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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!

Sisters’ Preached Retreat- new for 2022-

Malvern Retreat House is offering an 8-day preached retreat from July 8- July 15. Cost $550. View flyer here.. For more information click here.

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center Mendham, New Jersey

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

Summer Retreat Opportunities

find all 2022 opportunities by clicking here.

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center is offering 6-8 day summer retreats for Lay women and men, Religious women and men, Priests, and anyone desiring to deepen their relationship with God. Link to flyers for each title.

DIRECTED RETREAT: June 21-28, 2022. Directors: Carol Makravitz, SCC, Teresa Skierkowski, SCC, Paul Sullivan, SJ. This six day Ignatian directed retreat is an invitation to reflect on how we are meeting God in our prayer and in our life experiences. Retreatants will have the opportunity to meet daily with a director to share their prayer and help them develop a deeper and richer relationship with God.  Liturgy is celebrated daily and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. Cost

GUIDED RETREAT: July 15-21, 2022. Facilitator: Chris Koellhoffer, IHM. This guided retreat will offer prayer and input, handouts for reflection, times of stillness and sharing. Please bring a Bible, a journal, and your own listening heart. Sister engages in mobile spirituality ministry throughout the United States and Canada, offering retreats and presentations on the road. Visit her blog, Mining the Now, at chriskoellhofferihm.org. Cost

PREACHED RETREAT:  August 7-14, 2022. Facilitator: Lawrence Lewis, M.M. Ph.D. Theme:  Waiting – Perception – Prayer. Cost

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)

Most of the following are listed on this page.

Click here for the registration link.

Personal Retreat Days: Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  June 1.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.

Silent Directed Retreat Weekends. 7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM June 3-5. Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included. Please register early. These fill quickly. Led by S. Marcy and Guest Directors. Donation: $165/$65 non-refundable deposit with registration.

7-Day Silent, Directed Retreats. Remaining dates: June 19 – 26, June 27 – July 4, July 17 – 24, August 17 – 24, September 18 – 25, October 23 – 30. 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.

5-Day Centering Prayer Retreat. July 31 – August 7, July 24 – 29,  August 9 – 14. Donation: $400; $60 non-refundable deposit with registration.

Images of God in Teilhard and Merton. June 12 – 17. Led by S. Kathy Duffy, SSJ. Donation: $400/$60 non-refundable deposit. Commuters welcome, meals included.

One Day Offerings

G.K. CHESTERTON:  THE FUNDAMENTAL DISPOSITION OF JOY.  Monday, June 6. 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $25, includes lunch; Zoom $20

GOD’S EVER-PRESENT LOVE IN MOTION. IN-PERSON ONLY. Wednesday, June 8. 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Led by Bernadette Citarella. Donation: $25, includes lunch.

SATURATED IN GOD’S LOVE. IN-PERSON ONLY. Friday, June 10. 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $25 with lunch.

DISCERNMENT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR WORLD! Friday, June 10. 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $35 includes lunch; Zoom $30.

Cranaleith Spiritual Center-   Somerton Section of Philadelphia.

Day Programs

Click on titles to register and for more details.

Dance in the Forest: Thomas Merton & Eco-spirituality (onsite).Christine A. Hearn. June 4, 2022

Confrontation & Troublemaking: Gospel Perspectives, four-part series (online). Bernadette Rudolph. June 7 – 28, 2022.The Rules of Engagement –  part 1 June 7; Someone I Love Is Saying Outrageous Things –  part 2 June 14; Cancel Culture, Compromise and Grit – part 3 June 21; It’s Not All Up to Us- part 4 June 28.

Call and Response: A Day of Storytelling and Music-making (onsite). Timothy Simmons. June 25, 2022.

Overnight Retreat Opportunities 

Finding God Abiding: An Overnight Retreat (onsite). Christine Marie Eberle. July 22 – 23, 2022. Walk with Christine through the four movements of her new book to see the narrative of grace at work in your life. includes communal prayer, presentation, conversation and reflective silence.

Overnight, Silent, Directed Retreat. Mary Anne Nolan, RSM.  August 12-13, October 28-29. What might happen if you took twenty-four hours to enter into the quiet and stillness with God? Allow yourself the opportunity for spiritual renewal.

7-Day Directed Silent Retreat. Maria DiBello, RSM, Mary Trainer, RSM and Bernadette Rudolph. June 17 – 24, 2022. In sustained stillness, silt has time to settle and the water becomes clear.  Rest can mend the tired mind and bones.  Like Elijah, you can at last hear God in the still, small whisper.

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.

Refreshing Summer Solitude. Silent directed retreat. June 26-July 3. 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.

Re-Imaging Prayer: A Women’s Retreat JUNE 10 @ 3:00 PM – JUNE 12 @ 11:30 AM. Guided by Linda Mastro.

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