Autumn Leaves: A Directed Retreat

We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” — Isaiah 64:7

How do we accept the touch of God’s hands in our daily lives? How does God accept our touch? Come to an extended irected autumn weekend with God, nature, and time for reflection. This weekend includes meals and provides the opportunity for spiritual direction.

Date & Time: Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5 pm to Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 pm

Presenter: Gaynell Cronin, Judy Schiavo, and Martha LaVallee

Fee: $375 (includes meals)

Registration deposit is $75; full payment due by Oct. 22


Finding Peace in a Turbulent World, with the Guidance of St. Francis of Assisi

Experience a very special connection, during this weeklong retreat, through the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. Enjoy a week of reflection, exploration, talks, films, nature hikes, swimming, prayer, mass, and confession, with organic food and an exceptional dining experience.

This week will include an exploration of the outdoor Labyrinth, arts classes, an environmental walk on the property, and swimming meditation, if you choose. You can experience Dancwes of Universal Peace, and our wellness services, such as Massage or Healing Touch. Take your vacation at Mariandale and leave with a sense of peace, well-being, and connection with nature.

Time: Sun., July 16 at 5 pm to Fri., July 21 at 1 pm

Presenter: Fr. Bill Damroth, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh

Fee: $475

Registration Deposit $75; Full Payment due by July 6


About the Presenter

Fr. Bill Damroth (affectionately known as Padre) is currently the Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh, NY.  It must be divine intervention that he has continually found himself serving God at yet another St. Francis Parish. He previously served at St. Francis Church in Mt. Kisco, NY.

St. Francis of Assisi 800 years ago developed a reputation of both holiness to the path of God and a respect for all his animal kingdom.  Fr. Bill’s love of animals reflects that of St. Francis. He is passionate about the care and protection of all animals. Therefore it is not by accident he finds himself carrying on that mission by maintaining the many bird-feeders on the grounds of the parish that attract the many species bringing sounds of birdsong.  He believes all the animal kingdom are gifts from God. He is an active supporter of the SPCA, especially the “No Kill Policy” in New Windsor.  He particularly loves cats and dogs, some have been adopted and live at the parish.

His favorite baseball team is the San Diego Padres, whose team logo is a Franciscan friar swinging a baseball bat. Fr. Bill says “God speaks to me through St. Francis, as I hope to speak to you on this retreat.”

Refreshing Summer Solitude: Directed Retreat

This silent, directed retreat invites participants to refresh their spirits and experience greater intimacy with God with days of rest and relaxation. Through a daily private meeting with an experienced spiritual director who will listen deeply and help retreatants be attentive to their unique stories, retreatants will allow God the hospitality of their attention. Daily liturgy will be available.

Time: Sun., June 25 at 5 pm through Sat., July 1 at 1 pm

Presenter: Nancy Erts, OP; Judy Schiavo; Maureen McMahon, RDC

Fee: $500 per person (Resident) or $350 for Commuter (All meals included)

Make sure you pack a bathing suit and beach towel!



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