UPCOMING SILENT RETREATS

WOMEN’S 2014:
October 23-26
November 6-9

Women's 2015:
February 19-22
March 5-8
May 14-17
June 18-21
August 13-16
September 17-20
October 22-25
November 5-8

MEN’S 2015:
February 26-March 1
March 19-22
August 20-23
September 24-27
November 19-22
 

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

 


DAYS OF RECOLLECTION

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

2014 Dates

November 18
Living the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Directed by Teri Kemmer & Monsignor Richard Mahowald

December 9
Advent with the Prophet Isaiah and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Directed by Father Greg Tschakert

 

2015 Dates

February 10
Directed by Father Joe Vogel- Topic TBA

March 10
Directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald – Topic TBA

April 7
Directed by Father Ken Lulf- Topic TBA

May 12
Directed by Father Greg Tschakert- Topic TBA

THURSDAY, June 25
Topic & Director TBA

August 11
Directed by Father Greg Tschakert- Topic TBA

September 15
Director and Topic TBA

October 13
Director and Topic TBA

November 10
Directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald- Topic TBA

December 8 – Holy Day of Obligation
Director and Topic TBA
 

 


2014 SPECIAL RETREATS

COUPLES RETREAT Directed by Father Joe Vogel

December 5-7, 2014

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.

 

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What you can expect from a Four-Day Ignatian Silent Retreat at Broom Tree?

Starting on Thursday nights with registration at 6 pm, both our Men's and Women's Ignatian Silent Retreats generally conclude on Sundays at 5 pm.

The daily schedule contains four or five general conferences, each approximately a half hour in length. These conferences are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Each conference is followed by a free period in which to reflect and pray on the given scripture presented and to apply them to one’s own life. There is also an opportunity for Spiritual Direction daily.

Each day the retreatant has the opportunity to participate in the Eucharist, the rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Benediction. 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).

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.

Cost?

Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center is sustained by the donations of the retreatants. All are welcome at Broom Tree. No one is excluded because of inability to make a retreat donation. 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.

What 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.

What are the rooms like?

Each retreatant enjoys a private room, with a queen sized bed, private bath, and chair for relaxing with an over-sized window to admire the beautiful scenery God has created at Broom Tree. An Adoration Chapel is also available to share quiet time with God. There is also a large dining room and exercise facilities. We also have a gift shop and bookstore located in the retreat center.

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.

-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.

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THE VALUE OF SILENCE
"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