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We honour the priority of our waiting lists. If you must cancel please call early.

Refunds, excluding deposits, are provided only when cancellation notice is received two weeks prior to the date of the event.

Retreats are a time for persons of all walks of life to come away from ordinary daily activities in order to rest, pray and reflect in an atmosphere of silence.

Directed Retreats provide an opportunity for daily one-on-one spiritual direction. Individuals unable to make a longer directed retreat are welcome to come for a shorter period.

Guided Retreats are presented in a group setting by a facilitator(s) who gives daily presentations, offering themes and/or Scripture passages for prayer and reflection. Retreatants come together daily to share the fruits of their prayer and reflection.

Preached Retreats are also presented in a group setting by a director who gives one or two talks a day, suggesting themes and/or Scripture passages for prayer and reflection. Retreatants may have the opportunity to meet individually with the director during the retreat.

Private Retreats may be planned and arranged by the individual, and made with or without one-on-one spiritual direction. Most private retreats at the Centre are arranged during regularly scheduled retreats and according to retreat rates.

Requests for Private Directed Retreats outside of regularly scheduled retreat times should be made at least one month prior and will depend upon the availability of a team member.


April 2014

Holy Week Directed Retreat
Tue Apr 15, 4 PM – Sun Apr 20, 1 PM ** $345

Thu Apr 17, 2 PM – Sun Apr 20, 1 PM ** $225
Register by Tue Apr 1
PSC Team

June 2014

June Guided Retreat:
“Forgiveness and Reconciliation: The Great Work of Love in a Wounded World”

Wed Jun 4, 4 PM – Wed Jun 11, 1 PM
Register by Wed May 21 ** $525
Sr. Catherine Nerney, SSJ

At the heart of the human journey to forgive and reconcile lies a divine gift. Come, open yourself to the healing grace that God so longs to give to each of us personally for the sake of all of us, and for the sake of this wounded world that our God so loves. Grounded in God’s gifts of incarnation and grace, this retreat will focus on stories, divine and human, through which we hope to recognize the face of the Living God, beckoning us to receive the gift and share the great work of love that is forgiveness and reconciliation.

Catherine T. Nerney, a Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and also serves as Director of The Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College. Author of many articles born of her expertise as theologian and retreat facilitator, Dr. Nerney, has facilitated numerous weekend seminars and several summer retreats on Forgiveness and Reconciliation in a Wounded World. The journey to reconciliation that everyday people are walking now influences everything that Cathy has to say.

June Directed Retreat
Wed Jun 4, 4 PM – Wed Jun 11, 1 PM
Register by Wed May 21 ** $495 or $75/day
PSC Team

July 2014

July Guided Retreat:
“Gratefulness – A Pathway to God”

Wed Jul 9, 4 PM – Wed Jul 16, 1 PM
Register by Wed Jun 25 ** $525
Sr. Jeannette Filthaut, SP

Mary’s “Fiat” – her “Yes” to God, was the appropriate answer of gratefulness on her pathway to God. During this Guided Retreat we will pray with people from the Old and New Testament Scriptures, as well as prophets and mystics from history and contemporary times who have gratefully lived their “Yes” to God. Gift yourself with some reflective time to discover how you have lived your own “yes” to God. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”

Sister Jeannette Filthaut SP, a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, is a spiritual director and process facilitator with many years of experience in guiding and directing people on their personal pathway to God.

July Directed Retreat
Wed Jul 9, 4 PM – Wed Jul 16, 1 PM
Register by Wed Jun 25 ** $495 or $75/day
PSC Team

September 2014

Overnight Retreat:
“Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus”

Fri Sep 26, 4 PM – Sat Sep 27, 4 PM
Register by Fri Sep 12 * $75
Bill Gervais

As we move from the easy living of summer to the busyness of autumn, we may find that our work, paying the bills, cooking, cleaning, and chauffeuring the kids has diverted our attention from the source of our life – the risen Jesus. This overnight retreat will draw on scripture, prayer, reflection, and dialogue to help participants ‘to look to Jesus’ and avoid growing weary or losing heart in the circumstances of our lives. (Hebrews 12.1-4)

Bill Gervais is a diocesan deacon serving in Kingston as a Pastoral Minister at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Blessed Sacrament in Amherstview. He has advanced degrees in pastoral ministry and spirituality. He has served as Director of Pastoral Care services at Hotel Dieu Hospital and more recently has been involved in retreat work, spiritual direction, diaconal formation, and authors a monthly religion column in the Kingston Whig Standard.

October 2014

October Directed Retreat
Wed Oct 22, 4 PM – Wed Oct 29, 1 PM
Register by Wed Oct 8 ** $495 or $75/day
Fr. Bill Brennen & PSC Team

Bill Brennan grew up in a farming family in Johnville, New Brunswick. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint John, NB in May of 1985. Since then he has served in parishes throughout the diocese. He was also the Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry for 5 years and had a 7 year term as Chaplain at St. Thomas University. He is trained in the ministry of Spiritual Direction which opens many invitations to accompany people in prayer companioning as well as serving on teams who facilitate and guide retreats. He is presently the pastor at St. Dunstan’s Parish in Fredericton.