Retreats to feature Benedictine Spirituality

2024 Encountering Christ Retreats

Benedictine Spirituality

You have most likely heard of Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. Conception Abbey is now offering a series of retreats rooted in Benedictine Spirituality. These Benedictine Retreats focus on addressing the greatest hunger for today’s Catholics and are aptly named, “Encountering Christ” retreats. These retreats aim to help the retreatant encounter Jesus Christ in prayer and experience the peace that He alone offers.

A Benedictine Retreat
Our Benedictine Retreats draw from more than 1500 years of wisdom in the Benedictine tradition and are rooted in the principles outlined by St. Benedict in his Holy Rule.

The Structure of the Retreat
Just as a monk orders his day around the Work of God, our Encountering Christ Benedictine retreats have a specific format and structure. On these retreats, you can expect:

  • A consistent and stable retreat schedule and experience
  • Four conferences given by a monk, intended to lead the retreatant to encounter Christ
  • Participation in the Divine Office and Mass with the monastic community
  • Specific times for personal prayer and lectio divina
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Silence and a technology “fast”
  • A rural and beautiful environment and the opportunity to walk the grounds

Women’s Retreats  
January 26-28
March 8-10
May 17-19
June 7-9

Men’s Retreats
February 23-25 
April 12-14
May 3-5
May 24-26

30 spots are available in each retreat – and they’re filling up quickly! Learn more and register here.

These retreats will be led by Fr. Paul Sheller, OSB
Seminary Director of Spiritual Formation & Abbey Vocation Director

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