The Houston Cenacle Retreat House is a welcoming, peace-filled place, a sanctuary for prayer, discernment and spiritual growth. In the midst of a praying Christian community, people of all faiths are invited to an awakening and deepening of their experience of a loving and compassionate God. This reverent ministry to the whole person is shared by Sisters and other women and men qualified to companion others on their life journey.
Our Cenacle Family
The Cenacle is an extended family of women and men of various faith backgrounds with several levels of belonging and commitment to Cenacle Spirituality and Mission. The Religious of the Cenacle (Cenacle Sisters) are members of an international Catholic women’s congregation founded in France in 1826 for the ministries of retreats, faith formation and religious education. Cenacle Retreat Houses are located in eleven countries. The Sisters profess vows of chastity, poverty and obedience and ordinarily live in community. The Auxiliaries are lay women who profess vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as appropriate to their secular lifestyle. The Affiliates/Companions are women and men who make yearly promises to live Cenacle spirituality in secular life. The Partners in Ministry are trained spiritual directors, women and men who make yearly promises like the Affiliates and add a commitment to participate in Cenacle ministry.
Our Cenacle Friends
Our Cenacle friends are all of you who financially sustain the Cenacle through gifts of your time, talent and treasure. Cenacle volunteers give their time and talent through service as retreat helpers and captains, gardeners, office helpers and in numerous capacities at special events. Those in our Circle of Friends give treasures – small and large – as Partners in Regular Giving, and/or through generous responses to annual appeals and special events. Many of our friends and family show their generosity by giving more than the minimum offering for Cenacle programs. All of you remind us daily of the abundant “goodness of our good God” (St.Thérèse Couderc, Cenacle Foundress).
Our Cenacle Setting
From the moment you enter the Cenacle setting, the warm welcome and the beauty of the grounds invite you to reflect prayerfully on your life, relationships, hopes and dreams. The Cenacle provides an atmosphere of peace that offers you a sanctuary away from the rush and noise of the world.
Come and rest awhile
Here you will find sacred spaces that are ideal for prayer and meditation - whether in the chapel or out on the grounds. You might listen to the gentle splash of a fountain, walk the labyrinth, relax in a hammock, meander along garden pathways or pray with the outdoor Stations of the Cross and Stations of Light. Wherever you go, you will find a setting that is conducive to help you to open your heart and mind to God.
Retreats & Programs
The Cenacle offers scripturally-based retreats, individual directed retreats and group workshops, as well as days of prayer throughout the year. We also offer meeting spaces for church groups, the ecumenical non-profit community and school groups. The Cenacle is staffed by Cenacle Sisters and other spiritual directors – women and men of various faiths - all of whom are trained in spiritual guidance.
We look forward to welcoming you to your sanctuary in the city.