Retreats & Programs

The Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center offers quality programs at affordable prices. The staff provides an atmosphere of hospitality while meeting the needs of the individual and group.

Twilight Retreat, May 8 Relax after your day at work and join us for “Exploring the Psalms: An Introduction to the Psalms as the Bread and Butter of Christian Prayer and Liturgy of the Hours” given by Father Ray Clark and Deacon Ken Bennett. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Focus on Faith, May 9 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Contemplative Photography, May 11 This retreat offers participants the opportunity to see with the eye of the heart. It is through this mindful practice, utilizing the camera to engage the eye, mind and heart in the present moment, that we are able to connect with the infinite beauty and wisdom that exists all around us…God’s Grace. This is a wonderful way to connect with other photography and nature enthusiasts, to learn about the benefits of contemplative photography as a mindful practice in your own life as well as relax and explore, through the eye of the camera, the beautiful landscapes of Mount Saint Joseph. Join Michele Gates as she shares some of her story and guides us on a contemplative photography journey to open the eye of the heart. This retreat is open to all levels of photo enthusiasts and requires no prior experience just a digital camera (or smartphone) and the willingness to be fully present. The retreat is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register for Contemplative Photography

Gennesaret Retreat Weekend, May 24-26 Those who have a chronic or serious health issue could be a candidate for the Gennesaret retreat, designed for persons whose medical conditions would otherwise hinder them from attending a weekend overnight retreat. To find out more, contact Tom or Amy Payne of Owensboro at (270)686-7739.

Yarn Spinning Weekend, May 31-June 2 Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center continues to sponsor a group of individuals who enjoy yarn spinning, crocheting, knitting, weaving and rug hooking. All skill levels are welcome. You will enjoy the food and fellowship as you gather with others to work on your own projects. Mount Saint Joseph offers private rooms,
home-cooked meals and a peaceful setting. For costs, it is $164 for two nights, $82 for one night and $25 for commuters. Meals are included during your stay. Register for Yarn Spinning

Quiet Time with God and Self, June 2-8 What inspires you? What kind of seeds are you planting in your garden of life? Will they grow or die from neglect? Does your body and soul need nourishment? Let the surroundings of Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center’s feed your faith through prayer, reflection and quiet time. Treat yourself to a week of personal time. Preregistration is required. The cost is $275 which includes room and all meals. Register for Quiet Time

Twilight Retreat, June 12 Relax after your day at work and join us for a presentation given by Father Richard Powers. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Focus on Faith, June 13 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Awakening the Soul with Creative Arts, June 14-16 Do you long to experience God more fully in the daily moments of life? Does your prayer life feel stuck in old patterns? Would you like to break open new ways of prayer and experience God’s creative presence in your life? Come join us as we discover God’s presence through creative awareness of the divine in our hearts, minds, bodies and the beauty of creation.

Major movements of the retreat will include:

~ EMBODIMENT ~ Our bodies are sacred vessels filled with God’s presence, but often we don’t know how to slow down and listen to the wisdom and Presence in the body.
~ SOUL COLLAGE ~ Heather is a certified soul collage facilitator.
SoulCollage® is a process for accessing the deep wisdom of your subconscious by harnessing the powers of intuition, image and imagination. Using the simple tools of images, scissors and glue, you will “listen to the symbols of your soul” by making and interacting with a sacred collage.
~ CREATIVE PLAY with “Praying In Color” ~ Discover how the art of contemplative doodling can draw you deeper into prayer.
~ QUIET REFLECTION and JOURNALING ~
~ CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER with NATURE ~

Presented by Maryann Joyce and Heather Berndt.

Cost for Resident is $195 which includes retreat, materials, meals, snacks and overnight accommodations. The cost for Commuter is $100 which includes retreat, materials, meals and snacks. Register for Awakening the Soul with Creative Arts

Conference Retreat for Sisters, July 14-19 This is a week-long retreat for women religious presented by Sister Lynn Jarrell, OSUL. There will be daily Mass and two conferences each day. The cost for Residents is $450 and for Commuters it is $275. Register for Conference Retreat for Sisters

Focus on Faith, August 8 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Associate Retreat, August 10 Discover in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount how being “salt” and “light” and “fully alive” can change the world around us and make us truly Christian. The retreat takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It will be led by Sister Karen Joseph, OSB, a Sister of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Ind., who has given retreats and workshops in Benedictine spirituality throughout North America. The $40 fee includes lunch. This retreat day is ideal for Ursuline Associates or for anyone who wishes to grow in the grace of God and the spirit of Saint Angela Merici. Register for Associate Retreat

Twilight Retreat, August 14 Relax after your day at work and join us for a presentation given by a priest or deacon. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Yarn Spinning Weekend, August 30-September 1 Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center continues to sponsor a group of individuals who enjoy yarn spinning, crocheting, knitting, weaving and rug hooking. All skill levels are welcome. You will enjoy the food and fellowship as you gather with others to work on your own projects. Mount Saint Joseph offers private rooms, home-cooked meals and a peaceful setting. For costs, it is $164 for two nights, $82 for one night and $25 for commuters. Meals are included during your stay. Register for Yarn Spinning

