Calendar of Retreats

We are happy to announce that the renovation and expansion of the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center is now complete! In addition to renovating the original building, a new wing offers a parking-level lobby and meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and dining room, and new retreat rooms for overnight guests.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Abbey church will be open for private prayer only during the day and the Guesthouse and Retreat Center is only open for registered guests. Please click here for updates.

Private Retreat Times

Listed below are dates currently available for a self-guided retreat. The guesthouse may be available at other times if space allows. Please check with the guesthouse office for availability and cost as space can fill quickly during the year, and reservations are required. Email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025 for more information and to confirm availability. A non-refundable room deposit and your contact information is needed to complete the reservation.

Please be ready to indicate if you would like to book a private retreat for:

  • single occupancy with 3 meals
  • double occupancy with 3 meals
  • single occupancy lodging only
  • double occupancy lodging only

2020 – 2021 Abbey Sponsored Retreats

The guesthouse is open with limited occupancy and in accord with the guidelines of Oregon State and local health authorities for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025 for further information.

Mary, Mother of Sorrows: Standing at the Foot of the Cross with Mary
August 10-13, 2020

Mary, Mother of Sorrows:
Standing at the Foot of the Cross
with Mary

With Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.

Reflections on Sacred Scripture and Marian teachings.

Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B., is director of spiritual ministries at Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

Cost: $310 single occupancy

MONDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg Conference)
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:25 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
9:15- 10 am Conference (Engelberg Conference)
10:30 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Conference
Personal time for prayer, lectio, spiritual readings and/or spiritual direction
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8 pm Family Rosary in the Adoration chapel (optional)
THURSDAY
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
After Mass room checkout (Luggage can be left outside of Engelberg room or in your car)
10 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch (end of silence and end of retreat

Ignatian Silent Retreat
August 16-20, 2020

Ignatian Silent Retreat

With Bill Zuelke, MDiv, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

A guided Ignatian silent retreat with daily conferences and one-on-one spiritual direction. There will be opportunities to join the Benedictine monks for the Divine Office and Liturgy.

Bill Zuelke is a Spiritual Director, life coach, and an associate staff member of Soul Formation. He provides spiritual direction, adult education, retreats, workshops, supervision, and consultations for churches, social agencies, and individuals through his private practice.

Bill has a degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University (1976) an M.Div. from Boston College (1981) and an M.S. in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Baltimore (1985). He was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for 20 years and an ordained Catholic priest. He is trained in Jesuit spirituality and discernment of spirits and has been providing individual spiritual direction, private and group retreats, and assistance with personal and corporate discernment for over 35 years. He has been involved in Higher Education as campus minister, counselor, student services director and Dean for 40 years. He has been involved in training people in the art of spiritual direction, and has worked with faculties at Mt. Angel Abbey, Western Evangelical Seminary, George Fox University, and training programs run by Namaste’, Franciscan Spirituality Center, and Soul Formation.
Bill has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a trained supervisor, and a certified Life Coach, and presently maintains a private practice doing primarily personal spiritual direction, private retreat direction, and supervision for spiritual directors.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

Cost: $585, single occupancy only

Sunday
2-5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg conference room)
8:00 pm Compline (Abbey church)
Monday—Wednesday
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:25 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
Breakfast (Immediately following Lauds)
7:55 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
Conference (Engelberg Conference)
Personal time for counseling, prayer, lectio, spiritual readings…
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
Conference
Personal time for counseling, prayer, lectio, spiritual readings
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
Thursday
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:25 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
Breakfast (immediately following Lauds)
8 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
Room checkout (Luggage can be left outside of Engelberg conference room or in your car)
Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm End of Retreat

Marian Retreat: Adoration of the Eucharist and Devotion to Our Lady
October 23-25, 2020

Marian Retreat: Adoration of the Eucharist
and Devotion to Our Lady

Adoration of the Holy Eucharist
in the writings of St. Katharine Drexel
&
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
in the writings of St. Louis de Montfort

A retreat with Elizabeth Farley, S.T.D., and Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.

