26900 78th Ave NW, PO Box 1002, Stanwood WA 98292  |  360-629-3737












4700 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, Washington 98023



Phone: (206) 274-3130
Fax: (206) 382-3482
Email: palisades@seattlearch.org       



From North or South on I-5

  • Take exit 143.
  • Go west on 320th Street past “The Commons” Mall.
  • Stay on 320th until it ends.
  • Take a Right onto 47th Ave SW toward Dash Point Road (WA State 509).
  • At the stop sign, turn Left and then take the first Right into the drive for the Retreat Center.

From the East on Highway 18

  • Take Highway 18 to Federal Way.
  • Highway 18 will become Campus Way and then 336th SW.
  • Turn Right onto Hoyt Road. Hoyt Road becomes 47th SW.
  • Continue on 47th Ave SW toward Dash Point Road (WA State 509).
  • At the stop sign, turn Left and then take the first Right into the drive for the Retreat Center.




The Retreat Center at The Palisades













“Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary”

Women's Lenten Retreat

Led by: Fr. Richard De Lillio, OSFS

March 22 - 24


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total

During this retreat, we will review God’s strategy that Love is the only remedy to overcome sin.

When we realize that everything we have is a gift, we grow in love with our gift Giver. Love for our Giver for everything we have, leads us to long for and share that love with others.

St. Francis De Sales said, “Everything through love and nothing through fear.” We will look at Pope Francis' thoughts on mercy: to love another unconditionally requires mercy and forgiveness. Jesus' words and deeds demonstrate the wisdom needed to grow in holiness while living in our worlds. Jesus, Savior and Son of God who through his mission reveals the heart, mind, and face of God His Father.

Our response to Jesus for loving us is Gratitude:

  • We learn to love others as we are loved

  • We bring His deeds and words to the ends of the earth which is our part of the kingdom

  • We live our life to the fullest when we follow Jesus, "to be who we are and be that well as a witness  to the master craftsman who created us”( de Sales)

  • We follow Jesus by hearing his call "and See"

  • Learn about ourselves as we “come and see” where Jesus lives

  • We get to know Christ and His Spirit through prayer over our lifelong journey of following

  • We grow, “transforming as we transition,” through our “conversion” moments of life

  • We realize Christ has already written the last chapter of our life and heaven awaits us

  • We get there by living each present moment: meeting the challenges and celebrating its joys

  • We most resemble Christ as we become the most authentic “me” we can be

Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, Richard De Lillio, OSFS, earned Masters degrees in Counseling from Villanova University; Masters of Divinity from St. Charles Borromeo; and a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC.

Fr. De Lillio has held many academic and leadership roles at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, including Professor of Homiletics. He recently retired from CUA as a Clinical Associate Faculty Member in the discipline of Preaching and Pastoral Studies. He was awarded the Gerald L. Brown SS Award for Excellence in Pastoral Ministry for his ministry to the Church and the formation of priests through preaching.

Fr. DeLillio currently blogs on the topic of 'Everyday Spirituality' on livetodaywell.org, published weekly and containing opportunities for reflection and spiritual enrichment for the spiritual journey in the Salesian tradition. Father presently serves as priest in-residence at St. John Neumann Parish in Reston, VA.

He also writes and publishes homilies for Priest Magazine. He has given retreats for both religious and families in Australia, India, South Africa, and the United States.


“ Annual PAA Gathering 2019 ”

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle

Led by: Parish Financial Services

March 26 - 28


This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle and is intended for Pastoral Assistants for Administration only.

PAA Days will officially begin on Wednesday, March 27th at 9:00 AM and conclude on Thursday, March 28th at 3:00 PM. Guests may arrive early the night of Tuesday, March 26th to stay overnight before the conference begins. There will not be a sit-down dinner provided on Tuesday night.

Attention: Unfortunately, we no longer have the capacity to host overnight guests for this event. You may fill out our waiting list, and we will contact you if a room becomes available. Thank you!

