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Retreats

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

  • Eucharistic Liturgy
    Weekdays, 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Morning Prayer
    Weekdays, 7:30 a.m.
    Saturday, 8 a.m.
    Sunday, 9 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 Center for Spirituality offers a place of quiet serenity. With simply furnished rooms, delicious meals, and opportunities for prayer and reflection, 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 Center for Spirituality at 920.337.4315.

    • 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, and nearby Fox River biking and hiking trail

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

     

     

    January 13, February 17, March 10, April 14

    Days of Prayer and Reflection

    Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. Days of Prayer and Reflection offer 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.

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    (optional 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine Community)
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $40 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, lunch, refreshments, private room, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

     

     

    January 24

    Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Winter

    Seasons of the year can be analogous to our lives. They provide a lens for paying attention to how the spiritual life unfolds. Join Pastor Lee Goodwin, spiritual director and mindfulness teacher, and examine the season of winter: a time of silence, stillness, and solitude. Explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment through poetry, personal reflection, brief presentations, and discussion. A perfect way to embrace winter and enhance one's spiritual journey.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by January 16 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    April 2-5

    Triduum Retreat with Sr. Ann Rehrauer, OSF
    Through the Eyes of Those Who Walked with Jesus

    During the Sacred Triduum, as we celebrate the key events of the Paschal Mystery, we encounter several biblical characters including Peter, Judas, the two thieves, John, Mary, and Mary Magdalene, who not only reflect their historical role and context, but also mirror aspects of our own lives. In the liturgies of the days and our personal prayer, we will reflect together on how grace and the example of Christ draw good out of evil and life from death.

    Sr. Ann is offering five presentations throughout the retreat: Thursday evening, Friday morning and evening, Saturday morning and afternoon. A complete schedule is available online here and at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality.


    Sr. Ann Rehrauer, OSF, currently serves on the leadership team for her community, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. Previously she had served as director of Diocesan Evangelization, Living Justice, and Worship, and as associate director of the Liturgy Secretariat for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. She holds a canon law degree and has offered presentations nationally.

    Thursday, 4 p.m.-Easter Sunday Liturgy, 10 a.m.
    Cost: $280 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $120 (includes presentations only; meals available upon request for an additional fee)
    Registration and non-refundable, non-transferable $50 deposit required by March 25

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This retreat has been canceled.

     

    April 10-11

    Whatsoever You Do...
    A Service Retreat for Young Adults (ages 21-39)

    This retreat experience provides opportunities for prayer, personal and group reflection on Scripture, and Catholic Social Teaching, as well as hands-on service experiences within the local community. Join other young adults who are looking for ways to enhance their spiritual lives and give back to those in need.

    Please note: the retreat begins with Mass at 4:30 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer at 5:05 p.m. with the Norbertine Community.

    Friday, 4 p.m.-Saturday, 2 p.m.
    Facilitators: Ellen Mommaerts, Director—Norbertine Volunteer Community,
    members of the Norbertine Volunteer Community
    Cost: $60 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Registration and $30 deposit required by April 1 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    May 2

    Sustaining the Spiritual Life Retreat

    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 day is intended for former participants of the Deepening the Spiritual Life program; however, it is not a prerequisite for attendance.

    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 event by calling 920.337.4315.

    Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $50 (includes morning refreshments, presentations, handouts, lunch)
    Registration and payment required by April 24 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    May 9

    Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Spring

    Seasons of the year can be analogous to our lives. They provide a lens for paying attention to how the spiritual life unfolds. Join Pastor Lee Goodwin, spiritual director and mindfulness teacher, and examine the hope-filled season of spring. Explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment through poetry, personal reflection, brief presentations, and discussion. It is a perfect way to celebrate spring and enhance one's spiritual journey.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by May 1 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    May 12, June 16, July 14, August 11

    Days of Prayer and Reflection

    Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. Days of Prayer and Reflection offer 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.

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    (optional 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine Community)
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $40 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, lunch, refreshments, private room, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

     

     

    June 10-15

    Summer Directed Retreat

    This retreat offers a time of 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., Patricia De Groot, Kathy Welhouse

    Wednesday, 4 p.m.-Monday lunch
    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 room, meals, daily spiritual direction, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required by June 1

     

     


    Please note: This retreat is full to capacity.

    June 19-21

    Everyday Epiphanies:
    A Retreat with Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

     

     

    July 22

    A Retreat for Women:
    The Book of Ruth

    "In the final analysis, the biblical women Ruth and Naomi are simply metaphors, models of all the women of the world who push and prod and guide and give support to the rest of us through all the trying moments of life, however momentous, however mundane." —Joan Chittister

    The Book of Ruth is one of the most beautiful stories of the Bible, full of wisdom, hope, loving relationships, and faith amidst challenges. Within this retreat, the story of Ruth is re-enacted and the concepts of transformation, empowerment, and God’s grace are examined in each of our lives and in the lives of women everywhere. The day includes presentations, reflections, and sharing.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitators: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Judy Turba
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by July 16 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    July 31-August 2

    Everyday Epiphanies:
    A Retreat with Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

    A major challenge on our Christian journey is to recognize God's presence in our daily lives. Then, once
    recognized, we are called to respond. This retreat focuses on the invasions of God's grace and ways we might be
    open and responsive to those divine comings.


    Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau is known for his pastoral presence, love of poetry and literature, sense of humor, and competitive game of golf. He has authored numerous books and essays and is respected for his expertise in the area of stewardship. In addition to his responsibilities as pastor of Resurrection Catholic Parish, Bishop Bob remains a sought-after retreat leader and lecturer. In fact, his summertime retreats have been a mainstay for many people over the years. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is pleased to be able to host this retreat. Early registration is encouraged, as it is expected to fill quickly.

    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 June 15
    Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

     

     

    August 12

    Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat

    Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which helps one open one's mind and heart to God beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It is a way of resting in God, consenting to God's presence, and action within. This day-long retreat offers basic instruction in the four guidelines of Centering Prayer, opportunities to experience Centering Prayer, and time for enjoying Abbey amenities, including prayer spaces, the labyrinth, and walking trails.

    Please note: For those wishing to deepen their Centering Prayer practice, group Centering Prayer is offered Tuesdays, 7:10-7:55 a.m.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $35 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required by August 5 | Minimum 8 participants


     

    August 15

    Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Summer

    Seasons of the year can be analogous to our lives. They provide a lens for paying attention to how the spiritual life unfolds. Join Pastor Lee Goodwin, highly regarded spiritual director and mindfulness teacher, and examine the warmth and vibrancy of summer. Explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment through poetry, personal reflection, brief presentations, and discussion. It is a perfect way to celebrate summer and enhance one's spiritual journey.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by August 8 | Minimum 10 participants

     

    SAVE THE DATE

    Edwina Gately, noted speaker, writer, advocate, poet, and recipient of numerous national and international humanitarian awards, is coming to De Pere! Details will be included in theNorbertine Center for Spirituality's Summer/Fall 2015 program guide.
  • Thursday, October 22: general presentation, St. Norbert College
  • Friday-Saturday, October 23-24: overnight retreat for women, Norbertine Center for Spirituality
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