RETREATS

Directed Retreats - 2024

Directed retreats allow us to deepen our relationship with God. They offer an experience grounded in solitude, silence and prayer, including daily meetings with a trained spiritual director. This time invites one to listen deeply to the movements of the Spirit.

Ways to Register (New)

*Before registering, please check the website for retreat availability.

If a retreat/program is full and you wish a place on the wait list, please contact Joannie Cassidy at 732 868-9981 or sjlc.cassidy@gmail.com.

A. Online Registration with Online Payment – CLICK HERE

B. Online Registration with mail in Payment – CLICK HERE and mail your donations to

Sisters of Saint Joseph Center for Spirituality
     Attention:
     S. Joannie Cassidy SSJ
     21 Main Ave.
     Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

C . If unable to register online, please contact Joannie Cassidy at  732-898-9981 or jlc.cassidy@gmail.com

Private Retreat May 13-18

Private Retreat
Retreatants are invited to embrace the silence and solitude of the Center as well as the beauty of the ocean as they deepen their experience of God. May 13-18 is a scheduled week for those seeking a private retreat.
For the convenience of retreatants, the kitchenette on each floor is available for meal preparation and is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, tea pot and coffeemaker.

Donation: $425.00

June 3-10

Directed Retreat Week
Karen Doyle SSJ
Anne McCoy SSJ
Pat Mensing SSJ
Trudy Ahern SSJ
Peg Conboy SSJ

Donation: $750.00 (SSJ Phila: $700.00)

June 12-19

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Directed Retreat Week
Mary Pollini
Mary Ellen Higgins IHM
Maureen Christensen RSM
Carol Beevers SSJ

Donation: $750.00 (SSJ Phila: $700.00)

July 8-15

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Directed Retreat Week
Gail DeMaria CSJP
Dottie Apprich SSJ
Julie Fertsch SSJ
Joannie Cassidy SSJ
Mary Kay Flannery SSJ
Vinny Fortunato OFM

Donation: $750.00 (SSJ Phila: $700.00)

July 17-20

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Directed Retreat
Chris Koellhoffer IHM
Mary Kay Flannery SSJ
Gail DeMaria CSJP
Jeanette Weychert SSJ

Donation: $350.00 (SSJ Phila: $275.00)

August 14-18

Directed Retreat
Sally Russell SSJ
Mary Kay Flannery SSJ
Dolores Clerico SSJ
Linda Robinson

Donation: $425.00 (SSJ Phila: $350.00)

September 9-16

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Directed Retreat Week
Trudy Ahern SSJ
Claire McNichol SSJ
Joe Constantino SJ
Joannie Cassidy SSJ
Laura Arvin OP

Donation: $750.00 (SSJ Phila: $700.00)

September 23-29

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Directed Retreat Week
Mary Elizabeth Looby GNSH
Chris Derby SJ
Mary Carboy SSJ
Liz Sweeney SSJ
Carol Beevers SSJ

Donation: $650.00 (SSJ Phila: $600.00)

October 15-22

Directed Retreat Week
Maureen Conroy RSM
Dolores Clerico SSJ
Eileen McGovern SSJ
Barbara Springer SSJ
Catherine Higgins CSJ

Donation: $750.00 (SSJ Phila: $700.00)

Guided Retreats - 2024

A Guided Retreat is based on a theme and is usually led by one director who provides daily input for the group. The director will engage the group and offer materials related to the theme for the day’s reflection. Considerable time for personal prayer is included and silence during meals in observed. Guided retreats include daily Eucharistic Liturgy. There may also be a brief time to meet privately with the facilitator/director.

August 5-12

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Guided Retreat
Cosmos, Christ and Commitment; Seeking God Anew
Facilitator: Mary Rowell CSJ

“In our seeking we find God at the heart of the Universe seeking us.” This retreat draws us ever deeper into an experience of this great mystery. In turn, the mystery invites us to encounter Christ anew in the Cosmos, in the context of the Gospels and in our personal lives. Through daily experiences of silence, personal and communal prayer, presentations, and sharing we will encounter Divine Mystery in the World and in our hearts.

Donation: $750.00 (SSJ Phila: $700.00)

August 20-26

Retreat is full. Call or email for wait list.

Guided Retreat
Finding God in Ordinary Days
Facilitator: Christine Eberle

A summer retreat in a beautiful setting holds the promise of a profound encounter with God—but what about the other fifty-one weeks? Literally, most of our days are spent in ordinary time. Once we are back in the routine of regular life, how do we hold on to that connection and continue to notice and savor God’s presence?

Amid our many concerns, there is one urgent but often unasked question. Where is God in all this? On this retreat, we will pray with the wonders of the created world, surprising encounters with strangers, challenging and awe-inspiring experiences, poignant moments of life transition, and heartbreaking goodbyes. Discovering the sacred in the commonplace, we will return to our ordinary days with a renewed vision of how God may indeed be found in all things.

Donation: $650.00 (SSJ Phila: $600.00)

September 2024 - May 2025

19th Annotation Retreat
A Virtual Offering

You may have heard of the19th Annotation in regard to retreats or the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Simply put, the 19th Annotation—sometimes called an Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life—is a version of the Spiritual Exercises designed for people who cannot be away for 30 days to do the Exercises as they were practiced originally. The 19th Annotation invites the retreatant to pray the Exercises over several months, meeting with a spiritual director regularly. Retreatants engage in weekly prayer practices, readings and meditations. These annotation retreat experiences promise to be life-changing in countless ways as retreatants find God and God’s love in all things.

Donation: $900

Contemplative Time Away

The Center welcomes individuals seeking some days of quiet, solitude and prayer. Time is offered when the Center is not offering a retreat or it is not being used by a group. For the convenience of retreatants, the kitchenette on each floor is available for meal preparation and is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, tea pot and coffeemaker. Please call the office via phone at 732-898-9981 or via email jcassidy@ssjphila.org to check availability and pricing.