2-Day Commuter Fee - $145
(Wednesday & Thursday, light continental breakfast, lunch, NO lodging)

1-Day Commuter Fee - $90.00
(Wednesday or Thursday, light continental breakfast, lunch, NO lodging)

For questions or additional information, please contact Michelle Marquardt-Chia at 206-382-7316 or michelle.marquardt-chia@seattlearch.org.




“ Entering into Holy Week ”

Palm Sunday Retreat

Led by: Deacon Owen Cummings

April 12 - 14


Private Room:
$112.50/night (meals included) - $225 Total per person

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90/night (meals included) - $190 Total per person

Holy Week is the center and the climax of the Church's liturgical year. In this week, we move from the season of Lent to the Triduum, the three days that celebrate the passion and death and resurrection of the Lord. The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening, continues with the celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, and reaches its conclusion with the Easter Vigil after sunset on Holy Saturday.

This retreat is designed to help us move more deeply into the experience of Holy Week by examining prayerfully the rites and readings, as well as poetry and music.

Retreatants will bring with them their Bibles and a notebook.

Note: This retreat is not a silent retreat.

Owen F. Cummings is the Academic Dean and Regents' Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. He is married to a psychotherapist, Cathy, and they have together five children and seven grandchildren. He holds degrees in theology from University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Glasgow, and has taught theology, from grade 1 to doctoral candidates for 45 years. He has been a permanent deacon for 29 years. Owen is the author or co-author of 20 books in theology and church history, and has conducted retreats for laity, deacons, priests, and bishops.


“Holy Week Silent Retreat”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP

April 15 - 17


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total

Special Notes: Please note that this retreat will offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass only. Masses will be in Latin, and booklets will be provided.
Father will also hear confessions.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now."

Since the Church places before our eyes the institution of the Blessed Eucharist every year during Holy Week, the focus of this silent retreat will revolve around His presence to us by Holy Mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be time for confessions, mental prayer, spiritual reading, and resting of the body.

It seems that everyone gets a vacation from work every year in order to give the body a rest. But we cannot forget to give our souls the rest we need, either. Annual retreats are not only recommended to religious men and women but for all the faithful in the Church. Holy Week is the holiest time of year, and we all ought to set aside extra time to pray and reflect on our eternal reward purchased for us by Christ 2,000 years ago.

If you don’t understand how much Our Lord loves you now, come to the retreat and you will learn more about Our Lord’s Bread of Life discourse in John’s Gospel. And, God willing, you will leave with a greater love for Our Blessed Lord hidden in the Eucharist.

I was raised in the small town of Page, Arizona. My parents moved there from Michigan before I was born, and so I am the only Arizonan in my family. I am the youngest of three, my sister is 14 years older and my brother 10. When I was old enough, I worked at a Chinese restaurant that my best friend's family owned. I then started working full time in an Italian restaurant when I was 16. Since high school, it was my dream to eventually have a family-owned Italian restaurant. When I moved to Phoenix, I looked into culinary school and after I discovered that the tuition was way out of my range, I followed my father's suggestion to go into nursing. I earned my CNA license and worked at the Veterans Hospital for 4 years before I ended up at the seminary.

I do not have a spectacular vocation story. I never wanted to be an altar server growing up and I, unfortunately, left the Church during High School when I got into all the things a teenager shouldn't be getting into. I believed in God and the Church, but I was by no means living a good life. When I turned 21, by the grace of God, I was inspired to attend Mass on Easter and only by His grace did I begin and continue to practice the faith. Our Lord waited for me patiently and continues to be patient with me, despite my sins, defects and struggles. One day, I was visiting a friend at her house and when I was helping her dad move something out of the car, he dropped something and said a curse word. When she heard him, she said to him, "be careful in what you say because Caleb is going to be a priest." It shocked us both, since I had never thought about the priesthood and consequently never spoke about it. So the idea was sowed, and I began to cultivate it with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. As the years went by, I regularly attended daily Mass, spent time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and entrusted myself to Our Blessed Mother and gave Her my vocation. I put myself completely in Her hands and asked Her to help me do God's will. In 2005 I applied to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska and asked Our Lady to let me in. I don't think I would have been accepted to the seminary in 2007 had She not interceded.

