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














“ 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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