2018 Silent Directed Retreat

4:00 PM Friday, Sept 14 – 1:00 PM Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Step away from your busy life and listen to God’s voice.

Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest (Mark 6:31).


2018 Silent Retreat Pricing: 

Price: $130

Program & Theme 

Enjoy a guided weekend of silence, spiritual renewal, rest, and listening to the voice of God. Our guest speaker and facilitator is Rev. Terry Cathcart, a seasoned pastor, spiritual director, and silent retreat leader. He has been involved in retreat ministry for over 40 years. He’ll be accompanied by worship leader Rob Engelhart, as well as a team of spiritual directors with whom participants may meet during the weekend.

The weekend will include a private room for each participant with plenty of space for silence and solitude. There will also be opportunities to meet with a spiritual director. With the exception of the times of worship and spiritual direction, the retreat will take place in silence. Check-in opens at 4:00 pm and the retreat begins with dinner at 6:00 pm (Central Time) Friday and concludes at 1:00pm Sunday.

The theme of the 2018 Silent Directed Retreat is Praying With Henri Nouwen.  Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest who spent his life in service as a professor, writer, and theologian.  Along with teaching at Notre Dame and the divinity schools of Yale and Harvard, Nouwen was the author of 39 books.  At various seasons of his life, he  lived with the Trappist monks in the Abbey of Genesee, the poor in Peru, and the L’Arche Community in Trosly, France.  In 1986 Nouwen moved to the Daybreak L’Arche Community near Toronto, Ontario.  He spent the last 10 years in this community of individuals  with developmental disabilities living with assistants.

The worship gatherings for the retreat will include the singing of Taize chants and talks that focus on some of Nouwen’s themes in his writings, such as silence, solitude, and prayer.  Our worship will conclude with lectio divina prayer with texts related to the theme.   

Serving on the facilitating team for this year’s retreat will be:  Erik Strom (host), Terry Cathcart (spiritual director), Rob Engelhart (worship leader), Millie Lungren (spiritual director), and Marcy Karianjahi (spiritual director).

Packing List

Packing List:

  • Bedding, towel, and toiletries
  • Clothing for all weather
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimsuit for sauna (if interested)
  • Bible, notebook and pen