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Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center offers silent retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

What are they?Practical GuidelinesTypical Schedule

What Are Spiritual Exercises?

Saint Ignatius of LoyolaThe Spiritual Exercises are an opportunity to retreat from the hectic, noisy world and encounter Jesus Christ in a more profound and personal way. These retreats touch on so many important aspects of the spiritual life. The central principle is the imitation of Christ our Lord. They are an essential tool in the revitalization of the Church. Through them we try to commit each man and woman to a more active life in the Church.

The silent retreat focuses on the Gospels and the fullness of the Catholic faith, opening the soul to the transforming power of grace. Offered by the Legionaries of Christ, the retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and is comprised of guided meditations, private reflection, Mass, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction.

Spiritual Exercises are available for Men and Women throughout the year. Consider a Three-day, Four-day or Six-day retreat. The longer retreats provide additional time for silent contemplation and to delve more deeply into the meditations of St. Ignatius.

“Have we perhaps lost something of the art of listening? Do you leave space to hear Gods whisper, calling you forth into goodness? Friends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness, listen to God, adore him in the Eucharist. Let his word shape your journey as an unfolding of holiness.” ~Pope Benedict XVI

Retreat Durations

We offer weekend retreats lasting three and four days.  Three day retreats begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Sunday afternoon; four day retreats begin on Thursday evening and conclude on Sunday afternoon.

Each retreat consists of:
  • Guided meditations
  • Daily Mass
  • Time for private reflection
  • Opportunities for confession & spiritual direction
  • Overnight accommodations and meals are also provided.
 
Typical Schedule of the Three Day Retreat
Friday

4:00pm          Arrival/Registration
4:30               Mass
5:15               Introductory Talk
6:00-7:00               Dinner
7:00-8:00               Meditation 1
8:00-8:30               Free Time
8:30-9:30               Meditation 2
9:30                       Night Prayers

 

Saturday

7:50 am                 Morning Prayer (Chapel)
8:00                       Breakfast
8:45-9:45               Meditation 3
9:45-10:00             Free Time
10:00-11:00           Meditation 4
11:00-11:20           Free Time
11:20-12:00           Practical Talk
12:00-12:30pm      Free Time
12:30-1:00             Rosary
1:00-1:45               Lunch/Free Time
1:45-2:15               Personal Questionnaire
2:15-3:15               Meditation 5
3:30-4:00              Stations of the Cross
4:00-4:15              Free Time
4:15-5:15              Meditation 6
5:15-6:00              Mass
6:00-7:00              Dinner
7:00-7:30              Free Time
7:30-8:30              Meditation 7
8:30-9:00              Free Time
9:00-10:00            Hour of Eucharistic Adoration (Meditation 8)
10:00                    Night Prayers

Saturday

7:50                     Morning Prayer (Chapel)
8:00                     Breakfast
8:45-9:45             Meditation 9
9:45-10:00           Free Time
10:00-11:00         Meditation 10
11:00-11:15         Free Time
11:15-12:00         Practical Talk
12:00-1:00 pm     Lunch
1:00-1:30             Free Time
1:30-2:30             Meditation 11
2:30-3:00             Free Time
3:00-4:00             Meditation 12
4:00-4:45             Eucharistic Celebration, with renewal of Baptismal promises
4:45                      Q&A with Retreat Master

Registration

Click on the link below to begin your online registration process. Please Note: Due to the nature of our priests responsibilities, specific preachers assigned to each retreat can be subject to change.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

To cancel your registration and request a refund, you must contact us at least 7 days before your scheduled retreat begins. Please keep in mind that all registrations include a non-refundable $75 processing fee. Cancellations made within 7 days of the retreat are 100% non-refundable. To transfer your registration to another retreat, you must contact us at least 7 days before your scheduled retreat begins and there must be availability in the alternate retreat.

Upcoming Retreats »

Weekend Retreats for Men ~

  • October 6-8, 2017 | REGISTER
    • 3-Day Retreat
    • Please note schedule change.  This retreat was originally scheduled for September 28-Oct 1, 2017 as a 4-day retreat
    • Retreat Master: Fr. Jacobo Muñoz, LC
    • Cost: $225 per person
  • November 3-5, 2017 | REGISTER
    • 3-Day Retreat
    • Retreat Masters:
      • English Track:  TBA
      • Spanish Track: TBA
    • Cost: $225 per person

2018 Dates for Men
Registration will be activated soon. Please check back or call for more information (301-365-0612)

  • Feb 2-4
  • Feb 23-25
  • Mar 22-25
  • Aug 17-19
  • Oct 4-7

Weekend Retreats for Women ~

  • September 8-10, 2017 | REGISTER
    • 3-Day Retreat
    • Retreat Master: Fr Stephen Howe, LC
    • Cost: $225 per person
  • September 28 – October 1, 2017 | REGISTER
    • 4-Day Retreat
    • Please note schedule change.  This retreat was originally scheduled for October 5-8, 2017.
    • Retreat Master: Fr. John Paul Duran, LC
    • Cost: $300 per person
  • December 1-3, 2017 | REGISTER
    • 3-Day Retreat
    • Retreat Master: TBD
    • Cost: $225 per person
    • Coincides with High School Young Women’s retreat. Same registration link for both. Great opportunity for Mother/Daughter retreat experience!
  • December 8-10, 2017 | SPANISH ONLY | REGISTER
    • 3-Day Retreat for women in Spanish
    • Retreat Master: Fr Jacobo Muñoz, LC
    • Cost: $225 per person

2018 Dates
Registration will be activated soon. Please check back or call for more information (301-365-0612)

  • Feb 16-18
  • Mar 1-4
  • Jun 1-3
  • Jun 28-Jul 1
  • Sep 7-9
  • Sep 27-30
  • Nov 2-4
  • Nov 30-Dec 2

 

6-Day Spiritual Exercises Retreat Women

    • July 19-26, 2018 Registration will be active soon!
      Arrive in the afternoon on July 19. The Retreat begins in the evening and concludes in the evening of July 25.   So, you will truly be spending 6 full days with Christ! Depart on July 26, following morning mass, breakfast.

      • Retreat Master: Fr. Owen Kearns, LC
      • Cost: $600 per person
*Some SOLD-OUT weekends usually have a waiting list!

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a weekend that is Sold Out please contact us to find out (301.365.0612). In the meantime, we recommend you register for another weekend as a back up.

 

Please Note: Due to the nature of our priests responsibilities, specific preachers assigned to each retreat can be subject to change.


 

Retreat Weekends for High School & College Students


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