Womens 2018
August 9-12 (full w/ a waiting list)
September 6-9 (full w/ a waiting list)
October 18-21 (full w/ a waiting list)
November 15-18 (full w/ a waiting list)

Men's 2018
September 20-23
October 25-28

We also offer limited opportunities for 8-Day Directed Silent Retreats. Please visit our Directed Retreats page on this website, call for more information 605-263-1040 or email broomtree@sfcatholic.org



In addition to our Ignatian Silent Retreat Schedule,we offer regularly scheduled days of rest and recollection. Beginning at 10am and ending at 3pm, these day-long retreats consist of two conferences and Mass as well as built in time for Adoration and an opportunity for Confession. Lunch is provided. There is no set cost for these retreats.  Rather, we invite retreatants to prayerfully make a donation to Broom Tree. It is through these gifts that Broom Tree remains available and accessible to all.  Space is limited. Register early.

TO REGISTER click the link above or for more Information call: 605-263-1040 or email:  broomtree@sfcatholic.org

2018 DATES

August 21
Proclaiming Jesus Christ
directed by Father Tom Anderson 

September 11
Three States of the Church: Militant, Penitent & Triumphant

directed by Dr. Teri Kemmer assisted by Father Anthony Urban

October 23
What are People Saying Today About Angels?
directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald 

November 13
Meditating with the Saints
directed by Father John Helmueller 

December 11
Lift Up Your Hearts
directed by Father David Roehrich 



Hail Mary Full of Grace

Directed by Dr. Teri Kemmer

 October 12-14, 2018

We invite you (male or female, single or married, religious or laity) for a fruit-filled weekend with Our Mother, The Virgin Mary. The weekend will open your hearts to honor our Mother Mary as she draws us through her Immaculate Heart into the Sacred Heart of her Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. We will journey with Mary through scripture as we ponder her life and actions. You will have personal time and short periods of silence to reflect on her life and on scripture. In addition you will be introduced to a variety of Marian devotions.  The retreat begins Friday evening and ends Sunday after lunch.


Freedom In Christ

Facilitated by Mike Snyder & Jane Barz
of The Matthew Ministry 

October 12-14, 2018

Using theophostic principles to bring healing to emotionally wounded people; this retreat offers hope and freedom to those seeking a way out of hurt and sorrow. It consists of presentations and ministry for those attending. Facilitated by Jane Barz and Mike Snyder from The Matthew Ministry. For more information about The Matthew Ministry visit their web site www.thematthewministry.com  For more information about Inner Healing Retreats the Freedom in Christ video has been posted here to assist you.    


Jesus and How He Meets His Priests

Directed by Father Larry Gillick, S.J.

October 14-18, 2018

The retreat begins Sunday evening and ends Thursday before lunch. Morning and Evening Office will be prayed together In addition to daily Mass. Presentations will be offered based on the Gospels for one half hour. An hour of prayerful reflection will follow with respectful silence. Fraternal sharing and enjoyment will be available during the other hours of the day. Individual conferences for Spiritual Direction will be available as well.

Father Larry Gillick, S.J. was born in Milwaukee and attended Marquette Jesuit High and St. Norbert College before entering the Society of Jesus in 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in 1966.  He presently serves as Spiritual Director for the students, faculty and alumni of Creighton University, as well as, directing retreats and days of reflection around the country.


Introduction to Quiet Prayer

November 3, 2018
December 15, 2018

One-Day Silent Retreats are designed to help you experience a taste of what a longer Silent Retreat is like. The day begins at 9am and runs through 4pm. During this time you will receive an orientation to silent prayer, enter into Grand Silence and spend the day with the Lord there. Holy Mass will be offered as well as time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, the Rosary and time to quiet your soul and listen for the voice of God in the silence.

Directed by Father Scott Traynor

November 9-11, 2018

"Remain in me, as I remain in you...Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,because without me you can do nothing." John 10:4-5 The goal of Catholic marriage is to die as saints under the tutelage of one another's love. During this retreat, you and your spouse will have the blessed opportunity to spend time receiving from the very heart of God all that you need to love in this way. The environment at Broom Tree provides beautiful, peaceful surroundings, good food, and all the time and good direction you need to dispose yourselves to the river of grace that lives in your marriage. The retreat begins on Friday night with registration from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and runs through lunchtime on Sunday. Broom Tree sponsored retreats are run by donation. Our cost is $360/couple.

We ask that you prayerfully consider your gift.




What are the Spiritual Exercises?

The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises provide a way to pray, an approach to making decisions and a practical guide to everyday life.

They were developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to assist people of faith in deepening their relationship with God. Through a collection of prayers, meditations and contemplative practices the Spiritual Exercises enable each of us to contemplate the life, Passion and Resurrection of Christ and consider how they provide the framework for how we should live and serve each day.

The Spiritual Exercises provide the foundation for all of our silent retreats. Through a series of presentations by one of our Spiritual Directors, these exercises allow retreatants to consider Creation, Sin, Repentance, and Redemption. And, through prayer and discernment, they provide the opportunity for those that practice them to realize and surrender to God’s great plan of salvation through Christ.

