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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The Retreat Center at The Palisades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

 

“ 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

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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.


“ O house of Israel, come; Let us walk in the light of the Lord ”

A One-Day Advent Retreat

December 14, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Event Fee: $25.00 (includes lunch)

Finding hope and faith in the midst of darkness

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.

 


“ O house of Israel, come; Let us walk in the light of the Lord ”

A One-Day Advent Retreat

Led by:

December 14, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Event Fee: $25.00 (includes lunch)

Finding hope and faith in the midst of darkness

 

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.

 


“ Advent Silent, Self-Directed Retreat ”

Men's & Women's Weekday Retreat

Led by: Mass, Adoration, & Confession Available

December 16 - 18

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Private Room: $195 per person
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $160 per person

This silent weekday Advent retreat is an opportunity for men and women to pray, read, and rest at their own leisure as they prepare their hearts for the great Feast of Christmas. 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 on the Retreat Center's grounds.

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


“ Silent Advent Retreat ”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP

December 20 - 22

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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

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!


January 2020

 

“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

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

January 3 - 5

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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.

 


“ 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

 

“ 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.


“ 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.


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.

 


 

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

REGISTER NOW

$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.)

 


“ 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.

 


 
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