Twilight Retreat, September 11 Relax after your day at work and join us for a presentation given by a priest or deacon. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Focus on Faith, September 12 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Engaged Leadership:Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy, September 13-14 Led by Diane Millis, PhD., this retreat will be held on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to Saturday at 4 p.m. Regardless of who we are or what we do for a living, each of us has opportunities to listen, to care and to lead. Our capacity to lead does not depend on whether or not we occupy a formal position of leadership. Leading a deeply engaged life stems from the qualities—that is, the habits, dispositions, attitudes, and skills we bring to our everyday relationships and responsibilities. During our time together, we will explore the foundational qualities found among engaged leaders, those who:
*engage the deepest part their being—their inner compass, core, or true self
*engage others through their curiosity, concern, and generous presence 
*build communities of deep engagement that cultivate, support, and encourage the practice of love, care, and compassion.
The cost for the retreat is $130 for Residents which includes lodging, meals and program. For Commuters, the cost is $70 which includes lunch.  Register for Engaged Leadership

Gennesaret Retreat Weekend, September 27-29 Those who have a chronic or serious health issue could be a candidate for the Gennesaret retreat, designed for persons whose medical conditions would otherwise hinder them from attending a weekend overnight retreat. To find out more, contact Tom or Amy Payne of Owensboro at (270) 686-7739.

Twilight Retreat, October 9 Relax after your day at work and join us for a presentation given by a priest or deacon. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Focus on Faith, October 10 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Spiritual Direction Reunion:Living a life of Joy in an Uncertain World, October 11-13 We live lives of instant communication and Fast track activity. A big part of what we see, hear and do can be stressful. This weekend we will look at our personal story in light of living “A Life of Joy.” During the weekend we will look at ways that can guide us along life’s journey in a more joyful and healthy way. We will explore both the barriers and pillars of Joy and experience the richness we all share that often seems so far away. The program will include presentations, times for personal reflection, sharing and celebrating our lives of JOY! This reunion will be led by Sister Barbara Schmitz. The cost for a Resident is $190 which includes retreat, materials, meals, snacks and overnight accommodations. For a Commuter the cost is $90 which includes retreat, materials, meals and snacks.  (Get a 10% discount if paid in full by September 11) Register for Spiritual Direction Reunion 

Co-ed Retreat—Following Jesus: God loves Us In Spite Of…, October 18-20 The stories of these Gospel men and women offer a promise: just as the weaknesses, failures, illnesses, and faults of his first disciples did not block his love, so today Jesus continues to call and love imperfect people. Just as he entrusted his church to these flawed but graced human beings in the first century, so today he entrusts his church to us as flawed but graced Christians in the 21st century. This retreat will be led by Sister Cheryl Clemons. The cost for a Resident is $180 which includes retreat, meals and lodging. The cost for a Commuter is $130 which includes retreat and meals.  (Get a 10% discount if paid by September 12) Register for Co-ed Retreat

Twilight Retreat, November 13 Relax after your day at work and join us for a presentation given by a priest or deacon. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Focus on Faith, November 14 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Yarn Spinning Weekend, November 15-17 Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center continues to sponsor a group of individuals who enjoy yarn spinning, crocheting, knitting, weaving and rug hooking. All skill levels are welcome. You will enjoy the food and fellowship as you gather with others to work on your own projects. Mount Saint Joseph offers private rooms, home-cooked meals and a peaceful setting. For costs, it is $164 for two nights, $82 for one night and $25 for commuters. Meals are included during your stay. Register for Yarn Spinning

Twilight Retreat, December 11 Relax after your day at work and join us for a presentation given by a priest or deacon. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the presentation to follow, which will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It’s a time to learn; time to pray, and time to be alone with God! The cost is $20 per session which includes dinner. Register for Twilight Retreat

Focus on Faith, December 12 This group gathers to study the book, “Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” by Scott Hahn. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch. Cost is $25. Register for Focus on Faith

Advent Day of Prayer, December 14 The season of Advent is more than trimming a tree and buying presents. The true nature of Christmas calls us to prayer and celebration at the Lord’s coming and our own salvation. This will be a day to reflect on the meanings of Advent. Join the Ursuline Sisters at Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center in celebrating God’s wonderful love for us all in the best gift of all—GOD’S SON. This day of prayer is led by Monsignor Bernard Powers. It will be held from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. The cost is $25 which includes meal and program. Register for Advent Day of Prayer

Advent with Bishop Medley, December 19 Come and join us in prayer for the holy season of waiting, Advent. It will be held from 6 p.m.—7:30 p.m. and the cost is $20 which includes meal and program.  Register for Advent with Bishop Medley

For additional program descriptions, pricing information, registration, or scheduling of facilities, please call (270) 229-0206, by fax: 270-229-0279, or by email at retreatcenter@maplemount.org.