I decided to join the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter because it is an order that offers the Extraordinary Form of the Mass exclusively. All the Sacraments are done according to the Liturgical Rites of 1962, which was before Pope Paul VI approved the current Ordinary Roman Rite of the Mass. The prayers and traditions contained in the Mass were so beautiful that I was drawn closer to God and was willing to devote my life to His service in this way. So after 7 years of studies and time spent in a parish, I was ordained a priest in 2016, the Year of Mercy, by Bishop Bruskewitz at my seminary, on the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II. I am very grateful for all the Lord has given and taken away. I am truly unworthy of what I have received but I am mindful too that it is only by the goodness and wisdom of God that I am what I am, nothing more, nothing less. I recommend to anyone seeking God's will, to go to Our Lady, and spend a lot of time before Christ in the Eucharist and He will draw you closer to Him. In your charity, please pray for me and my brother priests.

Ite ad Ioseph!





“ The Glorious Feminine Heart: Beauty Fully Alive ”

Women's Retreat

Led by: Sr. Miriam Heidland, SOLT

May 10 - 12


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

All of us want to be happy and all of us long for a life that is fully alive and vibrant. The glorious heart of a woman is made to give, to bless, to receive and to bear life. So what gets in the way? Beyond our Instagram followers, internal struggles, family problems and promises from the world of unending pleasure, what really matters?

What is our deepest longing as women and how does a relationship with Jesus Christ make a difference? In this retreat we will delve into God's beautiful plan and vision for woman, why we ache for purpose, intimacy and connection and how Jesus Christ heals our deepest wounds and shows us the path to life and resurrection. No matter what your story may be; you are seen, known and loved. God has a plan for you and desires you to live fully alive.

Sr. Miriam James was raised in Woodland, WA and is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno where she played volleyball on a scholarship and majored in Communications.

Upon graduation, she joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a missionary community that serves global areas of deepest apostolic need. Sr. Miriam has served at various SOLT missions including Rome, Seattle and Texas. In addition to speaking, her apostolates have included working with elementary school students, parish ministry, coaching high school volleyball and co-hosting a Catholic radio program.

Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, The National Catholic Register and heard on Relevant Radio, Sirius XM, Catholic Answers Live and EWTN’s The Journey Home, Life on the Rock, as well as Steubenville conferences, Focus’ SEEK conference, the National Catholic Youth Conference, the USCCB Convocation and various retreats and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Sr. Miriam speaks often on the topics of:
+ Authentic Love and Conversion
+ Forgiveness and Mercy
+ The Healing Power of Christ
+The Dignity and Beauty of Woman

She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and is the author of the book Loved As I Ampublished by Ave Maria Press.

Find her on Twitter: @onegroovynun
Listen to her podcast, Abiding Together, on iTunes
Visit the SOLT website: www.solt.net

“Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel

May 31 - June 2


$365 per Couple, or $182.50 per Person

Note: This retreat fulfills the diocesan marriage preparation requirement and offers a rich integration of catechesis and theology.

The joy of marriage is the joy of the Church. “Betrothed” invites couples to prepare for a joyful, lifelong marriage. Blending hands-on learning of practical life skills with excellent catechesis and insights from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, this marriage-prep retreat is designed to impact on the quality of a couples’ communication, conflict resolution, and shared sense of mission.

Dr. Sarah Smith Bartel is an award-winning writer and a dynamic speaker. She earned a doctorate in moral theology and ethics from The Catholic University of America, specializing in marriage, family, sexual ethics, and bioethics. Her column “Your Marriage Matters” appears in Northwest Catholic Magazine. She serves as a marriage and family life consultant for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Nathan Bartel holds a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. With a background in personal finance and technology, he currently works for Amazon. Together with Sarah, he has mentored engaged couples and presented at marriage enrichment retreats. Nathan and Sarah raise their four daughters in Sumner, WA




“A Spiritual Awakening: The Grace and Mystery of Working the 12 Steps!”

