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Retreats: Spiritual spas for the soul
St. Benedict Lodge photo
A statue of St. Dominic at the St. Bendict Retreat.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey photo
The Trappist Guest House in Carlton.
Clarice KeatingA retreat is a spiritual spa for your soul, according to the folks at Our Lady of Peace retreat house.
Of the Catholic Sentinel
“It is your spiritual home away from home where you can be alone with God and experience for yourself God’s awesome love and peace,” reads the retreat website.
Catholics go on retreats for many reasons: To deepen their relationship with God; for personal reflection; to seek God’s healing grace; for spiritual renewal; or to contemplate a difficult decision.
There are many locations in the Archdiocese of Portland to organize and attend private retreats, or to take part in structured retreats that are offered by clergy, Religious or another organization.
Included is a list of some of the Archdiocese of Portland’s retreat resources. For a complete list, consult the 2014 Oregon Catholic Directory.
Bethany Center, Beaverton
4440 SW 148th Ave.
503- 644-9181 ext. 1268
Established by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1990, the center provides learning opportunities, personal and social transformation. The Sisters foster an atmosphere of hospitality, spiritual refreshment and learning.
Professionals lead seminars in topics such as comparative religions, spirituality and the environment, domestic violence, grief and dying, homelessness, sacramental theology and servant leadership.
Father Bernard Youth Center, Mount Angel
980 South Main St.
The primary mission of the Father Bernard Youth Center is "to provide a special place for prayer and personal growth, focused on assisting youth and their mentors in their spiritual development,” but it is open throughout the year for retreats. The 15,000-square-foot facility is set to the faith-filled backdrop in Mount Angel, which includes Mount Angel Abbey, St. Mary Church, Queen of Angel's Monastery, and the Carmelite, Missionaries of the Holy Spirit and St. John Society houses of study, provide a excellent chance to deepen faith and see the Church in action.
Franciscan Spiritual Center, Milwaukie
2512 SE Monroe St.
The urban Franciscan Spiritual Center sanctuary has two bedrooms available for personal overnight mini-retreats. Retreatants experience Franciscan hospitality and spend time in silence, solitude and rest.
Spiritual direction is available during the stay. Arrangements should be made with the director prior, and programs are often offered on the premises.
Additional retreats are organized through the center, such as the Franciscan Hermitage Experience: a four-day silent retreat for participants of all faith traditions to enter deeply into the presence of Jesus through the spirituality of St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi with song, scripture, reflections, readings and poetry. That retreat is set for May 23-26, 2014, at the Alton Collins Retreat Center.
Griffin Center, Milwaukie
11957 SE Fuller Road
Manager: Heather Wycoff
The Griffin Center was completely remodeled in 2003 to act as a retreat house, and education and conference center. The center also houses the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Ministry Formation, which has a mission to educate lay ministers. The campus offers a quiet atmosphere for staff retreats or meetings.
The center is named for Father Bert Griffin, priest, pastor, and theologian who, from 1957 until his death, held a number of assignments throughout the archdiocese.
The Grotto, Portland
8840 NE Skidmore St.
Coordinator: Servite Father Ignatius Kissel
Individuals, families or groups, together with a spiritual director, may design a daylong or multi-day retreat that includes faith sharing, contemplative prayer and silence. Affordable lodging is available near The Grotto for those who wish to make overnight retreats.
Structured retreats reflecting certain liturgical seasons or topics are offered periodically. Costs vary.
On the Grotto’s grounds, the Servite monastery hosts private or directed retreats for clergy, Religious or seminarians.
Mount Angel Retreat House, St. Benedict
One Abbey Drive
Guest master: Father Pius X Harding
Men and woman of all faiths are welcomed to spend time in prayer and reflection at the Abbey Guest House. Retreatants can experience for themselves the peaceful Benedictine monastic life. The Abbey Church is open and visitors are encouraged to join the monks for prayer services. Psalms, canticles, antiphons and prayers are sung and recited at various times throughout the day.
The Retreat House includes a coffee bar and lounge on the main floor, where many visitors find a cozy spot to read quietly. Visitors can spend time in silent meditation and reading areas, or explore the Abbey Library.
