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“A retreat is a moment of prolonged personal encounter, without distractions, with God, and in God, with oneself," says Father Guillermo Serra.

Why go on a spiritual retreat?

Apr 6, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Four Catholic priests share their reflections in answer to a simple but very important question for the life of faith:... Read more

The Saint Sharbel Spiritual Life Center in Pittsburgh opened in December 2023 and offers spiritual formation with a special focus on the life of Maronite priest and hermit St. Sharbel Makhlouf.

One-of-a-kind Saint Sharbel spiritual center opens in Pittsburgh

Jan 10, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

Located in Pittsburgh’s suburban neighborhood of Beechview sits a unique Catholic spiritual center that is the only one of its... Read more

Father Timothy Radcliffe addresses the bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Synod on Synodality retreat looks to ‘transcend all our disagreements’

Oct 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Hundreds of synod delegates are meeting in a retreat center in Sacrofano, 20 miles north of Rome, for the three-day... Read more

Young people at Holy Family Mission in County Waterford, Ireland.

Catholic gap year program in Ireland prepares young people for lifelong mission

Mar 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A new gap year program gives young people the opportunity to spend one year living in Ireland in an intentional... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in the Roman Curia’s Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy, on March 6-10, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pandemic forces changes to Roman Curia’s annual Lenten retreat

Jan 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has asked members of the Roman Curia to make their own arrangements for a private retreat at the... Read more

Pope Francis venerating the Cross at the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope's Lenten spiritual exercises to focus on the 'Thirst of Christ'

Jan 31, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The annual Lenten retreat for the Pope and members of the Roman Curia will this year focus on the theme,... Read more

Pope Francis praying.

Pope Francis is going on retreat – and you can join in

Mar 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Pope Francis leaves Sunday to begin his annual Lenten retreat, Fr. Giulio Michelini, the priest leading this year’s spiritual... Read more

Pope Francis visits the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica to pray at the tombs of his predecessors, Nov. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis seeks silence, reflection on annual retreat

Mar 3, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia leave Sunday to begin their annual five-day retreat on the spiritual exercises... Read more