Retreats and Workshops

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Mount Alvernia Retreat Center offers retreats throughout the year. All faiths are invited to attend. Over 6500 persons retreat to Mt. Alvernia each year. Retreat and workshop subjects include—but are not limited to—healing for the physically ill, spiritual, marriage enrichment, addictions, and abuse. Individuals, couples, and groups may attend the retreats. Children may also attend the healing retreats. The typical retreat lasts for two-and-half days (Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday).

For  weekend retreat descriptions and scheduling information, see the retreat and workshop schedule.

For information about one-day retreats, see monthly one-day retreats.

All retreats require registration. To register, please telephone the Mount Alvernia Retreat Office at (845) 297-5706, ext. 112 or send e-mail to mtalverniaretreat@gmail.com. Please call Mount Alvernia if you have a time-sensitive question. The telephone is the preferred contact method.

If you have special dietetic needs, you must indicate them when you telephone or include them in your e-mail. (For weekend retreats retreatants are also reminded to sign-in upon arrival at 7PM on Friday evenings.) The center is handicap accessible and includes an elevator for those retreatants who are unable to use the stairs. If you use a service dog, please call ahead to make special arrangements; otherwise, no pets or exotic animals are allowed.

If your group is interested in attending a retreat, your group coordinator should contact the Mount Alvernia Retreat Office for registration and accommodation information. Group coordinators must confirm the approximate number of retreatants at least one week prior to the retreat date.

RATES AND FEES FOR VARIOUS RETREATS

Weekend Retreat

Midweek Retreats

Monthly One-Day Retreat

Please contact Mount Alvernia Retreat Office for the latest rate information. Personal checks are accepted; make checks payable to Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center. Mount Alvernia, a non-profit organization, does not deny attendance because of a person’s lack of financial resources. Deposits will be returned if a scheduled retreat is under-subscribed.

Additional information about accommodations, meal times, dietetic needs, etc. is listed in the Miscellaneous section below. If you have additional questions, please contact the Mount Alvernia Retreat Office at (845) 297-5706 ext. 112.

For travel information, see visitor's information and directions.

For a virtual tour, view the Mount Alvernia Experience topic on YouTube.

The 2019 Spring Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
Jan 4-6 Quo Vadis
Jan. 16-18 Sacred Heart Kairos
Jan. 18-20 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Jan 24-27 Tres Dias (Men)
Jan 28-Feb.1 Brothers of St. Gregory
Feb 1-3 St. Denis Parish Retreat (Men)
Feb 8-10 NY Archdiocese Diaconate Retreat
Feb. 12 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Feb 15-17 Inter-Community Formation Retreat
Feb 22-24 AGRA
Feb 28-Mar.3 Tres Dias (Women)
Mar. 4-7 Priests' Retreat Eparchy of Stamford
Mar. 7-10 St. Joseph Hill H.S.
Mar. 12 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Mar. 15-17 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Mar. 22-24 Inter-Community Formation Workshop
Mar. 28-Apr.1 Tres Dias (Men)
Apr. 4-7 Cursillo (Men)
Apr. 9 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Apr. 11 NY Archdiocese Catechetical Meeting
Apr. 12-14 Inter-Community Formation Workshop
Apr. 17-19 Christ the King Triduum Retreat
Apr. 26-28 Matt Talbot (Men)
May 4-6 Fellowship
May 4-11 Carmelite Novices' Retreat
May 11-13 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish
May 14 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
May 17 Beginning Experience
May 17-19 Tres Dias (Women)
May 20-23 Chinese Cursillo
May 24-26 St. Therese Parish

