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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAILING ADDRESS:

4700 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, Washington 98023
 

RESERVATIONS & GENERAL INQUIRIES:

 

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


 

Directions


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.
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January 2020

 


“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel,
Fernand and Debra Ricard

January 24 - 26

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$385 per Couple, or $192.50 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.

Read Sarah's  Betrothed Letter to Formators.

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.

Fernand and Debra Ricard have been mentoring engaged couples who are preparing for Sacramental Marriage for the past nine years. They have also trained, presented, and led Catholic Marriage retreats throughout the Northwest, including one in Columbia Falls, Montana.

Debra is currently working on her Master of Theology with concentration in Marriage and Family Life through the University of Dallas and will be completing this degree spring of 2020. She is also a Christifideles Candidate at the Seattle Archdiocese.

Fernand and Debra have been married for twenty years, have three teenage children, and are members of St. Luke Parish. They are lay leaders for Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment and Debra is Director of Member Engagement.


February 2020

 

“ Unplugged: Hearing God, Receiving Life ”

Young Adult Retreat

Led by: Fr. Collin Parrish

February 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Event Fee: $25 per person

Busy? Overwhelmed? Need to be reminded of who you are made to be?

Come on a small day retreat led by Fr. Colin Parrish, Priest Administrator of St. Anne Parish in Seattle!

This retreat will focus on 3 things:

  1. Identity: Refocus on God’s desire for us so that we can live out of who He made us to be.

  2. Prayer: Spiritual life hacks on how to call out to God and to listen to the Lord’s voice.

  3. Discerning Voices: We all have movements of heart, emotions, and thoughts that move through us on a daily basis. We will investigate in a practical way which ones are from the Lord, and which ones are from other sources.

There will be 3 lessons in total with time for silent prayer, adoration, confession, mass, etc.

“ Hamlet or "Acting Nobler" ”

Shakespeare Retreat

Led by: Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.

February 14 - 16

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (performed c.1600) is a window into the early modern period, the England of Elizabeth I, and a mirror of our own times. The Prince of Denmark, “the observed of all observers,” is under surveillance and closely watched. As a well educated Renaissance Prince, Hamlet sees more than others do into the rotten state of Denmark, but he does not know how to set it right. How can he achieve justice against the king without endangering himself, hurting his mother (the king’s wife), and throwing the state into confusion? How does Hamlet’s dilemma reflect our own times: How does a cognitive minority – a Christian in the modern world, for example – act morally, authentically, and effectively?

As usual, Shakespeare lays out keen observations on the human condition. In this retreat, we will ponder what he says and what he prompts us to think about the dilemmas involved in how to act “nobler” when righting wrongs.

Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D. is the former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and was ordained in 1970. He has served in various academic positions, as professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University and the University of Portland and as president of Carroll College in Montana.

Outside the classroom, Fr. Rowan is a published author of books and articles on the Nicene Creed, on spirituality, and on Shakespeare. In 2001, while serving as vicar for education and superintendent of Catholic schools, Fr. Rowan assisted the Archbishop in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation as a funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.


“ Weekday Silent, Self-Directed Retreat ”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Mass, Adoration, & Confession Available

February 3 - 5

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Private Room: $200 per person
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $165 per person

This silent weekday retreat is an opportunity for men and women to pray, read, and rest at their own leisure. Guests are encouraged to spend time with spiritual reading in our library, enjoy a hot cup of coffee and cookies while journaling, or pray the rosary while walking the nature trails.

A priest will be available for Mass, Adoration, and to hear confessions in our chapel.


“ Letting God Love You ”

An Evening of Reflection

Led by: Ron Ryan

February 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Many people have an intellectual understanding that they are loved by God, yet still feel distant from him. Join in this evening of prayer and reflection as we explore how we can open ourselves to experience the love that makes all the difference in the world.

*Note: Please disregard the guest room information below. This is an evening retreat from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Ron Ryan, D. Min., has served in full-time Catholic Church ministry in various parish and catechetical roles for 43 years. He is currently Special Projects Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Seattle.


“ Hamlet or "Acting Nobler" ”

Shakespeare Retreat

Led by: Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.

February 14 - 16

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Hello! Unfortunately, we have reached our maximum capacity for this retreat. For those who wish to be put on a waiting list, please fill out our waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot should become available. Thank you!

Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (performed c.1600) is a window into the early modern period, the England of Elizabeth I, and a mirror of our own times. The Prince of Denmark, “the observed of all observers,” is under surveillance and closely watched. As a well educated Renaissance Prince, Hamlet sees more than others do into the rotten state of Denmark, but he does not know how to set it right. How can he achieve justice against the king without endangering himself, hurting his mother (the king’s wife), and throwing the state into confusion? How does Hamlet’s dilemma reflect our own times: How does a cognitive minority – a Christian in the modern world, for example – act morally, authentically, and effectively?

As usual, Shakespeare lays out keen observations on the human condition. In this retreat, we will ponder what he says and what he prompts us to think about the dilemmas involved in how to act “nobler” when righting wrongs.

Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D. is the former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and was ordained in 1970. He has served in various academic positions, as professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University and the University of Portland and as president of Carroll College in Montana.

Outside the classroom, Fr. Rowan is a published author of books and articles on the Nicene Creed, on spirituality, and on Shakespeare. In 2001, while serving as vicar for education and superintendent of Catholic schools, Fr. Rowan assisted the Archbishop in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation as a funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.


“ The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimony ”

Valentine's Day Weekend Married Couples' Retreat

Led by: Fr. Tom Vandenberg

February 14 - 16

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$418 Per Couple

This retreat is not a "how to" retreat, but a "vision" retreat, aimed at helping couples see the significance of their marriage as a Sacrament of the Church. It helps them see how their Christian marriage is different from all other marriages, addressing questions like, "What difference does it make?" "What is unique about its spirituality?" "Why is it vital to the healthy life of the Church?"

Fr. Tom will address these and other issues surrounding marriage and its place in the church and a world today, by proclaiming the depth, power, and beauty of this extraordinary vocation, but in his lighthearted and humorous style. This retreat will significantly change the way couples look at marriage, especially their own.

During the Synod on the Family last year, the family was spoken of as not just another teaching of the Church deserving our attention, but a teaching that is foundational to its overall teachings. In other words, the family is foundational to the life of the Church, and the heart of the family is the husband and wife. As one woman remarked after hearing Fr. Tom's presentations, "I've been married over 25 years. Why haven't I heard this before?" Come and see why she said this. You will be surprised.

Fr. Tom Vandenberg is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, and is a native of Washington. In addition to parish work over his 50+ years as a priest, he was also the Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Youth Organization, and has worked in both the Cursillo and Worldwide Marriage Encounter movements. He retired from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way in July of 2008 after 25 years as pastor.

A published author, his latest book, Rediscovering a Pearl of Great Price: The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimonywas selected for the Seattle University "Search for Meaning" Book Festival in February 2015. He has been a Keynote speaker at the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, in 2010, has spoken at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas in 2012, and in 2014 gave the Keynote Address at the North American Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention in Houston, Texas. He has given seminars on Sacramental Marriage in Rockford, IL, Henderson, NV, Boise, ID, Phoenix, AZ, and in many parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle as well as several retreats for married couples. He is ordained over 53 years.


“ Growing in Grace ”

A One-Day Retreat for Seniors

Led by: Ron Ryan

February 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Event Fee: $25 (includes lunch)

We never stop growing—mentally or spiritually—even in our senior years. Take time to explore what you’ve learned from life so far, and discover how you can use that wisdom to make a difference in the years ahead.

*Note: Please disregard the guest room information below. This is a day retreat from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Ron Ryan, D. Min., has served in full-time Catholic Church ministry in various parish and catechetical roles for 43 years. He is currently Special Projects Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Seattle.


March 2020

 

“ From Jesus' Transfiguration to Living Our Transformation ”

Men's Lenten Retreat

Led by: Deacon Carl Chilo

March 6 - 8

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Lent is a special time in the Church calendar. This season of Lent is a time to slow our pace, look inward, listen for the voice of God, and allow the Holy Spirit to help us in our transformation into the likeness of Jesus.

As Jesus was raised from death, we too experience spiritual dying and rising throughout our lives. The Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving helps to renew our Christian vision and life. This retreat will help the retreatants to deepen their relationship to Jesus, our Blessed Mother and the Church.

Deacon Carl Chilo was ordained in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Certificate of Spiritual Direction. He has served as a Detention Chaplain, Hospice Chaplain, Seafarers’ Chaplain, Chairman of the Social Justice Committee, RCIA Coordinator, Marriage Coordinator and Healing Prayer Minister. He is currently Director of Multicultural Ministries and Master of Ceremonies in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Deacon Carl is a native of Louisiana. He enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, and preparing Cajun and Creole Cuisine.


