Centering Prayer – Every Wednesday Evening

Jan. 09 (Thu), 2014 - Jan. 07 (Thu), 2016
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm,

Fee: No Fee

This program is offered every Wednesday evening all year long.

Come join us for an hour of silent meditation Wednesday evenings based on Abbot Thomas Keating’s Centering Prayer method which is now practiced by thousands of people worldwide. This meditation method teaches us to gently let go of our mind’s busy thoughts so as to rest in the Divine Presence, the ground of all being. If faithfully practiced, the fruits of Centering Prayer are emotional healing, profound peace, and graced relations with God, others, our true selves, and all creation. For more information, phone Kitty Parisi, 732-229-1795

Kitty Parisi, PH.D.

WATERSPIRIT: The Spirituality of Living in Harmony with Nature

Jul. 31 (Thu), 2014 - Aug. 03 (Sun), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $335, Deposit $100

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This Retreat offers you a place on the Atlantic Coast where nature can gift you with healing and strength. Through these days we will gently explore our relationship with nature and a spirituality that fosters harmony with nature.

What is your relationship with nature? Does nature have a spiritual significance for you? Has your attitude toward nature changed over the years? Is there a spiritual attitude toward nature that remains open to us when faced with the destructive natural events and immense human suffering?

Through input, reflection, sharing, and ritual we will explore answers to such questions – questions connected to the spiritual choices that will help shape our understanding of the world and of ourselves.

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Suzanne Golas, csjp
Joan Carey, ssj

Mystics, Rebels, and Prophets: Preached Retreat

Aug. 04 (Mon), 2014 - Aug. 10 (Sun), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $515, deposit $100

We’re sorry but this retreat is currently full for overnight guests.  If you would like to be put on a waiting list should a space become available, please call us at 732-229-0602.
(Posted 2/25/14)
Commuters are still welcome and space is available for this option.  Commuter fee is $350 and includes meals, conferences and use of the facilities. 

Women Who Went Before Us and Walk with Us Today

During this retreat we will explore the lives of some amazing and valiant women:  Hildegard of Bingen, Bridget of Kildare, Julian of Norwich and those brave and largely unknown women – the Beguines of the Middle Ages.  Their stories will make a profound impact on our lives today as we draw inspiration from their witness and courage and their call for a new and radical spirituality embracing the Divine Feminine and the sacredness of the earth. We will also look at some contemporary women whose lives give witness to the perennial presence and love of God in our struggling world.

Commuters are welcome.  Please call for details.

Please note:  This is not considered a ‘silent retreat.’  A period of silence will be observed daily until 10:00 am.  Those wishing to maintain a greater period of silence are welcomed to do so in various quiet spots on the retreat center grounds.

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Presenter:  Edwina Gateley


Silent, Directed Retreat: August 12 – 19

Aug. 12 (Tue), 2014 - Aug. 19 (Tue), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $525, deposit $100

A couple of spaces have become available on this retreat due to late cancellations.  If you are interested in attending, please call the retreat center as soon as possible at 732-229-0602.  (Posted 07/21/14)

Spend time in quiet prayer and reflection, meeting each day with a spiritual director. This is a silent retreat conducted in the Ignatian spirit.

Spiritual Directors:
Margaret Ellen Burke, SC 
Gail DeMaria, CSJP
Margaret Galiardi, OP
Kathleen Geelan
Marcia Huber, SMIC
Doris Mical, CSJP
Rev. Francis Gargani, CSsR


Come Be by the Sea (Aug. 19 – 24)

Aug. 19 (Tue), 2014 - Aug. 24 (Sun), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $450, deposit $100

These days are set aside for those who wish private time to pray, read, swim, etc. There is no formal program. Liturgy is celebrated each day. This is not a silent retreat.

Come Be by the Sea (Aug. 25 – 29)

Aug. 25 (Mon), 2014 - Aug. 29 (Fri), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $360, deposit $100

These days are set aside for those who wish private time to pray, read, swim, etc. There is no formal program. Liturgy is celebrated each day. This is not a silent retreat.

Discovering a New Window of Opportunity Guided Retreat (9/15 – 9/19)

Sep. 15 (Mon), 2014 - Sep. 19 (Fri), 2014
3:00 pm - 2:00 pm,

Fee: Fee $385, deposit $100

Refresh and restore at the Jersey shore!  September is a lovely time to come be by the sea and spend some quiet time in contemplation with the Lord!  Join us!

For all those who are ready for the next chapter of their lives, this guided retreat will be a time to begin to recontextualize the past and look to the future.  With both time for reflection and deep integration, our retreat facilitator, Beverly Musgrave, will invite retreatants:

  • to hear the call to live differently by identifying new space within;
  • to recognize the mystery of the self in order to grow in wisdom and mysticism;
  • to honor time for contemplative waiting;
  • to an awareness of the present moment as sacrament;
  • to discover the holy in the ordinary and
  • to allow a new or “unfinished symphony” to unfold.

This is a silent retreat where times outside of scheduled conferences, including meals, will be in silence.  There will be opportunities during the retreat to meet with the retreat facilitator.

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Presenter:  Beverly Musgrave, Ph.D

How Can I Learn to Accurately Hear the Voice of God?

Oct. 03 (Fri), 2014 - Oct. 05 (Sun), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $235, $100 Deposit

Women’s Weekend Retreat

Arrival:  3:00 – 5:00 PM Friday;  Depart:  1:00 pm Sunday

So many times we pray, meditate, fast and try over and over to hear the messages of God. We can feel that our petitions and needs have gone unheard. We question ourselves. What are we doing wrong? Is it a lack of faith or trust? Or are we confused about how the Lord really does speak to us? Truthfully there are specific and easy tools that have actually been stated in scripture that were meant to clearly teach us how to hear God and continue to do so on a daily basis! This weekend will be dedicated to identifying and understanding God’s personal messages to us. These experiences will definitely and gracefully change our lives.

Ginger Grancagnolo, Ed.D., D. Min, opa

Weekend Retreat: Discipleship in John – An Invitation to See

Nov. 07 (Fri), 2014 - Nov. 09 (Sun), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $235, Deposit $100

The Gospel of John begins with an invitation Jesus gives to Andrew and the unnamed disciple, “Come and you will see.” It is an invitation and a process which is addressed to us as well. Using various personages in the gospel, we will trace their trajectories and then some back to our own lives to see what they can teach us.

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Advent Weekend Retreat: The Pilgrim’s Way

Dec. 05 (Fri), 2014 - Dec. 07 (Sun), 2014
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

Fee: $250, Deposit $100

The Pilgrim’s Way

Poet David Whyte speaks about looking at the great questions of life through the eyes of a pilgrim.  What does it mean to follow a star not seen or perceived by anyone else – the star that is yours alone to follow?

Presenter: Paula D’Arcy