Retreats for Men

We offer silent retreats for men that focus on the Gospels and the fullness of the Catholic faith, opening the soul to the transforming power of grace. Preached by Legionary of Christ priests, many of our retreats are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The general format of these retreats is comprised of guided meditations, private reflection, Mass, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction. These retreats can help anyone to focus on important aspects of growth in the spiritual life, such as deeper self-knowledge, discernment of God’s will, and finding a way to follow Christ  more closely.

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Monthly Evenings of Reflection for Men

Join us each month for a refreshing opportunity to connect with Christ and others.


  • The first Wednesday of every month, (September-June) unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. See below for specific dates.
  • Time: 7:00-9:30 pm


Each session includes Mass, Directed Meditation, Time for Quiet Reflection and confessions, and a delicious dinner.

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  • Per session: $25 per person. Register for selected dates below

Registration Required. No walk-ins, please. Registration will close on Monday prior to the event.

Upcoming Dates (Topics TBA)

  • February 7, 2024 | The Eucharist Foreshadowed in the Old Testament| Register
  • March 6, 2024 | The Real Presence | Register
  • April 3, 2024 | Making the Pascal Mystery Present | Register
  • May 1, 2024 | Mary and the Eucharist | Register
  • June 5, 2024  The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist | Register


Experience the essentials of the Spiritual Exercises in this intense weekend experience.

If you have never been on a silent retreat or if this is your first time doing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, we recommend this classic weekend experience. 

Great for first-timers and those whose busy schedules won’t allow more than a weekend, this version is designed to walk you through the dynamics of the exercises with several guided meditations and conferences, as well as time for personal prayer. It's perfect for those who are learning to incorporate the program of life and a daily prayer routine into daily living. 


  • May 17-19, 2024 | Register
    • SUPER Spirits and Service Weekend Retreat for Men
      • Join us for a special weekend retreat for men that will highlight effective ways to balance work and prayer in your life.
      • Cost: $0 -- SWEAT EQUITY -- This event is free to attend. We ask only your participation in the weekend projects that will improve the Retreat Center. Optional monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Aug 16-18, 2024 | Register
    • Summer Retreat for Men (Fri-Sun) 
      • Cost: $318 until Aug 6, after that $368
  • Dec 13-15, 2024 | Register
    • Advent Retreat for Men (Fri-Sun)
      • Cost: $318 until Dec 3, after that $368

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Experience the essentials of the Spiritual Exercises in this abbreviated one-night retreat!

This one-night retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises and is designed to provide a rejuvenating experience with a more convenient schedule. Our retreat is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the daily grind and focus on spiritual reflection and growth. 


Upcoming Dates

  •  Aug 17-18  | Register
    (Early-Bird deadline: Aug 9)

  • Oct 19-20  | Register
    (Early-Bird deadline: Oct 11)



  • Arrival: Saturday, 4:30pm
  • Departure: Sunday, 5:30pm


  • $159 per person, if registered by Early-Bird date.

Great for first-timers and those whose busy schedules, this version is designed to walk you through the dynamics of the exercises with several guided meditations and conferences, as well as time for personal prayer. It's perfect for those who are learning to incorporate the program of life and a daily prayer routine into daily living. 


Need some time away? Sometimes you just need a little personal time away from the world. Or, maybe a weekend retreat just won't fit your schedule.

Well, we have the perfect thing for you! Click below to find more information about our Personal Retreat Days and upcoming dates!

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The 2024 Week-Long Spiritual Exercises for Men

Mark Your Calendars!

July 22-28, 2024


Cost: $675 per person until Jul 1, after that $725


Enjoy six full days of prayer!

  • Arrival is Monday, July 22, anytime after 3:30pm; dinner will be at 6:00pm. 
    Departure will be after breakfast the morning of Sunday, July 28.

  • Preacher: Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC

This format is worth the investment! You will have a hard time settling for anything less once you have experienced the intimacy and familiarity with God that comes from spending an entire week devoted to speaking and listening to Him. 





  • Daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration
  • Each day, the retreat master will be available to attend the retreatants in colloquy or dialogue. The purpose of this dialogue is to help the retreatant perceive the motions of the Holy Spirit during the week and follow His lead.
  • Confession is always available and encouraged, as well as meeting in a spiritual direction. 

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.  


A service/social event for men! This is a meaningful way to support the Retreat Center and have some fun along the way.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Jun 7-8  Spirits & Service Service/Social Weekend 
  • Sep 20-21  Spirits & Service Service/Social Weekend
  • Oct 25-27 SUPER Spirits & Service Service Retreat | Learn more

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Gentlemen who are interested are asked to register so that we can properly prepare.

To register or to get more details please contact Charlie McCullough at 703-969-2930

Information about Regnum Christi and upcoming Renewal Retreats can be found at the link below.

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Living the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life Retreat
(AKA: the 19th annotation) 

In-Person and On-Line Options!

Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center now offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola as a nine-twelve month retreat in your daily life.

The 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life is a powerful tool for spiritual growth and renewal. St. Ignatius envisioned that the Spiritual Exercises could be done in a variety of formats, depending upon one’s state in life and availability of time. The "Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life" is based on his 19th introductory note in the text of the Spiritual Exercises, where he explains that a person can make the Spiritual Exercises in their daily life amid their ordinary occupations.

Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon so that we can get you started.


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