Information on the Center during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update January 7, 2020

We miss seeing you all at Mariandale in these socially distanced times, but we’re so grateful that so many of you have transitioned to our online programming community. It’s not the same as being at the center, but so many of you have written to say that the online programs have provided much-needed community and comfort in the Year of Covid. There’s light visible, and we’re looking forward to a year of opening up and welcoming our friends back, soon.

The Center at Mariandale will remain temporarily closed to in-person groups in our retreat center through March 2020. We deeply regret this temporary closure, but need to keep safety at top of mind for our guests, sisters, and staff.

We are accepting private retreatants, on a limited basis, starting in late January 2021. Please visit the Private Retreats page on this site to learn more and to send an Inquiry.

New Online Programs 

We have developed a robust and interesting range of online programs, including Contemplative Prayer Online and Reading Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit. We will continue them through 2021. Please visit our Upcoming Programs  page to read more and to register online.

The Center at Mariandale will be here for you all on our website, on social media, and through email communications. We can help each other now by reaching out and keeping in touch through alternative media.

If you can help us with a donation at this time, we would so appreciate the help. Like many, our center is experiencing a reduction in income that challenger our ability to continue to offer programs on site. Visit our website at to make a safe, secure online donation.

Registrations and Cancellations

Please know that if you are registered to attend a program or retreat that falls within this period of programming suspension, your deposits and registration fees paid can be:

1) refunded;

2) paid toward the re-scheduled program, or to another program in the future that is held before October 1, 2020; or

3) donated to the Center at Mariandale.

Refunds and Transferred Payments

Please be patient as we plan to handle refunds through July of 2020.

Contact Us

If you are part of an organization that has a Hosted retreat scheduled in the near future, please contact with any questions. Katherine D’Amore, our Hosted Event Coordinator, will work with you on next steps.

If you are registered for a program, or are a presenter of a Mariandale-sponsored program, please email .  Karen Bernard, our Program Coordinator, will answer any questions you may have.

If you have a scheduled session with a spiritual director at Mariandale, please contact your spiritual director.

Please continue to watch this page for ongoing information on the Center at Mariandale. Be safe and healthy, and know that the Dominican Sisters of Hope pray for our community.

Thank you,

The Center at Mariandale

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