Retreats are a great time to get away to reflect,
enjoy both quiet time and fellowship with others, hear excellent talks,
be fed well and enjoy prayer services and Mass.
Our Lady of Calvary Retreat
Address: 31 Colton Street, Farmington, CT
Come for a weekend, a day, an evening or an hour. At OLC, the natural beauty of the grounds and the peaceful atmosphere of the retreat center can provide a much-needed break from your daily routine. It offers the quiet solitude you may need to hear God’s word and message with new clarity. A retreat at OLC is an opportunity to step aside from everyday concerns to relax and care for your soul.
Embracing Joy: Learning to Bear the Beams of Love
In this journey called life, we are invited to relationship, and it is through relationship that we are schooled in love. St. Paul described this love in his first letter to the Corinthians:
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
- 1Corinthians 13: 7
Life offers us many opportunities to choose love, especially in the midst of chaos and struggle. We are gently beckoned to come close to love, to embrace love, to learn how we might love others. As William Blake wrote: “…we are put on earth a little space that we may learn to bear the beams of love.”
In this retreat we will come to discover that this process takes a lifetime, but the fruit of the journey is joy. A wise woman once said, “Joy is not the happiness we crave; joy is the sunshine that breaks through the storm clouds …. It is the echo of the God-life that bubbles up to the surface of our life precisely when we least expect it.”
For more informtion on this retreat including dates, click HERE.
OLC Calendar of Retreats
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
Address: 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT
For a weekend or a day, an evening or an hour, come away to this sacred space and rest awhile. Gain stillness for your mind, nourishment for your body, and wisdom for your spirit. Give yourself a moment to breathe and gain insight on your life. Quiet your mind and invigorate your soul. Whether you are seeking peace or yearning for change, we welcome you to a tranquil oasis.
Click HERE for more information on retreats at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.
St. Mary's - Men's Retreats
The men of the parish attend one weekend retreat each spring at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford from 7 pm Friday until Sunday morning. Contact Jerry Graham (651-6621) for more information. Check the bulletin and the website calendar (shown below) for upcoming dates.
St. Mary's - Women's Retreats
The women of the parish go to Our Lady of Calvary Retreat House in Farmington for one weekend a year in the spring from Friday evening until Sunday morning. If a weekend away is too long, then come for just the day on Saturday. A women's weekend retreat at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford is also an option for the ladies. For more information, please contact Ellen Graham (651-6621) or Mary Blume (860-651-8302).