Religious Life

Save The Date: Advent Retreat with Mass 12/14/14 10am-3pm

"Finding My Voice" retreat with Fr. Warren Savage and Mary Keator. Open to all but designed especially for college students at the end of a full semester, the retreat includes Mass, conferences on the Lectionary readings, lunch, and time to take a breath in God. $35 fee covers lunch and all materials. Full scholarships will be provided for college student registrants. Spaces are limited and registration is necessary: " DeCice Hall Events and Registration (scroll to base of page). This retreat will be offered at DeCice Hall and the Chapel at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton Street, Holyoke MA. (Travel to and from campus will be arranged.)

Some Options

SPRING BREAK 2014 Retreat with the Newman Catholic Club. WHAT/WHO: The Newman Club is sponsoring an off-campus retreat over the first weekend of Spring Recess 2014. Our retreat leaders will be Sr. Chris Clark, DHM and Fr. Warren Savage. WHERE: Our retreat site is Kennebunkport, Maine, at the St. Anthony Franciscan Friary and St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery Estate. We will be participating in Mass and invited to meet with one or two of the friars while there. Visit for photos and details. WHEN: We will carpool together from campus late Friday afternoon (4 or 5 pm.), enjoy dinner on the road, and settle in with prayer and song on Friday night. Our retreat on Saturday and Sunday will include conferences with Chris and Fr. Warren, time for rest and reflection, Mass on Saturday with the friars, one or two walks along the shoreline (weather permitting). We will carpool back to Amherst late Sunday afternoon. The retreat will culminate in Chapin Chapel with Mass and a blessing at 5 pm. on Sunday. HOW: Would you like to sign up and/or help us plan? Contact the Newman Club at or contact Dresdiana Mavindidze at or in person at Sunday Mass.

What is a retreat?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I. offers a good introduction to 'retreat' and begins speaking about 'Sabbath time' in the Youtube video preview of a 10-part video issued in 2010. See"Creating Sabbath Space"


Blessed Sacrament Church Adoration Chapel is always open. Come, contemplate. Visit online at Adoration Chapel


You can visit the 3 minute retreat online anytime - in the Jesuit tradition 3-Minute-Retreat

The 'Busy Person's Retreat' is popular - one online is offered by the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondolet Busy Person


(because of the online retreats with optional SKYPE companioning option and the email component for some options) ----The Benedictine Nuns of Holy Trinity Monastery, Herefordshire Shared Cloister Retreats


See the Holy Family Retreat House --Many formats for men, women, families, groups

Check out the retreats that happen to be listed in the "off-campus opportunities" page -- (scroll down for retreats in the list. This will be updated from time to time.)

Campion Center -- Campion in the Jesuit tradition, a retreat center outside Boston.

Creighton University offers a 34-week retreat in the Jesuit Tradition, for everyday life Creighton 34-Week Everyday Life Retreat

The Newman spring 2013 retreat took place at The St. Anthony Monastery in Kennebunk.

We had a great experience in Christ. Consider taking time away yourself sometime this year.

The Newman spring 2014 retreat will be offered at The St. Anthony Monastery in Kennebunk.

Sr. Chris Clark, DHM and Fr. Warren Savage will facilitate. Contact a Newman Club leader for more information.