“ Annual PAA Gathering 2020 ”

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle

Led by: Parish Financial Services

March 17 - 19

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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 18th at 9:00 AM and conclude on Thursday, March 19th at 3:00 PM. Guests may arrive early the night of Tuesday, March 17th to stay overnight before the conference begins. There will not be a sit-down dinner provided on Tuesday night.

Commuters may also join for dinner on Wednesday, March 18th. If you a one-day commuter and would like to stay for dinner, please choose the Special 1-Day Commuter option.

2 Overnight Stay Fee (Tuesday & Wednesday Nights, Dinner, Hot Breakfast, & Lunch) - $205

1 Overnight Stay Fee (Wednesday Night, Dinner, Hot Breakfast, & Lunch - $170

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

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

Special 1-Day WEDNESDAY Commuter Fee (Same as the regular fee, but includes the social & dinner on Wednesday evening) - $105


“ Matthew: A Gospel in 5 Acts (With an Overture and Spectacular Finale) ”

Women's Lenten Retreat

Led by: Fr. Donald Heet, OSFS

March 27 - 29

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Private Room (meals included): $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member - meals included): $209 Total per person

From the first Sunday of Advent until the Solemnity of Christ the King, most of our Sunday Gospels will be taken from Matthew. In our retreat, we will both look at and pray from this Gospel. Understanding how the Evangelist structured his gospel, whom he was writing for and what he hoped to communicate can help us appreciate and be open each week’s good news throughout the rest of the liturgical year.

Father Donald Heet, OSFS was born in Dayton, Ohio on October 9, 1946. He grew up in Dayton, Cleveland and Toledo, before entering the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, a religious order of priests and brothers, in 1964. He graduated from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales with a B.A. in English, and earned a Masters degree in English from the University of Michigan in 1972 and a Masters degree in Speech and Drama from The Catholic University of America in 1975.

In 1976 he was ordained a priest and taught English, Theater, and Religion at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA until he was appointed founding principal of Paul VI High School in Fairfax, VA in 1983. In 1991 he was named religious superior of DeSales Theological Center in Washington, DC, where he also taught preaching. In October, 1998 he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America. In the fall of that year, he joined the faculty at CUA where he taught homiletics, pastoral theology, and adult religious education, and directed the Doctor of Ministry Program until 2010. He served as the vocation director of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province for three years before being appointed parochial vicar at St. John Neumann parish in Reston VA in July of 2013.

He continues to teach homiletics, give workshops on preaching, lecturing and evangelization, and preach retreats in Northern Virginia and in various dioceses across the country.


 

April 2020

 

“ Peace of Heart ”

Palm Sunday Young Adult Retreat

Led by: Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P.

April 3 - 5

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$99.50 Per Person

Long confused with an absence of conflict, tranquility, and stillness, peace of heart is a mysterious moral and spiritual phenomenon that easily escapes the grasp of contemporary men and women. And yet, the busier and noisier our lives become, the more we seek this elusive source of refreshment. In this retreat, Fr. Thomas Aquinas will guide an investigation into the nature of peace of heart; bringing to bear not only the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, but a number of saints, theologians, and philosophers. Participants will be challenged to wrestle with their vices, strengthen their virtues, and commit themselves to a determined pursuit of union with God.


“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Fred and Anne Janssen, Megan and Steven Pepin

April 17 - 19

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$385 per Couple, or $192.50 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.

Steven and Megan Pepin were both born and raised in Pennsylvania, where they met in college in Pittsburgh. They were married in the summer of 2017. Steven volunteered for two years in youth ministry, and currently works as an engineer at Philips. After graduating from college, Megan served for 3 years as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. She now serves as the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Steven and Megan have mentored and encouraged many engaged couples; they live in Kirkland, WA.


 

May 2020

 

“ Habits of a Very Loving Marriage ”

Married Couples' Enrichment Retreat

Led by: Fr. Pat Freitag

May 1 - 3

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$418 Per Couple

Note: This retreat is intended for already married couples. It is not a marriage preparation retreat.


Consider this marriage enrichment retreat as an extended date-night, the chance to get away together and talk without the distractions and demands of everyday life.

The Habits of a Very Loving Marriage seminar is based on Stephen R. Covey’s No. 1 bestsellers The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Five Love Languages, by Dr. Gary Chapman. This marriage workshop offers a framework for applying a universal, self-discovery approach that enables couples to communicate successfully. Participants:

1. Clearly define their vision as a family unit
2. Build a common sense of purpose, values, and goals
3. Learn a process to accomplish family goals; and
4. Discover how to achieve better communication as spouses.

Please join Fr. Freitag as he leads this positive, prayerful seminar.

