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Retreat Descriptions

We invite you to a quiet atmosphere of sacred silence for you to encounter God, engage in quiet reflection and find rest in the beauty of 80 acres of gently rolling meadows and wooded countryside.

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Ignatian, Silent Retreats for Men and Women

A weekend retreat at Bellarmine is a special time to invite silence into your soul and to rest in quiet communion with God. After meeting other retreatants over dinner the first evening, the silence begins as you quietly enter the Sacred Heart Chapel. The Retreat Master will give the first of a series of talks founded on St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. These thematic talks will guide you as you listen for God’s voice in the stillness of your heart.

The Sacred Heart Chapel, peaceful lounges, library, private bedrooms and grounds each offer a peaceful and sacred space to contemplate God’s loving presence in your life. Our staff is committed to providing you with a comfortable environment conducive to peaceful prayer and quiet reflection.

Throughout your stay at Bellarmine, you can choose to enhance your retreat experience by participating in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, praying the Rosary, walking the Stations of the Cross and spending time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.

Day and Evening Spirituality Programs for Men and Women

A day or evening program, grounded in the Jesuit tradition, is a shorter version of the Silent, Ignatian Weekend Retreat.  Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, a day or evening program is sure to give you the peace and serenity needed to be still and to rest in God's loving embrace.

Your day or evening program includes thematic talks from our skilled Retreat Masters, time for private prayer, celebration of Mass and a meal.

Recovery Retreats for Men and Women

Bellarmine offers 12-Step retreats for those in recovery and for their friends and family, known as "Bill W" retreats.  These retreats invite those who are working the 12-Steps to continue their journey in company with others. Retreatants must be sober for 30 days to attend this retreat.

A Retreat Master leads the retreat and prepares thematic talks rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the 12-Step Program.  The retreat offers a unique time away with optional opportunities for a 12-Step meeting, confession, Mass, consultation with a spiritual director, and group prayer experiences. Recovery Retreats end after the 11:30 am lunch.  

A recent retreatant, Tony, says about the Bill W Retreat, "For 20 years, it has been a major part of my sobriety."

Individually Directed Retreats

Twice each summer, Bellarmine offers five to eight days of stillness and prayer during a silent individually directed retreat. Paired with a spiritual director highly experienced in facilitating the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, retreatants embark on a prayer journey to help them focus on God’s activity stirring in the depths of their hearts.  Each person’s retreat follows a unique path with Christ.

The retreat includes daily celebration of the Eucharist, daily one-on-one meetings with a spiritual director, and personal time to rest, pray, and reflect in the sacred spaces and beautiful grounds of Bellarmine.

Coming Home Retreats for Veterans and their Families

Bellarmine offers a day-long retreat for men and women (and their adult family members) to pray and reflect on their military experiences in a safe environment.  The “Coming Home” Retreat offers a reflection on the transitions to and from military life.  You’ll spend a day away with others who understand what you have experienced.  This retreat is for all interested individuals, regardless of their current faith practices.  The retreat offers prayer experiences and opportunities to dialogue with others.

Private Retreats

Private retreats invite one to experience time alone with God amidst the prayerful silence for a day or overnight stay. We can arrange for private retreatants to meet with a confessor or spiritual director if desired and schedules permit. The availability of private retreats is limited. Please call our office to check availability.