Mens' Retreat on the Spiritual Life

30 Aug - 4 Sep
Epworth Retreat Centre, Hora Hora, Cambridge

Fr Albert Kallio, O.P. will preach a 5-day Retreat for men 16 and older at the Epworth Retreat & Recreation Centre in Hora Hora, near Cambridge along the Waikato river. This location is about 30 minutes from Hamilton.

The retreat begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 30 August, and ends at 1 p.m on Friday, 6 October.

The fee for retreatants is $300, with a $50 deposit necessary to secure a space on the retreat, as spaces are limited.

To register for the retreat fill out our Online Registration Form

For more information, to register by phone or for questions contact the priory by email at [email protected] or by phone on +64 6-344 3814.

What is a Retreat?

A Retreat is a series of days passed in solitude and consecrated to the spiritual life. It is as old as Christianity. Our Lord spend forty days in the desert after His baptism, preparing His great mission of restoring man to the friendship of God. From this divine example sprang the eremitical and monastic life. These men and women sought places of solitude, withdrawing from the world in order more readily to draw nearer to God and apply themselves to Christian perfection.

In the fever and agitation of modern life, the need of meditation and spiritual repose impresses itself on Christian souls who desire to reflect on their eternal destiny and direct their lives in this world towards God.

What kind of person is a Retreat for?

Retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. They are for all ages and all sorts of backgrounds—labourers, professionals, homemakers, the retired, the adolecent and grandparents. Different in so many ways, we still have a common goal: the glory of God and the salvation of our immortal souls.

A Retreat means taking time away from your ordinary life and situation. You may be stepping away from a busy, demanding workload that can be hectic at times. You may be taking a break from family and household duties in order to invest precious time for your soul. Who cannot help but pause upon hearing those merciful words of Our Lord, "Come to Me all you that labor, and are burdened, for I will refresh you"?

What should I expect on a Retreat?

You should expect a healthy balance of guided meditation, communal prayer, instructive and inspiring conferences, silence and solitude, and the opportunity to make a good and well-prepared confession, all disposing your soul for the great graces God has in store for each one of us. This sacred time brings a revitalization of the soul, mind and body. 

You are provided with a clean, comfortable room. The retreat master regulates the schedule and there is a bell indicating the next activity. During the meal, there are readings at table to help you keep the spirit of the Retreat and silence, which is most important to be able to hear the voice of God. While that retreat is conducted in silence towards the others, a priest is available for daily consultations and spiritual direction to help guide you, make concrete resolutions to help your spiritual growth, but also to help you to make important decisions.

What should I bring on my retreat?

Be sure to bring:

  • Rosary, Missal, head covering
  • Set of bed linens (for a twin-sized bed) and pillow cases
  • Towels, soap, personal toiletries, tissues, slippers
  • Notebook, pens or pencils
  • Alarm clock (separate from cell phone, which cannot be used during retreat)
  • Simple loose fitting, comfortable clothes, modest and suitable for Mass
  • A Bible (at least the New Testament), the Imitation of Christ, and Christian Warfare. 

Please do not bring :

  • Immodest clothing
  • Personal electronics like radios, music players, computers, etc.
  • Secular reading or entertainments (even if not electronic, e.g. cards, magazines, novels)
  • Mobile Phones (they can be used for travel only, but must not be used during retreat, and must be turned in to the retreat master).