How much does it cost to make a retreat at St. Anthony's?
The offering for most weekend programs is $185 per person. The offering includes a private room with a shared bathroom down the hall, linens and towels, and six delicious buffet-style meals. Occasionally, some programs carry an additional fee to accommodate the expenses incurred by using an outside facilitator.
Private and directed retreats carry a different fee structure. A private room is $45 ($65 for a suite) per night for single occupancy, with meals between $20 and $30 a day.
Contact our office for details on any specific program. If you need to discuss special financial arrangements, please contact us. We make every effort to work with persons in financial difficulty to enable them to take part in our programs.
What happens during a retreat weekend?
A typical retreat weekend begins with a 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. supper on Friday evening. Throughout the weekend a number of conferences are given, typically between three and five. Prayer experiences are led by staff members and liturgy is provided. Ample time is allotted for personal prayer, reflection, and rest. The programs usually conclude with the noon meal following the Sunday morning liturgy.
What do I need to bring with me when I come on retreat?
We provide you with a private room, linens, towels, and soap. We recommend you bring casual clothing appropriate to the weather as well as any toiletries or other personal items you may desire. Many retreatants also bring books, journals, or other reflection materials along with them.
Are non-Catholics welcome?
People of many faith traditions frequently ask this question, and the answer is a resounding “YES!” People from many different faith backgrounds frequently DO attend our programs. It is our desire to provide an environment of hospitality to all who come seeking a relationship with God.
What is a silent retreat?
A silent retreat is one in which we request those attending to maintain silence from after the opening orientation session until the closing liturgy. An atmosphere of silence promotes an environment of deep listening. Such deep listening is useful for rest of body and soul, and attentiveness to the presence and action of God. Please note not all of our retreats are silent, but those that are will be labeled as such.
Is it possible to come on retreat at times other than those on the schedule?
Yes. In fact, this type of retreat is very popular at St. Anthony’s. The option is available to come for a private retreat for personal self-directed solitude and prayer time, or for a directed retreat where a spiritual guide or companion travels through your days of retreat with you. Please check with the office regarding available dates. You can come for a few hours or up to several days.