UPDATE: Now Accepting Registrations for Week-Long Retreat
As we anticipate changes in the current COVID-19 guidelines from local government and church authorities, OLB is accepting registrations for our Annual Week-Long Spiritual Exercises for Women.
We will communicate directly before this retreat with our registered retreatants about changes to our customary protocols to reflect our on-going COVID 19 concerns (ie: food/dining service, liturgical requirements, social distance practices, etc.).
As per local guidelines, in-person attendance will be limited to 20 people. This limit may be adjusted if restrictions are lifted.
Virtual Option Available
For those who have compromised health situations, register late, or may still have concerns about their personal safety, remote attendance will be available by registering for our Virtual Retreat option.
The Week-Long Retreat
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.
Is it not one of the "signs of the times" that in today's world, despite widespread secularization, there is a widespread demand for spirituality, a demand which expresses itself in large part as a renewed need for prayer? The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point of rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit's touch, resting filially within the Father's heart. This is the lived experience of Christ's promise: He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
6-Day Retreat for Women: July 23-30, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Looking for a Men's week-long retreat?
At present, we only offer this format for women. As interest grows, we hope to expand our programing to offer this longer format for men, as well. Let us know what you think! In the meantime, please consider a weekend format to give your soul the nourishment for which it is longing.
The 6-day spiritual exercises are for those well familiar with mental prayer, silence and the Ignatian spiritual exercises. There are limited moments of preaching when the general direction is given for the day, and then the retreatants pray on their own. The retreat master and other spiritual directors are available for the daily colloquoy to help the retreatants detect the movements of the Holy Spirit.
The general format for the week-long retreat is: daily mass and adoration, 1 exposition on scriptural texts in the morning and 1 in the evening. Every day the retreat master will be available to attend the retreatants in colloquoy 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 spiritual direction.
The content for this longer retreat will be the themes of the Ignatian spiritual exercises. My hopes are that the retreatants will have an atmosphere in which they become more open to the Holy Spirit and better equipped to grow in their understanding of His love language for each of them. This longer format permits more personal prayer time. The preaching moments are meant to provide a general direction for the day, but not replace the retreatant's heart to heart with God. The longer periods of silence may also serve to stretch the soul, thus challenging each one into greater depth and intimacy with God.
Retreat Director: Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC
AS OF 7/21/20
Schedule for the Week
- 6:00 Dinner
- 7:00 Introduction
- 8:00 Eucharistic Celebration
- 8:45 Exposition & Adoration, Points
- 9:15 Night Prayers, Benediction
- 7:00 Morning Prayer in Chapel with silent prayer for meditation
- 7:30 Breakfast
- 10:00 1st Spiritual Exercise: Points for the Day
- 10:45 Personal Prayer
- 12:00 Angelus, Eucharistic Celebration
- 12:45 Lunch, rest
- 4:00 2nd Spiritual Exercise: Conference for the Day
- 4:30 Personal Prayer
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:30 Exposition & Adoration
- Private Prayer
- Gathering of Graces
- Examen Prayer
- Night Prayers
- 8:30 Night Prayers & Benediction
- 7:15 Morning Prayers in chapel
- 7:30 Eucharistic Celebration
- 8:15 Breakfast
- 9:30 Departure
What should I bring?
OLB will provide you with linens, towels & Retreat materials. Here is a list of some things you may want to bring for your comfort:
- Alarm clock
- casual clothes and dressier ones for Sunday Mass
How should I prepare for this retreat?
- To begin this retreat well, we recommend that you try to have a transition period, leaving aside pressures that make the soul a little tense. Try to relax, putting your worries in the tabernacle with Jesus. Being relaxed, in a healthy sense, let's us be more receptive and open to God's part of the conversation. And His part is always the better part.
When should I arrive?
- Arrival time is 5pm on the first evening of the exercises and departure time is after lunch on the final day. Fee free to arrive earlier to begin winding down from a busy schedule and transition into retreat mode.
In-Person Option: $600 per person
In addition to the high-quality programming of our retreats, your registration fee includes retreat materials, meals, and lodging.
Virtual Option: $225 per person
In addition to the high-quality programming of our retreats, your registration fee allows access to technology resources and staff to facilitate your retreat experience.
We are counting on the generosity of some so that anyone can attend our retreats, regardless of financial ability. If you need financial support to attend this retreat please contact our Director of Operations. If you are in a position to assist us in contining to offer our programming please consider making a donation.
We understand that things happen in life requiring you to change your schedule To cancel your registration and request a refund, you must notify us at least 7 days before your scheduled retreat begins. Please keep in mind that all registrations include a non-refundable $75 processing fee. Cancellations made within 7 days of the retreat are 100% non-refundable.