Born and raised in Seattle, Fr. Pat Freitag first pursued an international business education and career for several years before answering the call to become a priest. He obtained his M. Div. from the University of the St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, Illinois, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle in 1996. Fr. Freitag then spent three years as Parochial Vicar before being named Pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bremerton, where he served for nine years. In 2008, he was transferred to his current assignment as pastor of St. Monica, Mercer Island. Additionally, Fr. Freitag serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, as well as other various ad hoc committees.

 


“ Theology of the Body & Women of the Bible ”

Women's Retreat

Led by: Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

May 8 - 10

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

In addition to learning some fundamentals of John Paul II's life-changing "Theology of the Body," we will focus on how it relates to women in particular.
How are women made in the image of God? How do women reflect God's love?
What are women's specific gifts ("the feminine genius")? What's great about being a woman?
How can we fully embrace and rejoice in our womanhood? What are women's specific struggles and crosses?
Does the Bible/Catholic Church oppress women?
What does feminism get wrong/get right?
How can women of the Bible (and female saints) be role models for us?

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bible (No one will be admitted without Bible. Hard copies preferred, but electronic Bible OK.)

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters founded to communicate God's Word through the media. She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John's University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One-Hollywood; and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry. Sr. Helena is also studying at the Theology of the Body Institute, PA. She is a movie reviewer for Life Teen & The Catholic Channel--Sirius XM. She wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione: www.MediaApostle.com and is a co-producer on www.The40Film.com. She has written a Theology of the Body curriculum: www.tinyurl.com/TOBtraining and her daily book for young women is “He Speaks to You”: www.tinyurl.com/DailyBook. She is also a regional vocation directress for the Daughters.

Sr. Helena gives Media Literacy and Theology of the Body workshops and online courses (www.sacredheartcollege.ca) to youth & adults all over the USA and Canada, and believes that media can be a primary tool for sharing God's love and salvation. (She is a dual citizen, Canada/USA: an international woman of mystery.)


“ Men's Retreat ”

Led by: Fr. Cal Christiansen

May 22 - 24

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Retreat Description Coming Soon

Fr. Cal Christiansen was born in Winnipeg MB Canada. He is a convert to the Catholic Church, becoming Catholic in High School. He graduated from St. Martin’s University and studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA. He is a current STL student at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI. He served as vicar for the SE Tacoma parish cluster, priest administrator of St. Rose in Longview and is currently serving as Pastor of St. Pius X in MLT. He is also a member of the core team for the permanent diaconal formation program for the Archdiocese. He enjoys outdoor endurance sports (skiing, running, biking).


“ Taller para la Formación Cristiana de la Sexualidad ”

Retiro en Español

Led by: Carlos Carillo, .

May 29 - 31

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Cuarto Individual: $160.00 por persona
Cuarto Compartido: $135.00 por persona (270.00 total)

 Un taller interactivo para padres de familia, agentes de pastoral juvenil y familiar y para adultos jóvenes que deseen profundizar sobre el conocimiento personal como hombre o mujer y la educación de los hijos con énfasis en su adolescencia basados en el “Manual para la Formación Cristiana de la Sexualidad”.

Carlos Carillo es el Director de Formación en la Fe para la Arquidiócesis de Seattle. Tiene 35 años de experiencia trabajando con el ministerio hispano en los Estados Unidos. Es co-fundador, conferencista y co-autor del Instituto Fe y Vida, el cual se dedica a la formación en Pastoral Juvenil.
Tiene 34 años de casado con Alma, dos hijos y dos nietos los cuales son inspiración para su ministerio.


June 2020

 

“ Friends in High Places - The Blessing of Our Saints ”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

June 5 - 7

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Note: This retreat is open to both men and women.

God has given us everything we need to live a truly devout life. Our saints are shining stars along the way and through their witness and writings, we can receive much help and encouragement. Come and join Fr. James Northrop for a retreat which highlights and celebrates the gift of our saints.

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.


“ God of Our Understanding: The Journey of Recovery with the 12 Steps ”

12-Step Retreat for Men & Women

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

June 26 - 28

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

"The Higher Power, "God as we understand him", is foundational to individual recovery, the spirituality of the 12 Steps and the 12 Step Traditions that define the religious freedom of individuals in the program. This retreat will illuminate these three dimensions of 12 Step recovery in the context of individual understanding, spiritual development and engagement with the Higher Power."

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.

