Men’s and Women’s Retreats
Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston
Retreats are an integral part of the Catholic faith. It is healthy to get away from everyday life, rest, and renew your faith regularly. For several years, the men of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s have attended the April retreat, and the ladies have attended the February retreat at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston.
What is a retreat?
Retreat is a gift to yourself — a way to step aside from everyday concerns to relax and care for your soul. We provide time for rest, reflection, prayer, and discussion. Your retreat can be as structured or as unstructured as you like. You can catch up on some rest, reconnect with a friend, get a massage, stroll the labyrinth, spend time in meditation, or be inspired by a dynamic speaker. Most weekend retreats begin Friday evening with dinner at 6:00 pm and end on Sunday afternoon after Mass.
What do you do on retreat?
Retreats at Holy Name are comprised of conferences, prayer services, and free time. While the schedule is open for everyone, all the programming is voluntary. We encourage you to attend the activities that interest you and plan your time accordingly.
What is the theme of a retreat?
The retreat team at Holy Name develops a new theme each summer to be presented throughout the retreat season (September-June). In addition, various workshops are offered each weekend to support the retreat theme. The 2013-2014 Retreat Theme is “How Big Is Your God?”
When does a retreat take place?
Retreatants begin arriving after 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. A buffet dinner is available from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the dining room. The retreat officially begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night and concludes on Sunday around noon.
Who goes on retreat?
Tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life consider Holy Name their spiritual home. Some are searching for God. Others are simply trying to find a greater sense of peace in their lives. Some come from traditionally religious backgrounds. Others consider themselves ‘spiritual but not religious’. You don’t have to have a strong religious background to feel at home at Holy Name. What you do need is a thirst for a more peaceful life lived with compassion and love.
Why make a retreat?
Our lives are so full of responsibilities, worries, and noise that we often ignore the call of our inner lives. Our concerns with families, jobs, health, finance, and personal relationships may override our commitment to spiritual growth– even when we need it most. A retreat helps us regain balance and develop the necessary spiritual tools to access the presence of God in the midst of daily life.
Can I have my own room?
Unless you request a roommate, a private room will be assigned to you. Our accommodations are simple and impeccably clean. Evident in our bedrooms and throughout the retreat center is the deep care that our dedicated housekeeping staff invests to help our guests feel at home and at peace.
Is Holy Name accessible for people who use wheelchairs?
Yes, Holy Name is a fully accessible facility. Our staff enjoys providing assistance to anyone with special needs.
What should I bring on retreat?
The dress at Holy Name is comfortable and casual. You should bring any toiletries that you may need. We will supply all the bed linens and towels for the weekend. During the winter, it may be helpful for you to bring warm clothing if you wish to enjoy our labyrinth and gardens.
Is car-pooling available?
Yes. If you need a ride, just contact your Retreat Coordinator.
Is financial assistance available for the cost of the retreat?
Yes, scholarships are available; simply indicate your interest when you register for the retreat.
When should I register?
The February and April retreats fill up rather quickly; you should register online or by mail no later than two months before the retreat date. Just pay the deposit, which is refundable if you need to cancel the registration.
To register, click here: passionist.org/holyname/weekendretreats
For information about retreats, contact: Fred Seale 936-582-7095 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Torres (281-788-7145, email@example.com) for the Women’s Retreat