Dr. Elizabeth Farley, Ph.D., is a Benedictine Oblate and an alumnus of Mount Angel Seminary theology program. She received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Marianum in Rome. In addition to teaching at Mount Angel Seminary, Dr. Farley leads a Marian study group in the Abbey guesthouse. Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk of Mount Angel Abbey, an adjunct professor at the Seminary, and the Director of Spiritual Ministries for the guesthouse.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

Cost: $247 single / $405 couple

(early registration available for Oct. 22 or 23)

FRIDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Eucharistic Adoration followed by Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation- Silence begins (Engelberg Conference Room)
Scriptural Rosary
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:25 am Lauds (morning prayer in Abbey church, optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass in Abbey church
9:30 am Conference (Engelberg Conference Room)
11:55 am Noon Prayer in Abbey church
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference
4:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
5:15 pm Vespers (evening prayers in Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner, Q&A with discussion
7:25 pm Vigils of Sunday (Abbey church)
8:35 pm Conference
Scriptural Rosary
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds (morning prayer in Abbey church)
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
10:30 am Conference
11:30 am Silence ends, Q&A with discussion
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat

Preparing for Christ’s Second Coming and His Coming at Christmas
December 4-6, 2020

Preparing for Christ’s Second Coming
and His Coming at Christmas

An Advent retreat with Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB

FRIDAY
3:00 – 5 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation/Conference#1
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds – Morning Prayer (optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass
9:15 – 10:15 am Conference #2
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading
11:55 am Noon Prayer
1:15 – 2:15 pm Conference #3
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading or spiritual direction
4 pm Confession (optional)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:45 pm Vigils
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Bells for Mass
10:45 – 11:45 am Conference #4
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch (End of silence)

Hamlet: Acting 'Nobler'
February 26-28, 2021

Hamlet: Acting ‘Nobler’

A Shakespeare’s play retreat with Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.

Description: Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (performed c.1600) is a window into the England of Elizabeth I and a mirror of our own times. The Prince of Denmark, “the observed of all observers,” is under surveillance and closely watched. As a well-educated Renaissance Prince, Hamlet sees more than others into the rotten state of Denmark, but he does not know how to set it right. How can he achieve justice against the king, his uncle, without endangering himself, hurting his mother (the king’s wife), and throwing the state into confusion?  In this retreat, pondering the tragedy of Hamlet, we will ask, how can a “cognitive minority” – a Christian in the modern world, for example – act morally, authentically, and effectively? How can we act “nobler” when righting wrongs?

Retreat Master: Father Stephen Rowan, S.T.B. and Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle (incardinated in 1981) has served since 1970 as a teacher of English and a college administrator: Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University (1994-1998) and the University of Portland (2007-2012); interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Martin’s University in Lacey (2015-2016); and Interim President of Carroll College in Helena, Montana (2000-01 and 2017-18). Fr. Rowan has served the Archdiocese of Seattle as Vicar for Education and Superintendent for Catholic Schools (2001-04 and 2012-14); as Director of Deacon Formation and Continuing Formation of Clergy; and as Vicar General (2004-2006). In 2002, he assisted Archbishop Brunett in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation (2001-2008) for Catholic Schools. Fr. Rowan received his doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia and an honorary doctorate from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, has authored several books and articles, and has presented at conferences, retreats, and convocations. He is presently living in Silverton, Oregon and teaching at Mount Angel Seminary.

FRIDAY
3:00 – 5 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation/Conference #1 (silence begins)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds – Morning Prayer (optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass
9:15 – 10:15 am Conference #2
10:45 – 11:45 am Conference #3
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading
11:55 am Noon Prayer
1:15 – 2:15 pm Conference #4
2:45 – 3:45 pm Conference #5
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading or spiritual direction
4 pm Confession (optional)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 – 8:15 pm Film: “Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet”
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Bells for Mass
10:45 – 11:45 am Conference #6
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch (End of silence)

 2020 Oblate Retreats

(You must be an oblate to attend these retreats.)

Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christians who have experienced in some way a call to embrace Benedictine spirituality. After a time of prayer and discernment they have desired a more formal, permanent commitment to a monastic community. By making this formal self-giving to Christ in communion with a monastic community, the oblate embraces the time-tested traditions and values of the Benedictine way. Oblates are united to the prayer and good works of the monastery to which they are associated while they continue to live out their Christian vocation in the world.

For more information on becoming on oblate, please contact LaVern Hayworth, Associate Director of Oblates, at 541.567.9708.


September 25-27, 2020: Fr Timothy Kalange, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

September 28-30, 2020: Fr Ralph Recker, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

November 6-8, 2020: Fr Pius X Harding, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

February 5-7, 2021: Fr Jacob Stronach, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)