Retreats for Priests

Priests need a chance to recharge their soul, too! 

We offer 5-day and 8-day silent retreats for priests based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

During a Directed Retreat, a conference is given daily to give a summary of suggested meditation themes according to the dynamics of the spiritual exercises.  A spiritual director is assigned to meet with the retreatant daily.  Together they explore the retreatant’s experience of the Holy Spirit guiding the retreatant. 

The Week-Long Spiritual Exercises are for those well familiar with mental prayer, silence and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. This longer format permits more personal prayer time. With longer periods of silence, you are challenged to stretch your soul, thus engage in deeper intimacy with God. 

The preaching moments are meant to provide a general direction for the day, but not replace the retreatant's heart to heart dialogue with God.

With limited moments of preaching, when the general direction is given for the day, the retreatants are free to pray on their own. The retreat master and other spiritual directors are available for the daily colloquy to help the retreatants detect the movements of the Holy Spirit.

8-Day Spiritual Exercises for Priests

Dates

  • July 22-31 | Register
    • Arrival: TBA
    • Departure after breakfast the morning of Wednesday, July 31.
    • Cost: $975 per person until Jul 1, after that $1,025
    • Registratio fee includes single bedroom, meals, retreat booklet & material.
    • Please Note: This retreat will track with a Lay Men's Week-Long retreat.

Tracks: Directed & Preached

This year,  two tracks will be offered to priests with separate leaders; additionally, there will be a lay track coinciding for most of the time (see here for more on the lay track.) All groups will come together for common activities, such as mass, stations, meals, etc.

Track 1:

  • Directed Retreat 
  • Retreat Master:  Fr. Robert Presutti, LC

Track 2:

  • Preached Retreat 
  • Retreat Master:  Fr. Owen Kearns, LC

 

Retreat Director: Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC 

Fr. Peter was born in Syracuse, New York.  He studied Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College in California before entering the Legionaries of Christ in 1977.   He completed his philosophical and theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Fr. Peter received his master’s degree in psychology from Divine Mercy University in 2016.  He has worked in Ireland and Mexico in the Catholic formation of youth and family. He was the founder and director of the Our Lady of Mt. Kisco Retreat & Family Center in New York.  Fr. Peter is currently the Program Director and Chaplain at Our Lady of Bethesda.  He was ordained by St. John Paul II along with his two younger brothers in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1991.  He also has a sister who is a Nashville Dominican.