All of our retreats and events are designed to foster a more personal relationship with God. They emphasize a deepened knowledge of Christ in Scripture, the experience of his Person through ample time for silence and prayer, and practical tools to align our daily lives more fully with God’s loving plan. Specifically, we offer the Spiritual Exercises retreats, Reflection days, Prayer Workshops, High School Retreats, and occasional Special events.
Spiritual Exercises for Men and Women
The Spiritual Exercises are silent retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Originally designed to span an entire month, the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are offered in 3 day, 4 day and 6 day varieties at Our Lady of Bethesda to accommodate busy and, at times, hectic lifestyles! Following the original format of the Ignatian retreat, the Spiritual Exercises at OLB take you through a profound experience of the Person of Christ, and help you to see him with new eyes through a fresh reading of the Scriptures and through a golden silence which weeds out distractions so as to help you discern God’s voice in your soul. Offered separately for men and women, our retreats can accommodate up to 39 people, and include all meals and snacks, a private room and half-bath, and spacious grounds.
Mornings and Evenings Mini-Retreats and Reflections
Our Reflection days could be considered a little slice of the Spiritual Exercises. Designed to be only hours in length, they provide an opportunity for even the busiest to pause briefly and recharge spiritually. They are offered monthly, both in the morning and again in the evening for women, and evenings only for men. Consisting of mass, 2 talks and a meal, the Reflections run during the school year and explore a theme relevant for life today from different angles each month.
Spiritual Exercises in the Holy Land
Each year, Our Lady of Bethesda sponsors a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! Pilgrims are invited to join us to “Walk where He Walked, Pray where He prayed!
Responding to a demand for practical help with prayer, our workshops cover the beginning basics of some of the most common prayers and prayer methods today: vocal prayer, mental prayer, the Rosary, the Mass, Adoration, and much more.
High School Retreats
Youth retreats are offered usually simultaneously with the Spiritual Exercises, to enable Mother/Daughter or Father/Son moments of prayer together. They are guided by either the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, or by the Legionaries of Christ, and are modified both in content and preaching style to reach the hearts, imagination and enthusiasm of the youth.
Depending on the unfolding of current events, or on significant moments in the Church and the world, Our Lady of Bethesda will offer a relevant event to help unpack and illumine the topic in question. Please subscribe to our email list to receive the most up-to-date announcements on any new programs or events we are offering!