Greetings from Saint Vincent!

A retreat can be a catalyst for spiritual renewal and for concentrating on God’s purpose for our earthly existence. The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey have tended to the spiritual needs of Christian men and women for over one hundred fifty years and have been involved in retreat ministry since 1913.

Four Archabbey retreats may be offered on campus in 2022.  However, due to sometimes fast-changing circumstances with the pandemic; as well as requirements of a major construction project that is currently underway on campus, the retreats may not be offered.  Please refer back to this website for updates. At this time no dates are provided due to the uncertainty.

Saint Vincent Archabbey was founded in 1846 by Boniface Wimmer of Germany and is the first Benedictine monastery in North America. The monks of the abbey serve as retreat masters, spiritual directors, confessors, the program director, and retreat program assistants. 

We hope that in 2022 you will be healthy and safe.

Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., Retreat Director

Saint Vincent Retreat Program
Saint Vincent Archabbey
300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650
724.805.2139


2022 Retreats

Four Archabbey retreats are being offered on campus in 2022.

Please note: with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination is recommended, but not required. Social distancing will be maintained. Masking is optional.

Retreatmasters for the year will be Father Basil Burns, O.S.B., Father Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., and Father Alfred Patterson, O.S.B.

Father Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B.

Retreat Master:

Father Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., earned degrees from Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary and Drexel University. Ordained to the priesthood in 2015, he has assisted with hospital ministry and also assists various parishes on weekend mission.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION: JUNE 4, 2022 (BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY)
OBSCULTA—LISTEN

Retreat Description:

We are ever challenged to be attentive to the voice of God in our lives, our families, our communities, our Church, and the world. As we continue to face the difficulties in these areas, I would like to lead you through the course of this day in learning and practicing the art of obsculta, which means listen. As I develop the conferences for this day I will be listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, trusting that He will provide me with what you need as we discern the present moment and how God is speaking to us. Please join me and the Benedictine community for a day of attending to the still, small whisper of our loving God calling to us.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Open now!

Time: All day Saturday.

Fee: $55 per person. 

Check-In: 8:30 a.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items.

Father Basil Burns, O.S.B.

Retreat Master:

Father Basil Burns, O.S.B., transferred to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2019 from Saint Benedict Abbey, Louisiana. He has been a priest since 2001. Most of his ministry has been in leading retreats and in teaching. He has served at a parish in New Orleans for three years and spent four years in the Canadian missions teaching and forming communities of faith.

WEEKEND RETREAT: JULY 15-17, 2022 (BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY)

GUARDIANS AT THE DOORS: DISCERNING HIDDEN BLOCKS TO THE INTERIOR LIFE
Retreat Description:

In the Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter VII we read “Thus therefore must one beware of evil desires, because death is stationed outside the entrance of delight. So Scripture gives command saying, ‘Go not after thy fleshly desires.’” Our soul is a temple with many doors, and we must be aware of which doors to open and which ones to close. This retreat is designed to help you discern what is blocking you from entering more deeply into the interior of your heart where God dwells in peace.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Now open. Visit this link to register.

Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m.

Fee: $190 per person. 

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

Father Alfred Patterson, O.S.B.

Retreat Master:

Father Alfred Patterson, O.S.B., served in the United States Air Force prior to entering the monastery. After obtaining degrees from Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary, he has served at Benedictine Priory and Military School in Savannah, at a number of different parishes, and is presently chaplain at Latrobe Excela Health.

WEEKEND RETREAT: JULY 22-24, 2022 (MEN’S RETREAT)
SAINTS ALIVE!

Retreat Description:

The “Saints Alive!” retreat explores American born saints, their biographies, words, and lives lived in faith in Jesus Christ. Saints Kateri Tekakwitha and Mother Marianne Cope, plus uncanonized mentionables such as Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton will be some of those in focus. A goal is to see how these lives can help us ordinary Christians grow in ways to love God, neighbors, and ourselves … all through those who followed the salvific life of Jesus Christ!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Now open. Visit this link to register.

Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m.

Fee: $190 per person. 

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

 

Father Basil Burns, O.S.B.

Retreat Master:

Father Basil Burns, O.S.B., transferred to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2019 from Saint Benedict Abbey, Louisiana. He has been a priest since 2001. Most of his ministry has been in leading retreats and in teaching. He has served at a parish in New Orleans for three years and spent four years in the Canadian missions teaching and forming communities of faith.

WEEKEND RETREAT: JULY 29-31, 2022 (SILENT RETREAT)
FILLING UP WHAT IS LACKING IN THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST (COL. 1:24)

Retreat Description:

In multiple places in Holy Scripture we are told that we must suffer with Christ, bear one another’s burdens, and carry our cross. Moreover, the primary message of the revelation of Our Lady of Fatima, and of Lourdes, was one of reparation and penance for the sins of the world. These are difficult messages! This retreat is designed to help the spiritual pilgrim wrestle with the hard question of suffering with Christ, and even doing so joyfully.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Now open. To register visit this link.

Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m.

Fee: $190 per person. 

