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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!



A self-directed retreat with inspiring music and video reflections. The updated retreat includes:
  • twenty video reflections
  • a song for prayer with each reflection
  • a digital retreat workbook/journal
  • the opportunity to join a live Zoom conversation with Dan and other retreatants
  • access to all the retreat content for the entire month of October.
  • the ability to give the gift of the retreat to a friend or family member.

Learn more here.

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.

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.

Tending the World: Belonging, Loving, Forgiving. Saturday, October 29, 2022. 10am-3:30pm. $50 In-Person or Zoom $25. Facilitator: Connie Daniel, Ph.D. (click title for .pdf flyer and registration form)

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 fall offerings

Click title to register for any September One-day offering

THE KINDNESS OF OUR GOD: MEDITATIONS WITH MEISTER ECKHART. Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $25, includes materials and lunch. Zoom: $20.

DELIGHT IN GOD: A MORNING WITH ST. HILDEGARD OF BINGEN. Thursday, September 29. 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $25, includes materials and lunch. Zoom: $20.

PROTECTED BY GOD’S LOVE. Thursday, September 29, 9:30 AM – Noon. Led by S. Marie O’Hagan. Donation: $20.

THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX:  A MENTOR FOR TODAY’S RESTLESS HEARTS. Friday, September 30, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Led by Marisa Guerin, PhD. Donation: $35, includes lunch; Zoom $30.

Personal Retreat Days: 2nd 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.  September 18 – 25, October 16 – 23. 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.

Evening of Contemplative Prayer (online). Maria DiBello, RSM. Mondays-September 12, 2022 – May 22,  2023, 7-8:30pm. Free.

The Enneagram: A Tool for Spiritual Growth (online). Nicholas Collura. September 12 – October 3, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm. $75. Online.

Practicing Yoga off the Mat (onsite). Melissa Gyuraki. Saturday, September 24, 2022. 9:30am-Noon. $32.

Overnight Retreat Opportunities 

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


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