Along the hilltop are outdoor walking areas, including the Stations of the Cross that run parallel to Abbey Drive. The statues, from Munich, Germany, were donated to the monks of the Abbey in 1889.
Upcoming Oblate Program offerings and retreats include the Benedictine Oblate Retreat (Jan. 31-Feb. 2); Monastic Living Retreat (April 9-13); St. Benedict Day Oblate Family Weekend (July 11-13); and an Oblate Leadership Conference (July 14-16.
Namasté, various locations
Contact: Sister Patricia McCrann
In partnership with the Sisters of Holy Names, Namasté offers three locations for rest and renewal: the House of Solitude on the east fork of the Lewis River in Southwest Washington; and Redwood Cottage and Sequoia Retreat Room in Oregon City.
Namasté was founded in 1985 by Sister Patricia Donovan McCrann to provide affordable opportunities for rest, renewal and spiritual exploration in a comfortable environment.
The House of Solitude, about an hour north of Portland, welcomes up to four adult guests. The two-story, A-frame house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and living room. Each bedroom has a private deck looking towards the natural woodland or gently flowing river.
Built in 2012 according to the guidelines of the Living Building Challenge, the Redwood Cottage features straw bale insulation, adobe interior and redwood ceiling. This 584-square-foot Cottage is suited for one person desiring a peaceful retreat space.
The Sequoia Retreat Room is located on the lower level of a split-level residence. With a private entrance, this living/dining area is a comfortable setting for a group of up to 10 people.
Our Lady of Peace Retreat House, Beaverton
600 SW 170th Ave.
A Franciscan sacred place, Our Lady of Peace Retreat House was established in 1953 and has since offered a place for visitors to be alone with God and experience his love and peace. An upcoming Women’s Silent Retreat, with Father Brian Mullady, runs Feb. 21-23.
St. Benedict Lodge, McKenzie Bridge
56630 N Bank Road
The 80-acre riverside retreat center, operated by the Dominican Fathers, is located one-hour’s drive east of Eugene. Every year, the lodge sponsors a Holy Week Retreat, as well as various women's prayer days (next one March 4) and a women's weekend retreat every September. Though High school and college groups, as well as 12-step groups, reserve the entire facility for many weekends throughout the year, there are five private cabins available for individuals or small groups/families that can be reserved.
Daily Mass and Divine Office are celebrated each day in the special chapel that has become a place of pilgrimage for people throughout Central Oregon. The chapel is open for prayer every day of the year.
St. Rita Retreat Center, Gold Hill
P.O. Box 310/10800 Blackwell Road,
Located on a wooded hillside overlooking the Rogue River Valley in southern Oregon, this is a retreat center of the Archdiocese of Portland with a mission to provide space for people to develop and grow in a living relationship with God by means of the spiritual retreats.
Midway between Grants Pass and Medford, the center is situated on 62 acres on the side of Gold Hill mountain, offering a scenic setting for spiritual nourishment with spaces for meditation, views across the valleys, landscaped gardens, outdoor Stations of the Cross and walking trails in a natural environment.
Built by and for the Catholics of Southern Oregon Vicariate, the center is open to all groups who share our goals of seeking a deeper relationship with God.
Shalom Prayer Center, Mount Angel
840 S Main St.
A ministry of Queen of Angels Monastery, Shalom Prayer Center is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus as expressed in the tradition of Benedictine spirituality. Shalom provides a peaceful environment where people of all faiths and cultural traditions are welcome to seek wholeness and deepen their relationship with God.
Shalom offers the following programs: spiritual direction; spiritual direction training; spiritual direction supervision; and group conferencing.
Shalom hosts a variety of retreats for personal and spiritual development. Guests are encouraged to attend the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist with the Benedictine Sisters, and they also can walk and meditate in the indoor and outdoor labyrinths.
Trappist Guest House, Carlton
9200 NE Abbey Road,
In order to share their monastic way of life, the Trappists at Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey offers private retreats to both men and women. Guesthouse retreats are undirected, however monks are available for a spiritual direction session upon request. A library is available as well as a wide assortment of audiotapes at Bethany House. Small rooms are also available for day use.
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