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The 2019 Summer Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
June May 31-June 2 Matt Talbot (Women)
June 7-9 Matthew's Prayer Group
June 9-16 St. Stanislaus Parish
June 11 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
June 17-21 OFM Immaculate Conception Province Chapter
June 21-23 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
June 29-31 Sisters Guide by Grace
July 1-7 Brothers of St. Gregory
July 12-14 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
July 14-19 Sisters' Retreat. See Sisters Summer Retreat for information.
July 19-21 Eleven Step Retreat
July 21-26 Icon Retreat
July 26-28 Deacons Diocese of Bridgeport
July 28-Aug.2 Christian Brothers' Retreat
Aug. 2-4 Our Lady of Angela Retreat
Aug. 9-11 John Henry Retreat
Aug. 12-15 FLIC
Aug. 16-18 AGNA
Aug. 18-21 Chinese Cursillo
Aug. 23-25 St. Adalbert SFO
Aug. 30-Sept.1 Holy Innocents' Parish

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The 2019 Fall Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
Sept. 6-8 St. Joseph's Parish Retreat
Sept. 7-9 St. Matthew Prayer Group
Sept. 12-15 Tres Dias (Men)
Sept. 20-22 Inter-Community Formation Workshop
Sept. 20-22 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Sept. 26-27 Convent of Sacred Heart H.S.
Sept. 27-29 St. Francis Young Adults
Oct. 4-6 Secular Franciscan (FSO) Retreat
Oct. 10-13 Tres Dias (Women)
Oct. 18-20 Matt Talbot
Oct. 21-24 Capuchin Friars Retreat
Oct. 24-27 Men's Cursillo
Oct. 29-31 Vicars for Religious
Nov. 1-3 Fellowship
Nov. 7-10 Women's Cursillo
Nov. 15-17 John Henry Retreat
Nov. 22-24 Sisters Guided by Grace
Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Five Feasts of the Child Jesus Retreat
Dec 1 Christmas Party Catholic Engaged Encounter
Dec. 6-8 Matt Talbot (Women)
Dec. 12-15 St. Joseph Hill H.S.

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One-Day Retreats

Schedule for the Retreat Day: 8:30-9:15AM Breakfast, 9:30AM First Conference, 10:30-11AM Sacrament of Reconciliation, 11:15-11:45AM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 12 Noon Lunch, 1:15PM Second Conference, 2PM Mass and Closing.

Fee: $30 for individuals and $50 for couples. Park in the back of the Retreat Center and enter using the Lower Level ramp door.
 
Dates 2019 Descriptions
February 12 Two More New Saints: St. Gianna Molla (Mother and Pediatrician +1962), St. Guiseppe Moscato (Physician +1927)
March 12 Living Lent
April 9 Living Holy Week and Easter
May 14 Still Two More Saints: St. Pier Giorgio Frassati (+1925), St. Edith Stein (+1942)
June 11 The Eucharist: Conference 1- The Tabernacle: Holy of Holies, Conference 2- Eucharistic Etiquette

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Solitude Days

These days are welcome rest from our busy lives and burdensome schedules. Mt. Alvernia provides a quiet setting to "come away" and be spiritually refreshed by the silence.

Any weekday--From 8AM to 3PM--without a schedule to follow--pray, read, journal, rest. Come for a morning or stay the day. You are welcome to enjoy the grounds, chapel, and facilities of the Retreat Center. Bring a bag lunch or make the day one of fasting from food, talking, and noise! Refreshments are provided. Phone Registration is required, free will offering. Please call (845)297-5706, extension 112. Mass at 8AM is optional.
 

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Miscellaneous

Accommodations: Single- and double-occupancy rooms are available. 52 bedrooms are modest in design and each room has a private bath. The entire retreat center has been recently renovated and is air-conditioned. The center is handicap accessible and includes an elevator.

Free parking is available in the back lot.

Retreatants are required to pre-register with a nonrefundable desposit of $25.00 to reserve their places. For information, use the Contact List  to call, fax, or e-mail Mt. Alvernia.

Retreatants need to sign-in upon arrival at 7 PM on Friday evenings. (Departure time is after lunch on Sunday.)

Meals for weekend retreats

Phones in the retreat side of the premises are programmed to handle only local calls.

An elevator is available for those retreatants who are unable to use the stairs. If you use a service dog, please call ahead to make special arrangements; otherwise, no pets or exotic animals are allowed.

The gym is no longer available for sports.

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