Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

 

What is a “silent” retreat?

A silent retreat (directed, private, or preached) provides time to get away from the often-hectic pace of daily life and give undivided attention to reflection and prayer. Retreatants enter into silence at the start of their retreat and remain silent (including meals) throughout their stay, except during conferences with their spiritual director and their participation in the celebration of Eucharist.

 

Is there a daily schedule for retreatants?

Retreat structure varies according to the program: directed retreats offer one meeting each day with a spiritual director; private retreats focus on personal reflection and prayer without a director; and preached retreats (including weekend retreats) feature two conference talks each morning and afternoon. All retreats provide ample time for solitude, relaxing, reading, thinking, and praying. Eucharist is celebrated once each day, usually at 11:30 a.m.

 

Meal times are scheduled as follows:

 

Breakfast—8:00 a.m. • Lunch—12:00 noon • Dinner—5:30 p.m.

 

What should I bring?

Personal items, casual clothing, comfortable shoes for walking, and perhaps a good book or two. Note: the retreat house bookstore offers a good selection of inspirational books for purchase.

 

Do any of the rooms have private baths?

No; each of the forty-five single private rooms is equipped with a bed, desk, chair, sink, and a set of bath towels and bed linens. Bathroom and shower facilities are centrally located on each corridor.

 

What if I get hungry between meals?

Complimentary beverages, fruit, and light snacks are always available in the main dining room.