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserv

Virtual Retreats

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with the regular retreat program cancelled, Saint Vincent Archabbey offered two virtual retreats, The Parables of Jesus and The Biblical Theology of King David, which are still available via our Vimeo® channel. See below for descriptions and links.

Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B.
Retreat Master:

Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., has been a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey for 30 years. He is associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College.

Available Now!

THE PARABLES OF JESUS
Retreat Description:

We are all familiar with Jesus’ parables—or we think we are.  But understanding His parables in the context of his time reveals hidden meanings and deeper, more challenging implications.  During this retreat we will carefully read, examine, and pray through several of Jesus’ parables, and see how understanding many of the details adds to the messages they convey.

 

Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B.
Retreat Master:

Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., is a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey and professor of Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary, where he serves as rector.

Available Now!

THE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF KING DAVID
Retreat Description:

David is one of the most colorful and fascinating figures in the Bible.  Whether we look to him as embodying triumph or tragedy, or both, King David was a man of such importance that Christ himself was likened to him. This retreat will take up themes of David’s selection by God as King of Israel, his struggles with Goliath figures—both literal and figurative—during his reign, his sins and repentance, and finally his pre-figuring of Jesus Christ, the “Son of David.”

If you are struggling with God’s call, with a Goliath figure in your own life, or with the roller coaster of sin, alienation, and forgiveness, this retreat may bring you new insights into an intensely holy—and utterly human—forerunner of the Lord.

Registration

Due to sometimes fast-changing circumstances with the pandemic; as well as requirements of a major construction project that is currently underway on campus, the 2022 retreats may not be offered; thus, registration is not available at this time. Our virtual retreats can be conducted at any time at your convenience. In addition to the retreat conferences, participants can pray online with the Benedictine community in pre-recorded sessions or morning, midday and evening prayer. Our in-person retreats begin on Friday evening. Dinner is at 5:35 p.m., followed by Mass and/or a conference. On each full day of the retreat, Mass is celebrated in the morning and three conferences are held. Retreatants may participate in the Divine Office with the monastic community. The sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered. The celebration of Mass on Sunday, followed by the final conference and lunch, concludes the retreat. To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are either air-conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

Calendar

Four Archabbey retreats may be offered on campus in 2022. However, due to sometimes fast-changing circumstances with the pandemic; as well as requirements of a major construction project that is currently underway on campus, the retreats may not be offered. Please refer back to this website for updates. At this time no dates are provided due to the uncertainty.

Directions

From Ebensburg, Johnstown, State College and points east: Take Route 22 west to the Route 217 exit at Blairsville, Indiana County. Follow Route 217 south for 13 miles to its terminus at Route 30 in Derry Township. Turn right on Route 30 west for approximately four miles through approximately five traffic lights to Saint Vincent Drive. Turn right on Saint Vincent Drive. Bear right at the intersection with Brouwers Drive and go 1/2 mile to the campus entrance. Turn left and stop at the Entrance Booth for parking information and further direction.

From St. Marys, Punxsutawney, DuBois, and points northeast: Take Route 119 south to Blairsville, Indiana County. Exit onto Route 22 west and follow for approximately two miles until the exit for Route 217. Follow Route 217 south for 13 miles to its terminus at Route 30 in Derry Township. Turn right on Route 30 west for approximately four miles through approximately five traffic lights to Saint Vincent Drive. Turn right on Saint Vincent Drive. Bear right at the intersection with Brouwers Drive and go 1/2 mile to the campus entrance. Turn left and stop at the Entrance Booth for parking information and further direction.

From Pittsburgh, Ohio and points west: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76 east, to exit 67 (old exit 7) Irwin/North Huntingdon, bear right at the exit ramp and take U.S. Route 30 East 15 miles. At the stop light at Saint Vincent Drive, turn left onto Fraser Purchase Road (unmarked), go 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus. Stop at the Entrance Booth for parking information and further direction.

From Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New Jersey and points east: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76 West, to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal, take Pennsylvania Route 711 North to junction with U.S. Route 30 in Ligonier, take Route 30 West 10.4 miles to the stop light at Saint Vincent Drive, turn right onto Fraser Purchase Road (unmarked), go 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus. Stop at the Entrance Booth for parking information and further direction.

From Erie, Buffalo and points north: Take Interstate 79 south to its junction with I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at gate 28 (old gate 3) Cranberry/Perry Highway. Take I-76 east to exit 67 (old exit 7) Irwin/North Huntingdon, bear right at the exit ramp and take U.S. Route 30 East 15 miles. At the stop light at Saint Vincent Drive, turn left onto Fraser Purchase Road (unmarked), go 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus. Stop at the entrance Booth for parking information and further direction.

From Baltimore, Washington and points south: Take Interstate 70 west to its junction with I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at gate 161 (old gate 12) Breezewood, proceed on I-76 west to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal, take Pennsylvania Route 711 North to its junction with U.S. Route 30 in Ligonier, take Route 30 West 10.4 miles to the stop light at Saint Vincent Drive, turn right onto Fraser Purchase Road (unmarked), go 1/2 mile and turn left onto campus. Stop at the Entrance Booth for parking information and further direction.

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