12 Step Retreat for Men & Women

Led by: Dr. Mary Cross, Fr. Jim Harbaugh, SJ

June 28 - 30


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

Literally millions of people have been transformed through the experience of “working the 12 Steps."  Working the 12 Steps means the reading, studying, and ultimately living the lessons of each Step in the context of fellowship. There is a grace to each step, and individuals develop a wide variety of ways that “the Steps” move from being a program to becoming a way of life.

This retreat will focus on the meaning and development of the “spiritual awakenings” that open hearts, heal wounds, restore and recover us. What is spiritual discernment?  How do we come to know our “higher power” working in our lives? How do the 12 Steps offer ongoing sustenance to our spiritual development?

Dr. Mary Cross is the former Director of the Office of Catholic Faith Formation. She has directed 12 Step retreats for over 25 years. Currently, she is on the Board of the Sacred Story Institute and member of St. Matthew's Parish in Seattle.

Jim Harbaugh, S.J., has been a Jesuit for 54 years and a priest for 41. He has been active in addictions recovery since 1983, has been an addictions counselor, and taught Addiction Studies at Seattle University from 1993 to 2002. He has been giving retreats, mostly 12 Step, since 1991. Currently, he does parish work in the Seattle Archdiocese. He is the author of two books, including A 12 Step Approach to the Spiritual Exercises.






“ Toward a Holy Family Spirituality ”

Women's Silent Retreat

Led by: Fr. Michael Cerrone

August 23 - 25


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

Retreat description coming soon

Fr. Michael Joseph Cerrone III was born January 1947 at Saint Agnes hospital in Philadelphia, PA to Michael and Menna Cerrone. He was baptized February 1947 at Saint Edmund parish, located in South Philly, and he has two younger sisters and two younger brothers. Raised in Army family, Fr. Cerrone attended mostly Catholic schools around the USA and in Germany.

He Graduated in 1964 from Pacelli High School, Columbus GA, and then Graduated in 1968 from U.S. Military Academy, in West Point, NY. Fr. Cerrone Served five+ years in the Army in California, Vietnam, Germany, and Italy until 1973. Afterwards, he attended Seminary with the Maryknoll Missioners in 1975-78 and then Catholic University of America 1978-79. Fr. Michael Cerrone was ordained a priest on May 30, 1981 (Saint Joan of Arc’s feast day) in Savannah, GA.

Father Served in parish, hospital, pilgrimage, and retreat (Cursillo) ministries in Georgia and beyond, and also Served at the Marian Shrine and in youth ministry with Salesians of Don Bosco in Stony Point, NY. Fr. Cerrone Served as Army chaplain in Iraq, Honduras, Korea, Germany, USA, 1990 until retirement in 2007.

Other services include parish and Pro-Life ministries (Gabriel Mothers/Rachel Vineyards) in Dallas, TX in 2007-10; and parish and pro-life ministries in Seattle/Tacoma, WA diocese in 2010-2016. Fr. Served at Mary Queen of the Universe shrine basilica in Orlando, FL during the fall/winter 2015/16. Fr. is a Helping postulator for the cause of Venerable Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) to find true miracle/s. Fr. Cerrone’s New home base is in Salinas, CA (Monterey diocese), where he was placed in 2017.

Fr. Cerrone Published book in 2015, For God and Country, which details the heroic life and martyrdom of Saint Joan of Arc. He is currently in the process of writing another book, Marian Cross+Roads to Christ, which is a pilgrim’s guide to national Marian shrines in the USA.






“ Living the Carmelite Rule Today ”

Lay Carmelite Retreat

Led by: Fr. Jose Cilia, O. Carm.

