Womens 2018

February 15-18
March 15-18
May 3-6
June 21-24
August 9-12
September 6-9
October 18-21
November 15-18

Men's 2018

February 22-25
April 19-22
May 17-20
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

February 13
"The Seven Last Words of Christ"
directed by Dr. Teri Kemmer

 March 13
“The Passion of God & the Passion of Man:
Why Suffering, Why Me?”

directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald 

April 17
“The Heart of the Book of Romans”
directed by Father Andrew Dickinson

May 15
The World's Greatest Treasure: Friendship with God
directed by Father Joe Vogel

August 21
Topic TBA
directed by Father Tom Anderson

September 11
Topic TBA

directed by Dr. Teri Kemmer

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

November 13
Topic & Director TBA

December 11
Lift Up Your Hearts
Directed by Father David Roehrich 




February 9-11, 2018 - Directed by Father Jeff Norfolk
December 7-9, 2018 - Director TBA

"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.



May 11-12, 2018 – Directed by Father Scott Traynor

This year we are offering an overnight conference as a gift for all women. It’s a chance to get away for a night, spend some time with the Lord, visit with friends or better yet, make new ones! Father Traynor will be here to offer us good counsel as to how we can best live out our common call to holiness in daily life. The overnight also includes Mass Friday evening and Saturday morning, times for confession, communal Morning Prayer and a Social on Friday night. While there may be times of silence during this event, it is not a silent retreat.


Freedom In Christ

Facilitated by Mike Snyder & Jane Barz
of The Matthew Ministry 

March 2-4, 2018
October 12-14

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.    


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.



October 14-18, 2018
Directed by Father Larry Gillick, S.J.

The retreat begins Sunday evening and ends Thursday before lunch.
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 taught at Campion Jesuit High in Wisconsin for the next three years. He was ordained in June, 1972 after completing his theology studies at Regis College in Toronto. For the next seven years, he was on the staff of the seminary in Toronto as a Spiritual Director for the younger Jesuits.

He was sent to Omaha in 1979 as Spiritual Director for the young Scholastics studying at Creighton University and living at Campion House in Omaha. In 1984, he assumed the office of Rector of the Jesuit Community at Creighton Prep in Omaha. He served in this capacity until the fall of 1991, when he was assigned to be the Director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University. After Campion House closed in May of 2001, he assumed the office of Superior of Mulumba House. He still serves as Director of the Deglman Center.

Father Gillick presently occupies his time doing spiritual direction of students, faculty and alumni of Creighton University, as well as, directing retreats and days of reflection around the country.



November 30-Dec 2, 2018–
Directed by Deacon James Keating 

The Deacon as Spiritual Leader
Being in Holy Orders is a gift given to men who want to be creative, imaginative and take initiative in all things spiritual. We are living in a time of waning faith in our culture. The deacon of today needs to be a man of mission not maintenance. Come and let Christ light a fire in your heart so you might help find a solution to assisting Christ to “draw all Men to Himself.”




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.  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 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