St Therese Shrine, Diocese of Juneau

Go out alone, into the deep

Making a retreat is an essential element for growth in the spiritual life.  This is why week-long retreats are mandated by canon law for bishops, priests and consecrated men and women.  Taking a few days away to be with God can help to consolidate the work that God is doing in one’s life and also help to take a few steps forward in the spiritual life.

As a monk and a priest, Fr. Boniface has a special opportunity to develop the tools and talks that will help others to grow in their spiritual life.  With the commission of his Archabbot, he leads several retreats each year.  Please consider taking a retreat as a special time to grow closer to God.

By taking time in prayer, you can pierce through the distractions in life to behold the infinite and unconditional love of our God, who loved us to the point of giving His own life for us.

Upcoming Retreats 2017 (with Fr Boniface as Retreat Master)

March 17-19 – St Joseph, Father of Jesus and Father of Us

Silent Retreat held at St Emma Benedictine Monastery, Greensburg, PA – register here

March 24-26 – Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Us

Silent Retreat held at St Emma Benedictine Monastery, Greensburg, PA  – register here

June 2-4 – St Benedict and the Holy Spirit

Benedictine Spirituality Retreat held at St Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA – register here

The Rule of St Benedict is inspired by the Holy Spirit and St Benedict identifies some specific areas in which the Holy Spirit is at work in the life of the Christian, for example in the formation of virtue, specifically humility, in the joy that comes with loving sacrifice, in discernment of God’s will, in the life of prayer, especially extended prayer and prayer with tears. The Holy Spirit brings alive the holiness of God in us.

June 16-18 Charisms and the New Evangelization

Charismatic Retreat held at St Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA – register here

In the Constitution on the Church, the Second Vatican Council declares that the “charisms, whether they be the more outstanding or the more simple and widely diffused, are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation for they are perfectly suited to and useful for the needs of the Church.” (Lumen Gentium #12). In this retreat we will reflect on the importance of the charisms (the charismatic gifts) for the building up of the Church and the New Evangelization. Each retreatant will also have the opportunity to receive prayer for personal growth in the charisms as part of the retreat.

June 23-25 – Building a Culture of Mercy

Silent Retreat held at St Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA – register here

In his post-Jubilee Year Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera, Pope Francis wrote, “We are called to build a culture of mercy…” and “It is the time of mercy…”. In doing this, he wants us to continue receiving God’s mercy and learning how to share it. In this retreat we will open ourselves more fully to an encounter with Jesus Christ in His Mercy and we will also reflect on ways that we can embody that mercy more fruitfully in our own lives.