Our July directed retreat consists of five whole days (6-night stay) of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response to God. You will have this week of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Mass will also be offered a few times throughout your stay.
This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence will begin at that time.
Fr. Phillip Cover is an experienced retreat leader, spiritual director, pilgrimage leader and author. He previously served as the Assistant Executive Director in the Department of Religious Education for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Washington, DC. He also served as an adjunct staff member for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of Journey with Purpose, Through Exile into the Heart of God and The Inner Work of Lent.
Sr. Jean Marie Holup is a Sister of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and previously ministered as the Director of St. Cyril Spiritual Center in Danville, PA , for the past 20 years. Before that time Jean was on staff at our Center from 1996 -1999. She is the proud recipient of a master’s in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and did her practicum at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA. Sr. Jean has the privilege of being a spiritual director involved in retreat work on the East Coast, in several Mid-Western States, and in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has given retreats at Mercy Center in CT, and Gonzaga Eastern Point Jesuit retreat house in Gloucester, MA. An experienced spiritual director, she has witnessed the profound insights discovered through the working of the Holy Spirit during each person’s spiritual journey. Sr. Jean is currently the Director of Formation for her Congregation. She enjoys singing, dream work, creating sacred life patterns with collage, and taking walks in nature.
Ginny Novak is an experienced spiritual director/prayer companion and has served as an adjunct retreat director at Loyola House Retreat Center in Guelph, Ontario, and also for many years at Loyola Retreat Center in Faulkner, Maryland. Ginny is a wife, mother and grandmother. Her ministry often includes music and song prayer.
Father Michael Schleupner was ordained in 1972 and has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 46 years. Most recently, he served as the pastor of Saint Margaret Parish in Bel Air, Maryland for 10 years. Father retired from that pastorate and from full-time ministry in 2016. Since then, he is ministering in various ways, including: assisting at parishes on weekends, offering spiritual direction in a parish setting and at the Caritas Counseling Center in Towson, directing retreats, and composing a weekly electronic spiritual message called Inbox Inspirations (firstname.lastname@example.org). Father Schleupner’s Sunday homilies are also available (www.fathermikeschleupner.blogspot.com). His weekend Mass schedule is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FatherMikeSchleupner). Father has masters degrees in Theology and in Church Administration and a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law. He has also done studies in spirituality, spiritual direction, and in secularism.