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Retreats

During your stay at the 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.
  • Eucharistic Liturgy
    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, and 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 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 Center 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!"

     

     

    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., Kathy Welhouse

    Wednesday, 4 p.m.-Monday, 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 payment required by June 3

     

     

    June 16, July 14, August 11

    Summer 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.

    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.-4 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

     

     

    July 22

    Book of Ruth Retreat


    "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 amid challenges. Within this retreat, the story of Ruth is retold 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 presentations, refreshments, lunch)
    Registration and payment required by July 15 | Minimum 8 participants

     

     


    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 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. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is pleased to be able to host this retreat and 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, private 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 us open our minds and hearts to God beyond
    thoughts, words, and emotions. In this day-long retreat, learn the four simple steps of Centering Prayer, explore
    the background of this ancient Christian prayer form, and experience several periods of time with God in the
    silence.

    Please note: ongoing Centering Prayer sessions are offered Tuesday mornings at 7:10 a.m. See our Ongoing Programs for more information.

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

     

     

    September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8

    Fall 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.

    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.-4 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

     

     

    October 23-24

    Soul Sisters: A Retreat for Women
    Rediscovering Our Sisters in Scripture and Reclaiming
    the Feminine Soul

    During this retreat, the role of women in Scripture is explored from a woman's perspective. See these models
    of faith come alive in this contemporary interpretation. Feminine images of God are examined as well as the
    importance of compassion in the process of healing ourselves and our planet. This time together will affirm us
    in our call to be healers and nurturers, bringing us hope in a broken world.

    Friday, 4:30 p.m.-Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
    Facilitator: Edwina Gateley
    Cost: $125 (includes presentations, private room, meals)
    Commuters: $90 (includes presentations, meals)
    Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by October 16
    Maximum 50 participants

    Edwina Gateley, international retreat facilitator and lecturer, prolific author, and awardwinning humanitarian, is a most courageous woman with a prophetic voice who is literally changing the world.

    Born and raised in England, Edwina earned a Masters of Theology degree from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. There, she spent more than a year on the streets walking with homeless and exploited women. It was during this time that she founded Genesis House, a home for women involved in prostitution. Prior to her work in Chicago, Edwina served as a teacher and lay missionary for four years in Uganda, where she established a school for girls. In 1969, she founded the Volunteer Missionary Movement, an organization that recruits and trains lay missionaries.

    Edwina has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Spirit of St. Francis Award: Outstanding Catholic Laywoman in the State of Illinois; Catholic Woman of the Year in England and Wales; and the Oscar Romero Award from Mercyhurst College, Pennsylvania. Both Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and President Bill Clinton publicly commended Edwina's work and ministry, and she has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

     

     

    October 31

    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.
    Facilitator: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $50 (includes presentations, handouts, morning refreshments, lunch)
    Registration and payment required by October 23 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    November 20

    A Morning for Caregivers

    Caring for another can be a rewarding experience, an act of kindness and love. It is also
    a challenging role that can leave one feeling overwhelmed and alone. In this morning for
    caregivers, participants find respite from the demands of caregiving, encouragement from
    those on the journey, and support—body, mind, and spirit.

    Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
    Presenter: Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem.
    Cost: $10 (includes presentations, refreshments)
    Registration and payment required by November 13

     

    SAVE THE DATE

    Mark your calendar for these retreats next year! Details and schedules will be posted online at www.norbertines.org and included in the Norbertine Center for Spirituality's upcoming Winter/Spring 2016 program guide.
  • Triduum Retreat with Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA
    Professor emerita, Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
    March 24-27, 2016
  • Summer Preached Retreat with Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ
    Renowned Jesuit retreat facilitator
    June 24-26, 2016
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