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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

 

“Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel

November 16 - 18

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$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.


“'Be Still and Know That I am God:' Discovering the Power of Silence and Contemplation”

Silent Advent Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

November 30 - December 2

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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

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

Come and join Fr. Jim Northrop for a weekend silent preached retreat to better learn to listen to the voice of the Lord and to sharpen your discernment skills.

We live in an incredibly fast-paced and noisy world, and a recent study pointed out that the average human being has an attention span shorter than a goldfish! We need to unplug from time to time and learn to listen more effectively to the voice of the Lord, who teaches us how to utilize technology in such a way that it uplifts and affirms the dignity of each person.

During this retreat we will learn ways to slow down and appreciate the importance of silence. This will allow us to develop healthier and holier lifestyles that enable us to fulfill the mission God has given us.

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.

 


 

December

 

 

“Growing in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness”

Women's Advent Retreat

Led by: Sr. Gabriella Yi, OP

December 7 - 9

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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

Is there any woman who doesn’t want to be beautiful? Every woman longs for beauty, and yet a beauty lacking in truth and goodness can leave her feeling empty inside. While growing up, I recall experiencing this at Christmas Eve Mass, sitting in the pew after having spent hours on my appearance, it occurred to me that I hadn’t done a thing to prepare my heart.

Our Holy Mother Church knows our hearts as women and that our longing for beauty goes deeper than mere appearances. This is why she gives us the season of Advent so that we have the time and the space to prepare our hearts in union with the Blessed Mother. Join us in this Advent Retreat for Women, to allow the Holy Spirit to beautify your heart for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, He who is beauty, truth, and goodness incarnate.

Sister Gabriella Yi, OP, is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts in the Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and teacher certification from Aquinas College in Nashville. After teaching in Catholic schools and studying in the Master of Arts Program at the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, she was sent to Rome to complete her graduate studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Her doctoral dissertation was on spiritual motherhood according to St. Catherine of Siena.


 

January


 

February

 

 

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray: The Life of Prayer for Catholic Young Adults”

Young Adult Retreat

Led by: Fr. Kyle Mangloña, Sr. Mary Vianney, MSSR

February 1 - 3

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$99.50 per Person

Note: This retreat is for young adults ages 18-30.

St. Therese of Lisieux called prayer "a surge of the heart."  In the Christian tradition, prayer is a conversation with the Beloved and the foundation of friendship with God, which begins in the deepest part of our souls. This retreat will focus on the life of prayer for the young adult Catholic. It will not simply be a time to learn about prayer, but to pray; both privately and communally, spoken and unspoken.

Our aim is to take time to step away from the chaos of daily life to focus more closely on the voice of God who tells us: "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things you have not known" (Jer. 33:3). Prayer is not simply an aspect to plug into our lives but should be a constant practice and ongoing conversation. The purpose of this retreat is to provide the climate for a deepening of one's prayer life and learning how to listen and follow the Good Shepherd more closely.

Fr. Kyle C. Mangloña is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle currently serving at St. Bridget Parish in Laurelhurst. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and entered the seminary at Gonzaga University in 2008. Fr. Kyle completed theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. His graduate thesis focused on the gift of priestly celibacy in the context of today's world. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Sartain in 2016. He previously served as associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma.

Fr. Kyle's favorite saint is St. Ignatius of Loyola and his favorite spiritual writer is Fr. Thomas Merton. In his spare time, Fr. Kyle enjoys skiing, watching Mariner's baseball, posting on Instagram, and drinking cold beer. Fr. Kyle has been friends with Sister Mary Vianney since they discovered their mutual love for Jesus Christ and the Pacific Northwest many years ago.

Sister Mary Vianney, MSSR, is a Professed member of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, a diocesan Religious community in Santa Rosa, California. The charism of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa is to magnify Jesus Christ, in union with Our Lady, by communicating the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Catholic faith in a spirit of joyful evangelization while living the fullness of the Church's liturgical life.

Sister entered the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa in 2014 and renewed her Holy Vows in November of 2017. Sister is originally from Olympia, received her bachelor's degree from Western Washington University, and lived in Sumner before entering the convent. Sister's current apostolates include a catechetical group for college-aged women, assisting with the Marian Sodality for high school girls, assisting with the Diocesan Tribunal, and pursuing a Masters degree in Psychology from Divine Mercy University. She enjoys teaching the faith, singing in the choir, and hand crafts.

Sister is grateful to God for her friendship with Fr. Kyle and for her holy vocation, and asks for prayers for her continued fidelity and perseverance.


 

“Angels to One Another: Messengers of Love and Guides to God”

Married Couples' Retreat

Led by: Fr. John Marie Bingham, OP

February 15 - 17

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$360 Per Couple

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

The creatures of God that we call angels have two primary functions: 1) they stand before God in eternal, joyful worship and 2) they open the way to heaven as messengers of God's light and love.

In both roles, they give insight into marriage as a vocation by which the spouses heal, guide and exalt each other and thus open the way to heaven.  In particular, by looking at the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael we discover powerful ways married men and women can serve one another as “angels.”

Themes for this retreat include:
- Angels and their role in orienting human persons to God
- St. Michael: Fighting for Truth and Unity in Marriage
- St. Raphael: Healing the Wounds in Marriage
- St. Gabriel: Feasting on the Divine Presence in Marriage

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 Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys the major four vices: coffee, wine, chocolate and bacon!


 

“'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare: Love Lost and Found”

Shakespeare Retreat

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

February 15 - 17

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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

As one of Shakespeare's "romances," The Winter's Tale explores deep mysteries with faith and wonder: the easy slide from love to jealousy, the irrational demands of tyranny and the power to resist it, and the possibility of moving in time from death to resurrection through the power of forgiveness.

The play is about King Leontes of Sicily, who wrongly accuses his wife Hermione of adultery with his best friend, Polixenes, and who repents his rashness with sorrow for 16 years until - in a marvelous way and beyond all reason - his losses are restored.

As always with Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale is also about the ways of the human heart; it provides a rich meditation on love and forgiveness in the days following Valentine's Day and in preparation for the feast of Easter.

 

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.


 

March

 

“Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary”

Women's Lenten Retreat

Led by: Fr. Richard De Lillio, OSFS

March 22 - 24

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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

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





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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.

 


 

April

 

“Holy Week Silent Retreat”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP

April 15 - 17

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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


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!


 

May

 

“Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel

May 31 - June 2

REGISTER NOW

$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


 

June

 

“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

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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

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.

 

 

 
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