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 2018 Fall Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Holy Innocents Parish
Sept. 3-6 Chinese Cursill
Sept. 7-9 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Sept. 8 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana). Call Family Life Office: 212-371-1000. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Sept. 12-15 Tres Dias (Men)
Sept. 17-20 NY Catholic Prison Chaplains
Sept. 20-23 Men's Cursillo
Sept. 28-30 St. Francis Parish Young Adults (NYC)
Oct. 5-7 SFO Retreat
Oct. 9 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Oct. 12-14 Alanon
Oct. 15-18 Capuchin Friars Retreat
Oct. 19-21 Matt Talbot
Oct. 23-25 Vicars for Religious (Archdiocese of NY)
Oct. 26-28 Fellowship Group
Oct. 27 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana). Call Family Life Office: 212-371-1000. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Nov. 1-4 Tres Dias (Women)
Nov. 5-8 Maryknoll Deacon Partners
Nov. 8-9 Dutchess County Leadership Group
Nov. 9-11 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Nov. 9-11 Intercommunity Formation Workshop
Nov. 15-18 Women's Cursillo
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Matt Talbot
Dec. 6-9 St. Joseph Hill Academy H.S.
Dec. 14-15 Brothers of Our Lady of the Angels

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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 Fall 2018 Descriptions
September 11 On This Holy Ground: Conference 1- The 50th Anniversary of Mt. Alvernia Retreat House, Conference 2- The Franciscan Way of Following Christ
October 9 Two New Saints: Pope St. Paul VI (+1978), Archbishop St. Oscar Romeo (+1980)
November 13 Gaudete et Exultate - Apostolic Exhortation on the Call to Holiness in Today's World - Pope Francis
December 11 Advent and Christmas Preparations
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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