THE ST. JOSEPH Retreat House near Whitesville, Kentucky offers visitors a chance to tastecontemplative life. This small facility, which servesapproximately 375 people a year, is essentially anextension of the monastic community of the PassionistNuns of St. Joseph Monastery who live on the samegrounds. Established in the 1940s, St. Joseph’s followsa centuries-long tradition of monasteries that haveadded rooms or buildings specifically to encouragepeople to enter their world for prayerful time awayfrom daily pressures. The 175 acres of woodlands and
A TASTE OF CONTEMPLATION IN THE KENTUCKY WOODS
trails surrounding this retreat house also provide spacefor reflection and contemplation.
The sisters don’t organize or give retreats (groupsare encouraged to bring their own leaders), nor do theyprovide spiritual direction (their priest chaplain is availablefor this), but rather they provide the setting and spiritualambience for individuals and groups. Because thisreligious community prays the Divine Office, visitors haveseveral opportunities each day to pray or attend Masswith them and absorb their devotion to Christ’s Passion.
A GROUP of retreatantsshare a few moments withthe Passionist nuns at St.
Joseph Retreat House nearWhitesville, Kentucky.
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LOCATED ON the ample grounds of the motherhouse of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the Weber Retreat and ConferenceCenter is located in the small Michigan townof Adrian, about an hour’s drive from Detroit.Established in 1970, the sisters see the center asan extension of the Dominican emphasis on thesearch for truth. With more than 14,000 visitorsa year, this busy retreat and conference centeroffers many opportunities for spiritual growthand renewal: monthly days of mindfulness;Holy Week, Advent, and summer retreats;and presentations on scripture, theology, andsocial justice issues. Visitors can also arrangefor private retreats with or without spiritualdirection. One unique feature of the center is theadjacent INAI: A Space Apart, an art gallery withspaces for art workshops and quiet reflection.WEBSITE: WEBERCENTER.ORG
VISITORS to theWeber Retreat andConference Centerchat in the garden.