marcy Walsh
  • Feb. 1 – 4 – Care For Caregivers Retreat with Judith Godwin, Fr. Guerric, Ann Marie Lemire, MD, Jonathan Wright
  • Feb. 8 – 11 – Directed Ignatian Retreat with Kathy Tosney and Donna Meyer
  • Feb. 11 – 15 – An Initial Retreat For Elders with Fr. Guerric, Mary McNamara, Kathy Tosney, and Lyndall Hare
  • March 1 – 4 – Urban Contemplatives Retreat with Fr. Guerric, Barbara Prendergast, and Will Bryant
  • March 13 – A Mini Lenten Retreat (10:00 am-3:00 pm) – A Time for Giving Up and Taking On with Sr. Susan Schorsten, HM and Sr. Gay Rowzie,HM
  • March 15 – 18 – Silent Prayer Retreat: Light Sitting in Light with Fr. Martin Laird, O.S.A.
  • March 22 – 25 – A Poetry Retreat: Writing Our Relationship With Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Living Within The Sacred with John Fox
  • March 29 – April 1 – Directed Ignatian Retreat with Donna Meyer and Catherine Powell
  • April 8 – 12 – An Initial Retreat For Elders with Fr. Guerric, Mary McNamara, Kathy Tosney, and Lyndall Hare
  • April 26 -29 – A Yoga Retreat with Diane Long
  • April 29 – May 3 – An Artist Retreat: Art as Transformation/ A mirror of Spirituality and Adventure in Making Art at Mepkin with Neil DiTeresa
  • May 6 -10 – Theme Retreat: All Are Called and That Includes Me using Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation “Gaudete Et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad) with Sr. Susan Schorsten, HM and Sr. Gay Rowzie,HM
  • May 17 – 20 – Directed Ignatian Retreat with Kathy Tosney and Catherine Powell
  • May 20 – 24 – An Initial Retreat For Elders with Fr. Guerric, Mary McNamara, Kathy Tosney, and Lyndall Hare
  • May 31 – June 3 – An Enneagram Retreat with Christine King
  • June 3 – 7 – Urban Contemplatives Retreat with Fr. Guerric And Marcy Walsh
  • June 14 -17 – Care For Caregivers Retreat with Judith Godwin, Fr. Guerric, Ann Marie Lemire, MD, Jonathan Wright
  • June 21 – 24 – Theme Retreat: Resolving Conflict, The Simply Available Way with Chuck Coward
  • August 2 – 5 – Urban Contemplatives Retreat with Fr. Guerric, Barbara Prendergast, and Will Bryant
  • August 12 – 16 – Theme Retreat: A Journey of Memories, Joyful, Sorrowful and Transformative with Sr. Susan Schorsten, HM and Sr. Gay Rowzie,HM
  • August 23 – 25 – Contemplative Directed Retreat: St John of the Cross’ Glimpse into the Dark Night: That Sweet Night: a Secret with Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner
  • August 26 – 29 – Contemplative Directed Retreat: St John of the Cross’ Glimpse into the Dark Night: That Sweet Night: a Secret with Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner
  • August 30 – Sept 2 – Contemplative Directed Retreat: St John of the Cross’ Glimpse into the Dark Night: That Sweet Night: a Secret with Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner
  • September 6 – 9 – An Advanced Retreat For Elders with Fr. Guerric, Mary McNamara, Kathy Tosney, and Lyndall Hare
  • September 16 – 20 – Theme Retreat: Entering the Interior Castle: The Contemplative Wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila with Carl McColman
  • September 20 – 23 – Care For Caregivers Retreat with Judith Godwin, Fr. Guerric, Ann Marie Lemire, MD, Jonathan Wright
  • October 12 – Workshop for Spiritual Directors, Spiritual Direction, and Carl Jung with Br. Don Bisson, FMS
  • October 11 – 14 Workshop and Retreat for Spiritual Directors with Br. Don Bisson
  • October 14 – 18 – Theme Retreat: Contemplation and Social Darkness with Br. Br. Don Bisson, FMS
  • October 18 – Lecture: Aging and Suffering (Chronic Pain) with Br. Don Bisson, FMS
  • October 25 – 28 – Urban Contemplatives Retreat with Fr. Guerric, Marcy Walsh and Will Bryant
  • November 8 -11 – Veterans Retreat: Contact person Lester Pittman
  • November 11 -15 – Directed Ignatian Retreat with Donna Meyer and Catherine Powell
  • December 2 -5 – Theme Retreat: Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent, Hope, Humility and Humor with Sr. Susan Schorsten, HM and Sr. Gay Rowzie, HM
  • December 6 – 9 – Contemplative Directed Retreat: St John of the Cross’ Glimpse into the Dark Night: That Sweet Night: a Secret with Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner
  • December 9 – 13 – Contemplative Directed Retreat: St John of the Cross’ Glimpse into the Dark Night: That Sweet Night: a Secret with Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner
  • December 13 – 16 – Contemplative Directed Retreat: St John of the Cross’ Glimpse into the Dark Night: That Sweet Night: a Secret with Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner

Description of Ongoing Retreats

Initial Retreats for Elders

Intended for all first-time participants, the Contemplative Eldering Retreat offers an environment for personal and spiritual growth. Through personal reflection and hearing the experiences of others at a similar place in their lives, participants have the opportunity to view aging as a natural part of living–a blessing and gift from God.

Led by a monk, a gerontologist, and two other skilled team members, the retreat begins on Fri- day at 2:00 PM and closes at 2:00 PM the following Monday; or at 2:00 PM on Monday through 2:00 PM on Thursday for mid-week retreats. Registration is limited to no more than 12 persons.

For a registration form contact Fr. Guerric, guerricheckel@gmail.com

Care for Caregivers Retreats

Purpose: To afford caregivers and opportunity to come away for awhile, rest, and reflect on who they are in the role of caregiver. It will be a time to look back at when and how they took on the role of companion to someone who is ailing. If affords an opportunity to examine where they are physically, and emotionally in that role, and how they may garner strength and fortitude to continue on this challenging journey.

Contemplative Directed Retreats

These retreats are conducted by two priests and center around a Contemplative theme. Each day begins with a group session as well as a contemplative practice. Retreatants have the opportunity to receive spiritual direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and are free to join the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist with the monastic community. The majority of the day is spent in silence and enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding the monastery. The retreat concludes at 10:30 AM on Sunday or Thursday depending on which retreat you attend.

Urban Contemplatives Retreat

This retreat will introduce several core monastic practices that can be adapted to the life of a layperson as he or she becomes more contemplative in their own surroundings. Fr. Guerric assisted by a team of other experienced Spiritual Mentors will explore a structure to enable the contemplative life lived in the monastery to take root beyond its walls. The retreat will help participants answer the questions: What is a contemplative experience? How is it cultivated? How is it possible to live a more contemplative life in the world today?