Retreat Location Description
The Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is located in a bucolic suburb of West Hartford, Connecticut. The expansive forty-eight acres of mostly wooded grounds offer a refuge from the bustle to visitors as well as the people in the community. Trails meander through the forest, and visitors can appreciate thoughtful landscaping and features that include the stations of the cross, a labyrinth, and various statues of saints and Christ. One particularly striking feature on the property is a beautiful Marian Grotto located on a clearing in the forest.
The former monastery and college is still operated by the Passionists. The Passionists are an organization of Priests, Brothers, Passionist Women, and lay people that perform charitable work throughout the world. The Passionists were founded in 1720 by St. Paul of the Cross in order to teach people how to pray and are open to all who seek to deepen their relationship with God and one another. Consistent with their tradition, the retreat center is a community that values spiritual development, the holy Word, and the Sacred in our world.
Keynote Guest Speakers
We are excited to welcome Katie Taylor, a fellow active-duty military wife, Air Force veteran, MCCW member, and Catholic speaker for “To the Heights” ministry and blogger for CatholicLink.org. To find out more about Mrs. Taylor, head on over to her website for more information or check out some of her YouTube content over at Catholic Link’s YouTube channel.
We are also excited to welcome Elizabeth Tomlin, a fellow active-duty military wife, General Counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and MCCW member who has also held several MCCW-Worldwide Board positions (2012-2021). Mrs. Tomlin is a speaker and author of “Joyful Momentum” through Ave Maria Press and several other Catholic resources. To find out more about Mrs. Tomlin, visit her website for more information.
Check-In Time: 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 10:00 AM
Ticket purchase includes room and board, retreat materials, guest speakers, facility and grounds spaces, clergy and liturgical celebrations, swag bag, and Eventbrite fees.
Room and board rates vary by type and duration of stay.
4 day/3 night; meals include dinner on 27 April through breakfast on 30 April Shared Room/Shared Bath (30 available): $400
Private Room/Shared Bath (180 available): $415
Private Room/Private Bath (14 available, preference will be given to those with special needs): $455
3 day/2 night; meals include dinner on 28 April through breakfast on 30 April Shared Room/Shared Bath (30 available): $285
Private Room/Shared Bath (180 available): $300
Private Room/Private Bath (14 available, preference will be given to those with special needs): $330
Daytripper – 4 Day; meals include dinner on 27 April through breakfast on 30 April Daytripper: $340
Please review all retreat ticket options thoroughly before choosing and purchasing your ticket. Ticket purchases may be exchanged on a case-by-case basis and based on availability.
The deadline to purchase tickets is 17 April 2023. To purchase tickets after 17 April 2023, the MCCW Northeast Coordinator will need to consult the retreat center for availability.
Recommended Packing List
Layers: The April weather in Connecticut can be unpredictable. The retreat center and chapel are heated, but a stroll on the grounds, a hike on the nearby trails or for the Illuminated Rosary in the Marian Garden on Friday evening may be quite chilly.
Personal Hygiene: The retreat center has liquid soap in all guest restrooms and showers. We recommend you bring your own shampoo, conditioner, lotion, feminine products, medications, shower shoes, and a hair dryer. Towels and washcloths are provided.
Spiritual Items: Bring your bible, rosary, Mass/prayer journal, and veil if you wish. We will have some bibles and rosaries available to borrow if you happen to leave yours at home.
Forms of Payment: There will be opportunities to visit the giftshop, purchase raffle tickets for chances to win amazing trinkets, bid in the basket auction, tithe during Mass, and donate to the AMS Seminarian Fund. Forms of payment accepted are cash, debit card, check, or PayPal.
Prayer Sisters: The focus of the Prayer Sister Program is to support one another through prayer. In the past, some Prayer Sisters have brought small religious gifts or treats to share with their Prayer Sisters, however, in order to keep the focus on prayer, MCCW highly encourages the exchange of small notes of encouragement or prayer cards only. Greeting cards and decorative paper will be available at the Prayer Sister registration table.
Additional items: Please bring a reusable water bottle and a coffee or tea mug. You may want to bring a personal padded kneeler because the chapel does not have traditional kneelers.
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