October 4 - 6


Private Room:
$122.50/night (meals included) - $245 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$102.50/night (meals included) - $205 Total per person

Every religious order of the Catholic Church has unique bylaws and particular charisms that they try to exemplify. These things are often put together into a document, aptly called a "Rule" which governs how those in the community live their lives. During the retreat, participants will take a close look at the chapters of the Carmelite Rule of living and reflect on how they can use the rule to help give greater importance to prayer and silence in the noisy world of today.

This is a retreat for lay members of the Carmelite order, but anyone interested in Carmelite spirituality is welcome to attend!

Fr. Jose Cilia, O. Carm., is originally from the Island of Malta. In 1961, he started his Novitiate in the Carmelite Order. He was ordained in 1968 and offered himself to go to the Missions to Bolivia on the high mountains of La Paz, the highest capital city in the world (13,000 ft. above sea level). From there, Father was transferred to Camana, Arequipa and Lima, Peru.   He worked in Peru for 19 years and then he volunteered to come to the United States to work with the Mexican Immigrants since 2003.  Besides celebrating the sacraments, Father does his best to encourage his parishioners in so many ways and to be with them also in difficult moments - especially nowadays, because many of them are in the U.S. illegally, every single day full of fear to drive and go to work. During the retreat, Father will explain more.

“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Fred & Anne Janssen

October 18 - 20


$365 per Couple, or $182.50 per Person

Note: This retreat fulfills the diocesan marriage preparation requirement and offers a rich integration of catechesis and theology.

The joy of marriage is the joy of the Church. “Betrothed” invites couples to prepare for a joyful, lifelong marriage. Blending hands-on learning of practical life skills with excellent catechesis and insights from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, this marriage-prep retreat is designed to impact on the quality of a couples’ communication, conflict resolution, and shared sense of mission.

Fred and Anne Janssen mentor engaged couples who are preparing for Sacramental Marriage, and they train other married couples to be mentors as well. They have led Catholic Marriage retreats throughout the Northwest for more than 15 years and served on the 2009 Archdiocesan Commission for Marriage and Family.

Fred and Anne have been married for 25 years, have three children, and are members of St. John Vianney Parish in Kirkland, where they are the lay leaders for Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment.



“ Awaken ”

Young Adult Silent Retreat

Led by: Fr. Jewel Aytona, CPM

November 8 - 10


$99.50 per Person

Notes: This retreat is for young adults ages 18-35, and it is a silent retreat.

You snooze, you lose! Stay awake and keep the faith! This retreat will be an opportunity for young adults to renew their zeal and love for God and the Catholic faith. Filled with teachings of Catholic Truth, spiritual doctrines of the saints, the Eucharist and confession, retreatants will be equipped with the armor of God to fight against the snares of the devil.

This is a SILENT retreat, with the exception of common prayers, Mass, and conference presentations, which will include beatboxing music by the retreat leader. Young adults of all spiritual levels welcomed.

Fr. Jewel Aytona from the Fathers of Mercy is a missionary preacher, beatboxer/songwriter who loves to propagate the faith and dispense the mercy of God through the sacraments.



“ He Put a New Song in My Mouth: Celebrating Our Faith Through the Gift of Music ”

Silent Advent Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

December 6 - 8


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

Music is an incredible gift from God that has the power to bring us into an encounter with His beauty, goodness, and truth. Saint Augustine said, "He who sings well prays twice." Sacred music has a long and beautiful history in the Catholic Church and is an important part of our liturgical celebrations.

Come and join Fr. Northrop for a silent preached retreat that will show us how music can help us on our spiritual journey to celebrate the beauty of our Catholic faith.

Saturday evening, we will have a time of prayer with music and Adoration to lift our souls to God, and to offer a gift of praise for all the goodness we have received.

Fr. James Northrop was born in Pullman, WA and grew up in Richland, WA. He attended the University of Idaho and obtained a degree in Vocal Music Education. After college he attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA for five years. He was ordained on June 7, 1997 by the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy. He thoroughly enjoys his ministry as a priest and has been an instructor for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Certification program. He enjoys conducting retreats, working on music, fishing with his family, and helping people discover the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit.

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