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During your stay at St. Norbert Abbey, you are always invited to pray with the Norbertine Community:

  • Morning Prayer
    Weekdays, 7:30 a.m.
    Saturday, 8 a.m.
    Sunday, 9 a.m.
  • Mass
    Weekdays, 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Evening Prayer
    Weekdays, 5:05 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m.
 

PLEASE NOTE

  • Anyone who wishes to participate in our programs and retreats should be able to do so. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality will accept a donation within your means should you be unable to pay the suggested fee.
  • Overnight stays are optional for all retreats.
  • For retreats that require a non-refundable deposit upon registration, please know that the balance is due upon arrival only if full payment is not received upon registration.
  • Confirmation will be sent to you, either electronically or via postal mail, once you are registered for your retreat.
  • Register Here

     

     

    Design Your Own Retreat Experience

    Whether you are looking for a day away, an overnight retreat, or an extended time of rest and renewal, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality offers a place of quiet serenity. With opportunities for prayer and reflection, simply furnished rooms, and delicious meals, we can help you design a retreat that fits your needs. Wi-fi is available; however, the abbey provides the perfect setting to simply “unplug.”

    Retreats must be scheduled one week in advance by calling the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at 920.337.4315.

    Please note: you are always invited to pray with the Norbertine Community.

    • Meals: Breakfast $7, Lunch $8, Supper $10
    • Private room: Daytime use $20, Overnight stay $35
    • Spiritual Direction: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ: 920.337.4316 ($40 per session)
    • Complimentary Abbey amenities: prayer spaces, Hildegard of Bingen reading room and library,  cloister garden, spacious grounds with labyrinth and walking paths, indoor pool, sauna, nearby Fox River biking and hiking trail

    Words from our retreatants:

    • "With deep appreciation I write my thanks. As I lived and walked for four days while on retreat, I felt the presence of God's Peace in all the areas of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality. The graciousness is outstanding and shared by each one of your staff. I pray that all who come here will know and feel the Peace I have felt."
    • "The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is my 'go-to' place where I find peace and where I can spend time with God, uninterrupted. What a gift."
    • "The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is my oasis!"

     

     

    December 8, January 12, February 9, March 8

    Winter Days of Prayer and Reflection

    Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. A Winter Day of Prayer and Reflection offers both: the opportunity to experience a variety of prayer forms including Scripture study and Centering Prayer, or time alone in the many prayer spaces of St. Norbert Abbey. You design the day according to your needs.

    Please note: participants have the option of attending 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, 4:30 p.m. Mass, and 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine community.

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $35 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, private room, refreshments, lunch,
    abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

     

     

    February 18

    Twilight Retreat: The Prodigal Son

    Msgr. Jim Feely is known for his compelling translations of Gospel stories, and the parable of the Prodigal Son is a perfect choice during this Lenten season. Have you ever wondered why Jesus tells the parable and to whom it is directed? Could it be that Jesus is speaking to us today? Hear the story of the Prodigal Son as perhaps you have never heard it before. Reflect on your own life journey and enter into the Lenten experience in the company of others.

    Please note: Twilight retreats offer the opportunity to refresh and renew by offering participants an evening of prayer, reflection, and enrichment. While the retreat begins with an introduction at 5:15 p.m., you can extend your experience by joining the Norbertine community for Mass at 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday, 5:15-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Msgr. Jim Feely
    Cost: $20 (includes dinner, presentations)
    Registration and payment required by February 11
    Minimum 12 participants

     

     

    March 24-27

    Triduum Retreat with Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA
    These Sacred Days: Scriptural Reflections on the Triduum

    Join noted Scripture scholar, author, and educator, Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, for an in-depth experience of the richness of the Triduum readings. From the washing of the feet to the rising of the Lord, Sr. Dianne offers five compelling and engaging presentations throughout this retreat.

    Retreatants are also invited to participate in the inspirational St. Norbert Abbey liturgies with the Norbertine community during their stay. As a 2015 participant offered, “There is no better place to enter into this sacred season.” A renowned retreat facilitator, St. Norbert Abbey, and the Norbertine community...a perfect way to experience the power and message of the Triduum and Easter.

