Retreatant Testimonials

Hear what our retreatants have to say.....

WEEKEND RETREATS 2017-2018 THEME: "Come and Rest in Me" (Mt 11:28)

(First timer, non-Catholic)The experience was so much more than I expected.  I feel so blessed to have shared this time in the company of Christian God Loving women.  Thank you so much for all you do.  Your faithfulness and love for Christ can be felt everywhere. (CP)

I appreciate the down to earth atmosphere at all of the talks.  For years, I avoided attending a retreat because I didn't thuink I was holy enough.  Everyone here meets you where you are at.

Nancy Clancy was a wonderful presenter/speaker.  All talks were right on theme and gave good "take aways".

The meal-time talks were very good.  Good choice of music at mealtime.

May God bless you all.  Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the time here, particularly the silence.

Thanks you for this retreat.  It was the best in my last three years

Nancy Clancy was great; enough humor and personal stuff to keep you interested.

Bro Joe always gives a sweetness & lifting up to the morning (prayer).  I feel at peace as soon as I hit the driveway.  I thank everyone who works so hard to make everything so wonderful for us.

Fred Cavaini was awsome.  Very powerful speaker. 

This was my first experience and more than met my expectations...the peacefulness was most comforting.

This is my first retreat.  I will be back!  I loved the staff and the healing service. 

I came here mired in grief, my shoulders refused to move.  By Saturday night, ...I was healed!  No more pain.  Thank You!

Thank you for all you do.  I wish more people would attend these important retreats.  How badly we need silence now more than ever !!

Loved Sally.  She's the BEST EVER!

Diane was terrific - keep her!   Diane did a great job.  Would like her next year!

You were able to help me step back into my life with a weight off my shoulders.

Richard Rohr's book "Silent Compassion" was fantastic.

Beautiful facility; wellrun; look forward to returning.

...made me think a lot about my relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit (who seems to be neglected).  I also liked the silence...

It's like coming home...it is so easy to become stagnant; don't always realize the rut you have fallen into - this is a wake up call.

This year was exceptional...the best in 5 years...I've had a rough year and hearing "I can go to God & Rest" is exactly what I needed.

Diane, I personally thing, is an angel from God...she has an unending devotion to helping others in need.

Fr Jerry...is the key to my continued support.

I found silence to be very powerful to my surprise.  It allows awareness, which can be peaceful & uncomfortable...also...I thank God for puttine (Fr Jerry) there (for me).

I loved this theme of "Come and Rest in Me".  Each member of the preaching staff brought the topic of the weekend to life.  You all have just the right mix of humor, sharing, articulating and caring while challenging us to go deeper into our relationship with God and to discover how Jesus is asking us to follow him.  Thank you all so much!!

Diane was awesome, a true daughter of God!  I am already looking forward to next year!

So busy being a "Martha" at our Church that I needed a weekend to be "Mary" and get renewed.

I hope (Diane) will be here next year.  Father Jerry is always a delight...I learn so much in a short time; he is a gift.

I have struggled hearing God speak to me and when I was invited to the event...I could not have been happier.  An now that the even has happened, my life has been transformed in only 1 day.  God does work miracles.  I feel so free now!  And I believe I know what joy & peace & love truly mean!  God bless you.

My greatest moment of tranquility was when I became totally absorbed in watching the deer Saturday afternoon!  Praise God for His awesome creation!

Amazing Experience!  Can't wait to share with my friends and co-workers who were very curious to hear about by experience.

The walking paths are magnificient!  I listened to the birds, viewed squirrels and deer and even saw "a tree fall in the woods"!!

This was the most enlightening retreat I have ever boon on!  Praise be to Jesus Christ.  I don't want to leave.  I wish everyone would come on retreat here.

Sally is the best woman speaker for a conference since St Joanne.  Her brightness and enthusiasm was quite catchy.  She was a breath of fresh air.

 

OTHER

Healing Service - so powerful and beautiful...I came here for emotional healing and am certain I will get it

Healing Service - Special thanks to Fr Tom for his kind, thoughtful, holy prayer for us...

I look forward to the healing service.  It always leaves me feeling paceful and loved as all stand with me to pray.

Wonderful massage opportunity!  A must, great group.

Friday evening Orientation - Excellent.  Set the mood for the weekend.  God was talking to me; brought tears to my eyes.

Healing Service - The highlight of the Conference every year.

Food & Dining - The variety, healthy, well prepared and excellent service.  They should all be proud of what they do.

Massage Therapy - The massage therapists are wonderful.  It is a specialservice I really appreciate.

Food & Dining - As always, the food is plentiful and very tasty.  The staff is always so friendly and helpful.

Food & Dining - The chef is wonderful and the food delicious.  He puts his heart into it.

 

COUPLES WEEKEND

I appreciate that there are no TVs and no radios.  It is a relief.  Thanks

In our increasingly noisy world I think (silence) will be more & more welcomed, especially among younger couples.  The presence of silence for an extended period of time is such an incredible conduit of God's grace...

I really appreciated the questions for reflection (printed in the retreat booklet) and teh concrete/specific suggestions for meditation following the presentations.

Nancy was great - a joy,  Hope we get her again.All talks excellent

I like that each year a book is placed in our rooms.  This year's book is excellent and I purchased a copy.

My 1st time here & relatively recent convert to Catholicism and everything was fantastic, wonderful and more than I expected!

The presentations were just right; thought provoking, but not heavy; fun but penetrating.  They stimilated my quiet reflection and focus.

I love the surrounding woods - our walks were very comforting.  Deep, dark & lovely.  Thank you for being here.

 

THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE: THE WISDOM YEARS

This program celebrated "old" people

Please attend.  You will be very happy and encouraged.

A wonderful opportunity to reflect and find the good in life.

 

MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE

A necessary get away for your spiritual journey (MdM)

A great experience of God's love as described in Fr Owen's book by sharing with other with guidance from Fr To, Fred & Rick (WT)

Spending time at the Retreat House is like experiencing a slier of Heaving in the afterlife (LB)

Today has been the catalyst I needed to move forward in my spiritual journey with God and to God (KM)

Fr Bernie's words are powerful when read alone.  However, the spiritual resonance of sharing his wis wisdom and our individual responses together was a true spiritual awakening...(MS)

 

(2016) WIDOWS OF PRAYER .

I appreciated the fact that the retreat was specific to widows.  I have a more positive look going forward.

Very peaceful; loved the walks outside

This place is in great physical condition and reall well taken care of.

I thought everything was wonderful.  I will come again.

 

OTHER GROUPS

Church Staff meeting - Such a peaceful place, you know you are on holy ground from the moment yuo arrive (TB)

AGAPE - This is my first experience with Agape, and it is my first retreat since high school.  From the beginning of this retreat to the last 10 minutes you could feel the Holy Spirit working.  I feel recharged in my faith with a new faith in humanitt...I will definitely continue comint to these retreats.  they are a blessing from God (AS)
These retreats are life changing.  My faith has grown immensely through spiritual direction, peer faith sharing and the community of support that this group has provided for me in the last four years (CM)
Agape retreats provide genuine Catholic Fellowship, a pillar of your faith as a yuong adult.  Without Agape, I specifically have a spiritual need that's not being met. (AD)
WONDERFUL!!  This retreat has meant so much: friendship, compassion, understanding, and coming closer to God.  these retreats are so relatable and so easy to connect with a young adult.  When it's easy to connect yuo grow in your faith! (NA)
These retreats help me get through my hardest days, and they give me something to look forward to. (MF)

11 Step Spirituality - Anyone who is struggling with connecting to God should attend this (SV)