Women's 2015:
October 22-25
November 5-8

Women's 2016:
February 18-21
March 3-6
May 12-15
June 16-19
August 11-14
September 15-18
October 20-23
November 3-6

Men's 2015:
September 24-27
November 19-22

Men's 2016:
February 25-28
April 7-10
August 18-21
September 22-25
November 17-20


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


ONE-DAY SILENT RETREATS: Introduction to Quiet Prayer

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Directed by Father Joe Vogel

One-Day Silent Retreats are designed to help you experience a taste of what a longer Silent Retreat is like.  The day begins at 10am 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. For more information call 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 led by reputable directors. 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

2015 Dates

September 15
Our Lady of Sorrows:
Faith, Hope & Love at the Foot of the Cross

Directed by Father Andrew Dickinson

October 13
Living the Parables that Laugh and Weep
Directed by Father Al Krzyzopolski

November 10
Divine Mercy
Directed by Dr. Teri Kemmer

December 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Mary: Our Model for Advent
Directed by Father Robert Wullweber



October 16-18

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 The Matthew Ministry. For more information about The Matthew Ministry see their web site www.thematthewministry.com

Directed by Monsignor Frank Malone
October 25-29, 2015

This Priest Retreat at Broom Tree is a non-silent, conference based retreat where you will have time to spend in prayer enjoying the peaceful, country surroundings. Take the time to let God renew you. Call Broom Tree to register. 605-263-1040

This retreat begins late Sunday afternoon and ends on Thursday after lunch.  In addition to 2 daily conferences, there is also Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer held in common, evening Holy Hour and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Afternoon time is unscheduled to provide time for rest and relaxation.

A native of Philadelphia,  Monsignor Malone is one of nine children, and a priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, ordained in 1977.  He received his seminary training at Holy Trinity Seminary, Irving, (1969-1977), during which time he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dallas, a M.Div. and a M.A. (Education) from the same University.  In 1989 he received a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America, Washington.  He was named a Prelate of Honor, with the title of “monsignor” in 1998, and in 2010 was named a Protonotary Apostolic.

                For 38 years, Monsignor Malone has served as a parish priest, high school educator, seminary vice-rector, and pastor, Spiritual Director for the Cursillo Movement, rector of the Cathedral, as well as Chancellor, Vicar General, Judicial Vicar, Diocesan Consultor, and currently Chancellor for Ecclesial Affairs for the Diocese of Little Rock. 

                In addition, for the past fourteen years he has been pastor of Christ the King Church and School, Little Rock.  This will be Monsignor Malone’s second visit to Broom Tree, having directed a weekend men's retreat here last year.  Monsignor Malone considers, among his life’s blessings, his uncle, Monsignor Bernard Malone, 91, and sixty-five years ordained.


Directed by Jessi Kary, AO
November 13-14, 2015

Whether a veteran in the spiritual life or a beginner, you can benefit from growing in the Discernment of Spirits. Our interior lives are a constant movement of thoughts, feelings and desires. These are the things that guide our actions and form our beliefs.  The work of the spiritual life is cooperating with those movements that are inspired by God and resisting the ones that aren’t.  But how do we know the difference?  And what does cooperating and resisting look like?

This overnight Discernment of Spirits Conference begins with registration at from 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday night with dinner to follow.  In addition, Holy Mass will be offered that evening after the first conference.  

There will be plenty of time to ask questions and visit with others who also desire to grow in the spiritual life and enjoy the good food and beautiful accommodations at Broom Tree.  Mothers with babies are welcome. The conference concludes on Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m.  The cost for this conference is based on donation. Broom Tree’s cost is $125 per person.  You are asked to prayerfully consider your gift.

Directed by Father David Roehrich
December 4-6, 2015

During this retreat couples will have the blessed opportunity to spend time together receiving from the very heart of God. The environment at Broom Tree makes for a perfect couples get-away...no TV, no radio, no phones or computers, just beautiful, peaceful surroundings, good food, and all the time and good direction you need to experience renewal in your marriage. Register early.





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 $270/person ($90/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.  Should you have specific dietary needs, please let us know when registering.  We will do our best to accommodate.  You may also bring food and beverages with you should you desire.  A refrigerator and microwave is 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.

Gluten Free – Although we cannot provide 100% gluten free prepared meals, at Broom Tree most of our meals are gluten free friendly. As an alternative to our entrée prepared for all retreatants a salad bar is provided at lunch and dinner.

Vegetarian – Although we do not provide a vegetarian entrée specifically, we do provide a full salad bar with various cheeses, beans and nuts to provide protein with your meal.

Dairy Free – You are welcome to bring dairy free alternatives that can be placed in our mini refrigerator in the retreat house.

Other dietary needs – Please feel free to bring any special foods or beverages you want, or need, on retreat with you. We ask that they are in appropriate containers for storage and refrigeration.

Please note that 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 to 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.




"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