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"The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest awhile’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves." Mark 6:30-32


Retreats have their biblical basis in the model of Jesus going off in solitude to pray.  Two major examples are tin the Desert before He begins His public ministry and in the Garden of Gethsemane before His Passion and death. The desert and mountainous regions provided remote areas as places of retreat for the early Christians.  Later, monasteries were established.  By the 16th century, retreat houses became established—a model that still operates today.


In keeping with Church tradition, parish retreats at St. Uriel's offer parishioners the opportunity for an experience like the apostles who went off to a lonely place with Jesus.  Jesus is eager to offer His peace, joy, and healing to those who heed His call to ‘come away’ and be with Him. Parish retreats are offered primarily just before Lent as a means of renewal. 


St. Marguerite's Retreat House of the Community of Saint John Baptist at Mendham, New Jersey, affords a place of renewal and refreshment.  The convent's extensive grounds for walking and meditation provide a peaceful setting for those who gather.  During times of quiet prayer the retreatants may use the Chapel in the Retreat House.  The meals are ample and very good.



Past Retreat Themes


"What Does Christian Community Look Like" 

             Retreat Conductor: Fr. Andrew Sloane

            Rector of St. Paul's K Street, Washington, DC


"The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Capacity to Love"

             Retreat Conductor: Fr.Russell A. Griffin, SSC

             Rector of the Church of St. Uriel the Archangel, Sea Girt, NJ


"Christ Through the Liturgical Year" 
              Retreat Conductor:  Fr. Richard Martin, SSC


"Shaped by the Cross"

              Retreat Conductor:  Fr. Russell A. Griffin, SSC


"Living the Christian Life in the Modern World"

              Retreat Conductor:  Fr. Russell A. Griffin, SSC


"How Is Possible to Lead a Life of Faith In Christ in Our Modern World"

              Retreat Conductior:  Fr. Russell A. Griffin, SSC


Typical Retreat Schedule:


5:30pm    Arrive at Convent

6:00pm    Vespers

6:30pm    Dinner 

7:45pm     Group Session  

9:00pm    Compline 


    [Silence begins after Compline]



7:15am     Matins and Mass 

8:30am    Breakfast

9:45am     First Address 

12:15am    Noon Day Office

12:30pm   Lunch

1:45pm      Second Address

5:30pm     Vespers

6:00pm     Dinner

7:30pm      Rosary

8:15pm      Compline 


8:00am     Matins 

8:30am     Breakfast

9:30am     Third Address 

11:15am     Mass

12:30pm   Lunch

1:15pm      Group Session  


[Silence ends at Group Session]


2:00pm    Departure

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