Quotes

"Prayer sustains us, empowers us and is the essence of our ministry."

- Sister Lois Didson, r.c.

Retreats & Programs

Would you like to attend a Cenacle retreat?
Visit our Houston, Chicago or Ronkonkoma websites to find retreats at these locations.

From the early days of the Cenacle Congregation, retreats, especially those according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, have been central to the mission. The Cenacle has always been regarded as a place where people seek a deeper relationship with God. We provide a rich variety of retreats, seminars, workshops and other spiritual programs for:

  • women and men
  • lay and religious
  • single and married
  • Catholic and other denominations

Some programs develop the rich traditions of Catholic spirituality while others integrate the sacred and secular, the psychological and spiritual. Retreats offer sacred moments in time where God transforms lives. Some retreats provide a quiet and contemplative atmosphere conducive to prayer and reflection, while others offer opportunities for sharing and mutual support.

The Cenacle Sisters offer retreats at Cenacle Retreat Centers throughout North America and also at other locations such as parishes, community centers and in private homes. Group retreats at the Cenacle are usually held from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. But there are many weekday and evening programs as well.

Guided Retreat

During a Guided Retreat, the presenter gives a presentation in the morning, followed by suggested readings to be used during the retreatant's personal prayer throughout the day. The day also offers an opportunity to share in the Eucharist, and invites you to spend your day, including meals, in prayerful silence.

Directed Retreats and Days of Prayer

An opportunity for prayerful solitude, in which you meet daily with a retreat director to share what has happened in prayer. The director helps you to listen to and recognize what God is saying in your life and where you are being called. Its design allows you to respond to God's Spirit at your own pace. Scripture and other means are used. The suggested stay is 3-8 days/nights. Thirty day directed retreats are also available.

Private Retreat/Days of Prayer

You are welcome to come for one or several days, to spend time in prayer and reflection. Meeting with a Cenacle Sister is optional. Bring your own material for prayer/reflection or ask for suggestions for your prayer. A private room is provided.

Retreat in Daily Life According to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (19th Annotation Retreat)

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola offer you a special opportunity to know, love, and follow Jesus more intimately. While the Exercises can be prayed during a 30-day period at a retreat center, St. Ignatius knew that most of the people interested in the experience could not leave their families and responsibilities. He then adapted the Exercises for people to make an extended retreat in the midst of daily life.

Today, you can follow Jesus in the Exercises on a one-to-one basis over a period of six to nine months. As a retreatant, you would commit to at least 45 minutes to an hour of daily prayer and a weekly visit with your director for about an hour. This retreat in Daily Life presumes that you have prayed with scripture before and have had some spiritual direction and/or other retreat experience.