Refreshing Summer Solitude

This silent, directed retreat invites participants to refresh their spirits and experience greater intimacy with God.  There will be opportunities for meeting with an experienced spiritual director, ample time for personal prayer, rest, relaxation, pool time, walks, meditation or sitting to take in the beautiful Hudson River views.  Daily liturgy will be available, helping to advance your spiritual journey.

Date & Time: Sun., June 23, at 4pm through Sat., June 29 at 11am

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

Fee: $625 (all inclusive)



About the Presenters

Nancy Erts, OP is a Dominican sister of Hope and the Program Specialist at the Mariandale Center. she holds degrees in education and Theology and has completed additional work in psychology, holistic and Eco-spirituality. she has been involved in the ministry of adult spiritual development for over 35 years.

Judy Schiavo holds an MA in secondary Education/Spanish from Seton Hall University and an MS in Spirituality/ Spiritual Direction from Fordham University. After retiring from 43 years of teaching, Judy is now a full-time spiritual director and retreat director.

Maureen McMahon, RDC is a Sister of the Divine Compassion. Maureen’s background includes teaching, administration, and parish work. For over 40 years she has been an experienced spiritual director, retreat director and retreat presenter. Included in this ministry she has participated in training folks, religious and lay, to be spiritual directors. Presently she is enjoying views of the Hudson River from her residence in Croton-on Hudson.


Haunted by God: Reflections on Film

This silent guided week will combine morning presentations on being ‘haunted by God’ with evening films that offer key insights through the visual art of storytelling (with open film discussion for those interested). Presentations will ‘touch back into’ themes in refreshed-revitalized ways in order to notice: “Where am I today?  What is God inviting me to now in my spiritual journey?” We will be invited to ‘pray anew’ with the God of Love who ‘haunts’ us (in the most profound sense of that word/Word).

New prayer suggestions, films, songs, and insights will accent: God’s call within a prayerful/contemplative life of service; connections between passion and mysticism; ever-deepening challenges in the Life of Love;  links between ‘life transitions’ and ‘Spirit-transformations’;  the ‘love for mercy’ and the ‘mercy of love’; our ongoing growth in compassionate,  just, peaceful living. N.B. Please bring a Bible and a notebook/journal.

Time: Sun., August 20 at 5 pm to Sat., August 26 at 1 pm (after lunch)

Presenter: Michael Laratonda, FMS

Fee: $550 (includes all meals)

Registration deposit $75, full payment due by August 10



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