"I find silence and calm which allows me to seek and discover renewal."

- Retreatant

"From the moment I stepped out of my car, I felt immersed in the peace that is the Cenacle. I wasn't sure what I was looking for but now I understand it was just being able to set aside my daily baggage and just be. I expected peace and quiet but didn't realize how encompassing it would be for body, mind and spirit, the Spiritual Direction, Massage, Art Cove, Liturgical Services, the food, and the great hospitality."

- M.G.P

2018 Programs and Retreats

Because of the destruction of the retreat house on Kirkwood all our programs and most of our Lenten Silent Retreat will be offered on a commuter basis at the

Cenacle on Memorial: 12211 Memorial Dr., Houston TX 77024, unless noted.

Please call for information or to register for programs, no walk-in's please 281.497.3131


Contemplative Photography- A Practice of the Heart and Eyes, In Union with the Soul

6-Week Series
Mondays, February 12-March 26, 2018

Lisa Mage
Many people carry phones with cameras but have never considered that a camera could easily become a spiritual tool.  While using visio divina and other spiritual practices, we will explore ways to hone our own gaze and presence. This session will offer photographic tips to enhance skills as well as different and unique ways of seeing, being and witnessing to the world around us.

7 pm- 8:30 pm
Minimum offering: $60 for the series


"It's Never Too Late to Begin Again" Discovering Creativity
and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond

12-week workshop series 
Fridays, March 2-May 25, 2018 
Except for Good Friday (March 30th)

Quita Carmouche & Mary Ellen Rouen
Once more the Cenacle is offering a series based on the works of Julia Cameron who has been an active artist for more than three decades. The class will be based on tools used in her previous books: The Memoir, Morning Pages, Artist Dates and Solo Walks, and the material covered in her latest book.

1:30 pm -4 pm
Minimum offering: $120 for series, does not include book


Professional Development Day for Spiritual Directors: 
Dream Workshop

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sr. Lois Dideon, rc
Dreams are God’s gift for healing and wholeness.  They balance our psyche while drawing us deeper into the mystery of ourselves and the mystery of God’s work in us. Our dreams are a rich source of growth and healing—when we pay attention to them.  This workshop will give you an opportunity to learn and practice several different ways to work with your dreams.  The sessions will include various methods of dream interpretation, as well as the experience of God in dreams. 

9 am – 3 pm
Minimum offering: $45
Free will offering for Cenacle Spiritual Directors


Giving Wings to our Future

Monday, May 14, 2018
1pm-3 pm OR 7 pm -9 pm

Tuesday, May 15. 2018
10 am- 12 pm OR 7 pm- 9 am

Wednesday, May 16
10 am-12 pm OR 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Sr. Janet Mock, CSJ
What better time for us to look at our future as the Cenacle than during this Easter Season when the Risen Christ is so readily available and the Holy Spirit is gathering energy for Pentecost! You are invited to come for one or more sessions in May with Sr. Janet Mock, CSJ, from Baden, Pennsylvania, to look closely at and listen intently to each other and the Holy Spirit regarding the future of Cenacle ministries here in the Houston area. 

Location: Cenacle on Memorial
on the property of Memorial Drive Lutheran Church
12211 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Call 281.497.3131 to register or email Anita Cordova at acordova@cenacleretreathouse.org


Leaning on the Heart of God: A Day of Spiritual Renewal

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sr. Barbara Regan, rc
Have you ever found it hard to go to God in times of pain and turmoil? Does God send us suffering? Is it all right to be angry with God? Come and reflect on these questions and lean on the heart of God today.

9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Minimum offering: $45

Dances of Universal Peace

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sr. Pamela Falkowski, r.c.
From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song, and story have brought people together at times of season ceremony and celebration as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation.  The Dances are joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others.  They use sacred-phrases, chants, music, and movements from the many traditions of the Earth. No dance experience necessary!

2 pm – 4  pm
Free will offering

6501 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77021

Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master

June 29- July 1, 2018

Rev. John Rooney
Fr. Thomas (Louis) Merton once said, “We have what we seek. We don’t need to run after it. It was there all the time. If we give it time, it will make itself known to us.” The gift of Thomas Merton is his ability to articulate the spiritual life in very Incarnational language. There are many Mertons – journalist, poet, essayist, photographer, ecumenist and spiritual writer – all at the service of helping us come to know the face of our living God. Come and discover (or rediscover) Thomas Merton as a spiritual master who still speaks to our times. 

7 pm Friday- 1:30 pm Sunday
Minimum offering: $195 for overnights, Commuter: $150

Ruah Center
6510 Lawndale St, 
Houston, TX 77023

Black Madonna: Her Message and Meaning

July 6-8, 2018

Sr. Lois Dideon, rc
She has appeared in many cultures and countries and continues to give comfort and wisdom even today.   We will spend time with many images of her. We will also explore the Black Madonna part of the feminine in God and all women. 

7 pm Friday- 1:30 pm Sunday
Minimum offering: $195 for overnights, Commuter: $150

Ruah Center 
6510 Lawndale St, 
Houston, TX 77023

Wings of Prayer

July 13-15, 2018

Sr. Roselle Haas, rc 
How do I pray? What style of prayer fits me? There are many different styles of prayer. This weekend explores various ways of reflecting on our prayer relationship with God. The program is tailored to the needs and wants of those who attend. 

7 pm Friday- 1:30 pm Sunday
Minimum offering: $195 for overnights, Commuter: $150

6501 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77021

Summer Individual Directed Retreats
"Come Away by Yourself to a Quiet Place and Rest a While." (Mark 6:31)

July18-25, 2018

Cenacle Ministry Staff
Accept the gift of time for relaxation and rest in an atmosphere of contemplative silence which allows you to deepen your relationship with God. 
An experienced spiritual director will help you to find your daily rhythm of prayer and reflection. 

Retreats are available from 1 to 8 days.
Minimum Offering: $75 per 24-hour period includes overnight accommodations and meals.   Free will offering for spiritual direction appreciated. 

Ruah Center 
6510 Lawndale St, 
Houston, TX 7702

Dealing with Prickly People

July 21, 2018

Sr. Roselle Haas, rc 
This workshop will focus on coming to a peaceful place within ourselves when dealing with people with whom we are uncomfortable. We will explore factors that contribute to “prickly” behavior, working at interior peace, setting personal boundaries, avoiding placing blame or trying to “fix” others, ways to affirm our own goodness and the goodness of others and tools to appropriately address prickly behavior. 

Saturday, 1 pm-5 pm
Minimum offering: $25- includes materials