    Thursday, 4 p.m.-Easter Sunday liturgy, 10 a.m.
    Presenter: Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA
    Cost: $275 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $120 (includes presentations, abbey amenities)

     

    Please note: for commuters, meals at the abbey are available for an additional fee. Meal reservations
    required by March 17.

     

    Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by March 17
    Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

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    April 12, May 10, June 14

    Spring Days of Prayer and Reflection


    “Just having several undisturbed hours of quiet, without responsibilities, was rejuvenating for me. It was exactly what I was hoping for and needed.”
    —a recent retreatant

    Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. A Spring Day of Prayer and Reflection offers both: the opportunity to experience a variety of prayer forms including Scripture study and Centering Prayer, or time alone in the many prayer spaces of St. Norbert Abbey. You design the day according to your needs.

    Please note: participants have the option of attending 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, 4:30 p.m. Mass, and 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine community.

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $35 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, private room, refreshments, lunch,
    abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

     

     

    April 16

    Deepening the Spiritual Life: The Journey Continues

    Our ongoing unfolding life with God, like any other relationship, calls for regular renewal. This day is an opportunity to join with others who want to nurture their living relationship with the Giver of Life and includes time for silence and sharing, along with reflection on spiritual practices and some common readings. This offering is not only for those who have participated in previous Deepening the Spiritual Life sessions, but also for those who are new to this experience.

    Please note: an opportunity for staying overnight and eating meals at the abbey is available for an additional fee. Reservations must be made one week prior to the retreat by calling 920.337.4315.

    Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Facilitators: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $50 (includes presentations, handouts, morning refreshments, lunch)
    Registration and payment required by April 8
    Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    April 22-24

    Wisdom Figures: Fellow-Pilgrims Who Point the Way
    A Retreat with Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

    The pilgrim journey is a journey in which we do not travel alone. God sends us companions to be agents of light, life, and love. Five wisdom figures—Evelyn Underhill, Douglas Steere, Dag Hammarskjöld, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux—have experienced and written about their encounter with God. Their vision, insights, and wisdom will be part of this retreat and help us to journey well.

    Friday, 4:30 p.m.-Sunday, 11 a.m.
    Presenter: Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Green Bay
    Cost: $195 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $125 (includes presentations, meals)
    Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by April 15
    Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

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    May 13-15

    Finding Balance: A Mindfulness Retreat

    Mindfulness is the practice of moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness of the full spectrum of one’s experience—emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational. Set in the context of daily prayer with the Norbertine community, this three-day immersion in mindfulness practice provides participants with the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness skills which can lead to greater balance, resilience, creativity, and ease of living.

    Friday, 7 p.m.-Sunday, 2 p.m.
    Presenter: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $195 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $125 (includes presentations, meals)
    Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by May 6
    Minimum 12 participants

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    June 17-23

    Summer Directed Retreat

    This retreat offers time for prayer, silence, and solitude with the daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director. Amenities include a private room, prayer spaces, cloister garden, spacious grounds, nearby Fox River biking and hiking trail, and indoor pool.

    Spiritual Directors: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Msgr. Jim Feely, Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem., Kathy Welhouse

    Friday, 4 p.m.-Thursday, 1 p.m.
    Retreats can be scheduled for 3, 4, 5, or the entire 6 days
    Cost: 3 days–$300; 4 days–$400; 5 days–$475; 6 days–$550
    (includes private room, daily spiritual direction, meals, abbey amenities)Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by June 10

     

     

    June 24-26

    Finding God in All Things: A Silent Ignatian Retreat

    God is always inviting us into a deeper, more loving, and meaningful relationship. But do we take the time to hear the invitation? This retreat provides the perfect opportunity to grow in methods of prayer that help us walk with the Lord. Seven presentations are offered throughout the weekend followed by time for rich silence. We hope you will come and walk with us.

    Friday 4 p.m.-Sunday 1 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ
    Cost: $210 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $150 (includes presentations, meals)
    Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by June 17
    Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

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