Being silent, waiting, and listening for God to speak - with nowhere to go, no agenda to keep, and no superficial social contact is the key ingredient for communicating with God. The beauty of the grounds also helps dispose oneself to hearing the Lord speak. Remember, Elijah did not find God in the earthquake, hurricane, or fire, but in the quiet breeze.(1 Kings 19:12).

Why a “Silent” Retreat?

For those who have never experienced a silent retreat, the idea of complete silence may seem intimidating. But ask any past retreatant and they will tell you that the experience is quite the opposite. Within silence is the opportunity for deep and meaningful spiritual reflection and discovery. In silence you can hear yourself think; but more importantly, you also give yourself the opportunity to actively listen for the voice of God and His desire for your life.

Why should I attend a Silent Retreat?

The reasons for participating in a Silent Retreat are numerous and highly personal.  For many, a retreat provides the opportunity to examine the quality of their spiritual life and the direction of their spiritual journey.  For some, a retreat provides an opportunity to examine and reflect on a serious challenge, decision, or commitment they maybe be facing.  For others, a retreat may be an opportunity for deeper conversion, purification, and growth in their own faith and personal relationship with God. No matter what the reason for attending a retreat, the resulting experience is unique, personal, and often life changing.

What can I expect during a Silent Retreat?

All of our silent retreat weekend and weekday retreats are based on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola which are the foundation of Ignatian Spirituality. They are intended to help people find God more deeply in the world in which they live by becoming completely aware of God’s presence in their life through reflection, prayer and contemplation. The retreat fosters a type of prayer that as Ignatius proposes allows, “the Creator to deal directly with the creature, and the creature directly with the Creator.” Every retreat is led by an experienced retreat director who will offer a series of points for prayer during the weekend. Daily opportunities for Mass, Confession, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Spiritual Direction are also available during the retreat.  There is also time for quiet walks on the grounds, Stations of the Cross and time for silent prayer outdoors or in the Sts. Isidore and Maria Chapel on the hill.

When do Broom Tree Silent Retreats start and end?

Check in begins Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the day of the specific retreat.  Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. The retreat ends at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday of the specific retreat.

What does it cost to attend a retreat?

Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center is sustained by the donations of the retreatants. Each Broom Tree sponsored retreat is run by donation. We count on the generosity of our retreatants and trust in the providence of God.  No one is turned away for financial reasons and there is no registration fee. All are welcome at Broom Tree.  Broom Tree's cost to provide meals and lodging for a Silent Retreat is $285/person ($95/day). We ask that you prayerfully consider this when making your donation.

Donations can be made by credit card or check or cash.  Envelopes are provided for this purpose.  Please make checks out to Broom Tree Retreat Center.

What is included in the cost to attend?

A private room with a private bath – Because the focus of our retreats is on personal contemplation, prayer and meditation, all retreatants are provided with an individual room with a comfortable, queen-sized bed, either a recliner or couch depending on the wing you are assigned and a private bath.  Towels, sheets, and blankets are also provided.

There is also an exercise room at the retreat center along with a bookstore should you care to visit it.

All meals, snacks and beverages – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at scheduled times during your retreat.  Beverages and coffee are available at all times along with snack items in the dining room.  For those with special dietary needs, we ask you to bring along food and beverages that you desire.  A guest refrigerator and microwave are available.

What should you bring to wear?

Casual clothing is recommended- slacks, sweaters, sports shirts, make for a relaxing weekend. Also, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring suitable outdoor wear for taking hikes on our trails. You may also wish to bring something suitable for Sunday mass.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes. All retreatants must be 18 or over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  That being said, it is important to mention that this retreat is not suitable for children under the age of 16. The young adult suited for a 4-Day Silent Retreat at Broom Tree will already be accustomed to silence in prayer, have a personal desire for retreat as a response to their experiences in prayer, and possess the maturity to room alone and remain in silence for the duration of the retreat. Should you have a desire to bring a young adult on retreat with you, please call to let us know.

What can I expect at mealtime?

At Broom Tree, our kitchen staff prepares fresh quality meals to compliment your retreat experience. Breakfast consists of continental and basic breakfast offerings. Lunch and dinner both include a salad bar, an entrée and dessert. At all meals beverages are available.

Do you have special dietary needs?   As an alternative to the entrée prepared for all retreatants a salad bar is provided at lunch and dinner.  Please feel free to bring any special foods or beverages you want, or need, on retreat with you.  A guest refrigerator is available for your use.  We ask that food items are in appropriate containers for storage and refrigeration.  

For an additional donation, a specially prepared entree may be requested prior to your retreat.  Please note your request when you register for your retreat.


Not all retreats scheduled at Broom Tree are Silent Ignatian Retreats. We have the privilege of hosting many different types throughout the year.

-Sample Conferences-

The following are links from an Inner Healing Retreat interview on the Lamb Radio with Jane Barz, and two of the Ignatian Silent Retreat Conferences given by Fr. Chris Collins, SJ at Broom Tree in 2009.  They are just a sample of what you can expect from an Ignatian Silent Retreat at Broom Tree.

Retreat #1 with Fr. Chris Collins

Retreat #2 with Fr. Chris Collins


Retreat with Jane Barz - An Example of the Inner Healing Retreat



"Silence is not simply the absence of noise. It is a necessary condition for discernment and reflection, for meditation and prayer, and for "welcoming the word" into our minds and hearts."
~ Archbishop Robert Carlson