 

 


July 2020


August 2020

“ Pornography Can Impact Anyone ”

Clergy and Parish Leader Training

Led by: Fr. Sean Kilcawley

August 24 - 27

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Event Fee: $460.00 Per Person

Please join us for a 4-day workshop for clergy and parish leaders led by Fr. Sean Kilcawley. Fr. Sean serves the Diocese of Lincoln as the Director of the Office for Family Life and has focused his ministry on healing the wounds of pornography. He travels around the world putting on workshops such as this for Church leaders. Participants in this impactful workshop will be equipped to what Pope Francis asked of us all, "the Church must accompany with attention and care the weakest of her children, who show signs of a wounded and troubled love, by restoring them hope and confidence". - Amoris Laeititia 291

Start: 4pm on Monday August 24, 2020
Ends: 1pm on Thursday August 27, 2020

Fr. Sean Kilcawley is a 1996 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1999, he left active military service to enter the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln and was ordained a priest in 2005. In 2013, Fr. Kilcawley completed a License in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies at the Lateran University in Rome. He currently serves the Diocese of Lincoln as the Director of the Office for Family Life. Fr. Kilcawley has focused his efforts on diocesan initiatives to prevent early exposure to pornography, and resources of intervention and healing for those affected by pornography. In 2019 he completed certification as a Pastoral Sexual Addiction Practitioner through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictions Professionals.


“ Ave Maria: Mary, Our Sure Guide to Jesus ”

Women's Summer Silent Retreat

Led by: Fr. John Marie Bingham, OP

August 28 - 30

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Our Catholic faith honors Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.  The rich truth expressed by this Marian title gives us confidence that Our Lady will faithfully guide us to her Son, Jesus.  During this retreat, Fr. John Marie will ponder how the familiar prayer, the Hail Mary, invokes the mystery of Mary’s authority as a guide and frees us to trust our heavenly Queen when we turn to her seeking her Son.

Fr. John Marie Bingham, OP, grew up the son of an Episcopal priest. He and his family entered the Catholic Church in the summer of 1993. He has always enjoyed studying the truths of the faith and sharing them with others, so after college, he entered the Western Province of the Dominican Order, and was ordained a priest in 2010. He currently serves as Director of Vocations in Oakland, California. He enjoys the major four vices: coffee, wine, chocolate and bacon!


September 2020

 

“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel

September 18 - 20

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$385 per Couple, or $192.50 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.

Read Sarah's  Betrothed Letter to Formators.

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.


October 2020

 

“ Silent Lay Carmelite Retreat ”

Sponsored by the Lay Carmelites of Washington & British Columbia

Led by: Fr. Christopher LaRocca, OCD

October 2 - 4

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Private Room: $250.00 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $210 Total per person

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Fr. Christopher LaRocca, OCD, was ordained on July 12, 1997 by Bishop Carlos Savilla, SJ. His priesthood journey has led him into different roles such as Pastor, Novice Master, Student Master, and Regional Superior, and into different parishes in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and Uganda, Africa.


November 2020

 

“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Fred and Anne Janssen, Megan and Steven Pepin

November 20 - 22

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$385 per Couple, or $192.50 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.

Read Dr. Sarah Bartel's  Betrothed Letter to Formators.

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.

Steven and Megan Pepin were both born and raised in Pennsylvania, where they met in college in Pittsburgh. They were married in the summer of 2017. Steven volunteered for two years in youth ministry, and currently works as an engineer at Philips. After graduating from college, Megan served for 3 years as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. She now serves as the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Steven and Megan have mentored and encouraged many engaged couples; they live in Kirkland, WA.


 

December 2020

 

“ In The World Not Of The World - The Call To Holiness ”

Silent Advent Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

December 4 - 6

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Note: This retreat is open to both men and women.

The Second Vatican Council reiterated that everyone is called to holiness. What does this mean? In a world that is becoming increasingly secular how do put into practice Jesus’ words to be “salt for the earth” and avoid the trap of “gaining the world and losing our soul”. Join Fr. James Northrop for a retreat where we learn and pray to remain faithful to the call of our Baptism to be set apart for the works of God.

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.


“ The Hope of Advent ”

Women's Advent Retreat

Led by: Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

December 11 - 13

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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Advent is a beautiful time of preparation and illumination as we await the arrival of Jesus Christ our Lord. What does Mary’s heart reveal to us in this time? Where in our hearts is Christ coming to save us and bring us His light, healing and hope? This retreat will focus on the power and promise of God’s love for us, the beauty of the feminine heart found in its fullness in Mary and how through hope and healing our lives are transformed from darkness into light.

Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home, SEEK Conference, USCCB Convocation, Relevant Radio and other outlets.
She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun

 


 
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