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Welcome! This page is dedicated to highlighting different types of Spiritual experiences to inform and strengthen our spiritual lives. Some of the offerings may be specifically geared towards Consecrated Religious Life but most will be of interest to any spiritual seeker.

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Offerings From Local Retreat Centers including Online Options, Below!



St. Raphaela Center Haverford, PA

(Philadelphia area suburbs)

Offers seasonal days of prayer (Advent, New Year’s Eve, Lenten, Celtic, Triduum) as well as themed days. Personal overnight retreats, Ignatian retreats, silent directed retreats are available. Spiritual direction available by appointment.

Days of PrayerDates: January  23-25, 28-31; February 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, & 21-22; Cost: $15+ (depending on choice of services- i.e. meals, overnight lodging). Click here for more information and registration link.

Taizé Prayer with Adoration: February 8. Taize prayer 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM, followed by adoration.

Winter Directed Retreat Weekend: (includes a silent retreat option) January 27-29. Click here for more information and registration link.

Silent Contemplative Weekend RetreatFebruary 24-26 (click title for more information)

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center Mendham, New Jersey

(approximately 70 miles from Philadelphia/1.5 hours by car)

Find all 2023 opportunities by clicking here.


For more information about retreats and their cost contact: Call 973-738-4266 Sister Marie Pauline, Director. smpdemek@scceast.org OR Sister Josita Marks, 973-919-8540  josdolphin@gmail.com

Francis House of Prayer Allentown, New Jersey 08501

(approximately 35 miles from Philadelphia/1 hour by car)

Click here for details and registration for all fall retreat days

Offering personal retreat days, silent directed retreat weekends, Centering Prayer weekends and more


ONE DAY OFFERINGS– contains all winter offerings

Click title to register for any  One-day offering

Personal Retreat Days: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.   Take a day away from the busyness of your life. Come to Francis House for silence, personal prayer and optional spiritual direction. The day begins and ends with a brief prayer together. Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction. Please bring your lunch.

7-Day Silent, Directed Retreats.   Receive the healing and transforming grace of seven days with God, savoring the silence and prayer that open your whole being to God’s Word and Presence. Daily liturgy, spiritual direction and optional Centering Prayer periods are included. Donation: $575/$75 non-refundable deposit with registration.

Cranaleith Spiritual Center-   Somerton Section of Philadelphia.

Overnight Retreat Opportunities 

Overnight, Silent, Directed Retreat. Mary Anne Nolan, RSM.

Retreat Centers at a Distance

The Center at Mariandale Ossining, New York

(approx. 2 hours, 20 minutes from Philadelphia)

Offers a wide variety of retreats, one day, and longer, both in person and by Zoom.

Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center Marriottsville, MD

(approximately 150 miles from Philadelphia, 3 hours by car)

Virtual Quiet Mornings  Each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and the 4th Saturday, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Quiet mornings provide an opportunity for quiet – for reflection, prayer, listening, presence – in common with others.

Virtual Centering Prayer  Held VIRTUALLY on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month, 1-2pm. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer, in which one abides in the Presence of God in interior silence.

In-Person, Evening Centering Prayer Session  Held in person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-2pm and on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm.

Events at this retreat center tend to sell out. The full calendar is available at the link above.

Mercy by the Sea   Madison, CT

(approximately 180 miles from Philadelphia /3.5 hours by car)

Mercy by the Sea believes in the sacred nature of the individual and all of creation. Our programs, retreats and events encourage individuals to listen into and trust the still inner voice.

up to-$$$$     Directed, Themed and Private Retreats 

$        Short, On-line Programs

Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House Gloucester, MA

(approximately 335 miles from Philadelphia/ 6 hours)

$$ – $$$$       Directed, Guided and Private Retreats