Retreats & Activities in Vermont

Individuals or small groups are free to arrange to come to Saint Joseph’s any time for experiences of prayer and reflection, joining in the public prayer times at Weston Priory as you wish, and using our guest kitchen for meals, if desired.

Private Directed Retreats

Private Directed Retreats may be arranged at a time convenient to your schedule. Retreatants usually come two to eight days, bringing your own food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in our guest kitchen. Private Spiritual Direction is available. You may complement your retreat experience by participating in prayer times and liturgies with the Benedictine brothers of nearby Weston Priory.

Two or three times per year we offer a month-long retreat which follows the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Other possible themes for these 30-day retreats are Inner Peace, Discernment, the Enneagram, or Spirituality in the Second Half of Life. Call to choose your personal focus for the month and to arrange dates with Catherine that are convenient for your schedule.

Directed Retreat Weekends

We offer many Directed Retreat Weekends on a variety of themes for individuals, couples and small groups of up to 12 persons. Conferences, prayer times and sharing on these weekends explore prayer, contemplation, community, challenges and strategies to living a more spiritual life in the midst of the world. The Saint Joseph Room, with comfortable seating, fireplace, brick and honey-pine walls provides a warm atmosphere for conferences and sharing. Catherine Joanne, Spiritual Director, presents her reflections in a relaxed style with Catherine’s own musical compositions inserted throughout. Call to arrange dates for your couples, prayer or parish group.

Upcoming Activities

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a faith-based, confidential conversation for help with processing the events and circumstances of your life. Some of the fruits of this kind of session are a sense of the next good step in some area of your life, ideas, inspiration, a shift in attitude or perspective, greater understanding of personalities and human development, self-acceptance, peace, freedom from anger, forgiveness, compassion, etc.
Catherine Joanne is available for Spiritual Direction with individuals or couples in Vermont throughout the year at St. Joseph’s Dwelling Place and in southern New Jersey during the following weeks in 2016:

  • February 8 & 15
  • March 7 & 14
  • April 4 & 11
  • May 2 & 9
  • May 30 & June 6

Sophomore Boys’ Retreat

Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ 2016:

  • April 13, 14, 15, 18 & 19

Assisted by Mr. Timothy Sewnig and members of the Senior class of CBA, Catherine focuses with 250 teenage boys on recognizing and responding to God’s Presence in the universe, in creation, in the human person and in their own lives.

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