Incredible place to meet God! Gorgeous venue of peace and tranquility. Excellent spiritual guidance and welcoming community. Accommodations are great with private rooms, each private bath and shower, private balconies (most rooms), a nice desk and comfy chair
I'm a presbyterian and haven't been to many catholic retreat houses but I have to say this place is amazing. Father Campbell, the director, is a warm and gracious host. He welcomed us as retreat coordinator (and standup comic) to something I hadn't even thought was possible for me: a 30 day silent retreat! That's a long time for me to be quiet but it was a long term goal for me, truly once-in-a-lifetime.
Making The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius has been a profoundly transformative experience for me. I haven’t felt this much joy and this much confidence in God since 1978, when I first met Jesus personally. God has been persistent with me through the years, yet the Exercises have become a "cannonball moment," propelling me into a much deeper friendship with Jesus. This feels truly life-changing.
Joan McCarthy, my spiritual director, has a passion and love for The Spiritual Exercises that were evident in every interaction we had. Her ability to understand and read me was remarkable, and her attentive ear to the prompting of the Spirit made this experience all the more special.
I have to say one of the highlights was the food. Truly the best "institutional" food service I have ever experienced. The meals are hot, fresh and delicious. Lots of variety and the vegetables are not overcooked! Their baked cod is as good as any restaurant. Love having a salad bar available at every meal but often the special salads on the buffet are so good that I don't bother. I'm pescaterain and pretty good at eating at a buffet and avoiding meat, but Dan Ryan and his team never let that happen. If there wasn't a good fish or vegetable main, there was always a plate of something cooked up just for me with my name on it. Made me feel special. And I know they deal with lots of food preferences/restrictions--not just mine. Really added to my retreat experience.
I look forward to returning for a, less disruptive, eight-day retreat in the future! --David
The retreat atmosphere is perfect. I love the natural setting and the quiet. The meals were great and my room was comfortable. ~Joseph
Dining room well cared for. Lots of space. Food carefully planned ~ a few treats like blueberry pancakes or scrambled eggs. Generally healthy and plenty. ~ Connie
"The natural beauty of this place is breathtaking. The grounds are well maintained and cared for. The needs of the retreants were anticipated and there was nothing left unattended. "
July 9 retreatant
Good morning - having just returned from my
retreat, I'm reflecting on the wooden cross that I purchased. I remember that gracious pine tree and am happy to have a remnant of it.
I just attended the year end retreat, and it was wonderful. I did want to comment that I missed the opportunity to talk with others at the first meal. Silence the rest of the time was wonderful as was a talking lunch at the conclusion. I would comment that there is value in continuing the tradition of talking at the first and last meal at the retreats. The retreat was a very meaningful way to spend the last few days of 2022.
You have a point
That drives it all home:
Be patient, be still
Like a quiet cove
Alive yet peaceful
Be kind to yourself
Knowing tides ebb often
Rising back with certainty
Be scared yet nimble
Like a startled jackrabbit
Bounding to safety
Be humble and bow down
As God’s dutiful servant
And as merely a speck
In the vastness of the stars
Be brave and tenacious
Like a hungry seagull
Intent on finding its prize
Be playful and agile
Like a darting barn swallow
Singing/laughing with friends
Be and be and be
A light that shines
Like a glorious sunrise
Bursting forth a new day
Be silent to let go
Of the voices in your head
And let sing the inner one
Harmonized with this point
Called Eastern Point
Where we pray and pray
Along the sacred shores
With kind kindred spirits
Saying THANK YOU
With your whole heart
"God's beauty surrounds this place. The ocean, the trees [and] the grounds bring us to prayer."
"The outdoor beauty was a clarion call to contemplation. The silence within the house added to the soul stillness."
"A holy atmosphere filled with kindness, sympathy, reverence. Very beautiful."
"The masses were intimate and peaceful and loving."
"The atmosphere both in the house and on the grounds was peaceful and loving. Silence was constantly respected."
"Absolutely beautiful! The silence is so special and sets the stage for deep prayer."
"The silence was wonder-filled and healing throughout the house and outside as well. Having [a lit] fire occasionally at night was a special gift and enhanced the day's prayer."
"Quiet, friendly, conducive to the shared experience of seeking a deeper connection to God."
"[The liturgies were] thoughtfully prepared and conducted. Homilies were helpful in their variety."
"I love the silence and the solitude, the grandeur of God's creation, the hospitality of this house. These are pure gifts"
"Joyful! Restful and renewing, peaceful and prayerful.
"The liturgies were well done. The homilies were excellent."
"Beautiful space. Magnificent views and grounds. Warm and inviting House.
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