After almost 50 years, the Southdown Institute has downsized for the better, says chief executive officer Dorothy Heiderscheit. 

Marylake a special and unique place

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KING CITY, ONT. - I have been on 45 retreats at Marylake. I started as a teenager with youth groups and eventually joined the adult group. I have been a Captain for 20 years or so. After all these years I continue to find Marylake a special place.

Hawkstone Hall ideal for personal renewal

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SHROPSHIRE, ENGLAND - Hawkstone Hall is an early 18th-century Georgian mansion set in extensive parkland in north Shropshire.

Digital retreat meets the people where they’re at

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For people with an appetite for God who lack time in their day-to-day lives, Fr. John Bartunek’s digital retreats might just be the fast food of formation they need.

Taking a journey down the Gospel Roads

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TORONTO - The Gospel Roads service retreat invites students to step outside of their normal summer routines and into the lives of the less fortunate.

Pilgrimage seeks to bring the Irish back to Ireland

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WASHINGTON - An organization called World- Priest is offering a pilgrimage for priests and their parishioners and friends from around the world to experience the cultural heritage and spirituality of the Emerald Isle as part of “Gathering Ireland 2013.”

Sacred ground at Guelph’s Ignatius Jesuit Centre

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GUELPH, ONT. - The Ignatius Jesuit Centre startles the newcomer with its beauty and a sense of peace. The dozens of activities taking place seem to rise from the land itself, purposeful, harmonious and deeply satisfying.

Our wounds show us that we need God

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TORONTO - Can a wound be beautiful? According to the late priest and Catholic writer Henri Nouwen, it can.

Manoir d’Youville a place to disengage from the world

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CHATEAUGUAY, QUE. - Since the nuns who owned the property until recently didn’t care for directional road signs, you may have to stop for directions on the way to Manoir D’Youville on the St. Lawrence’s south shore, just southwest of Montreal.

Queen of Apostles is a place of Oblate hospitality

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MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga is a house for people who want to reflect on themselves and to be more conscious of the presence of God in their lives.

In the tradition of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, we are committed to the search for God and to hospitality.

Queen of Apostles was designed as a retreat centre in 1963 and built on five hectares of land bordering the Credit River. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary next year. “You have every reason to celebrate,” people often say. We see their praise as a compliment and as an incentive to our daily work. Our team wants our house to be a house of hospitality. We try to create an atmosphere of wellbeing for our guests who seek a place of silence and retreat.

Loretto Maryholme on Lake Simcoe is a place of spiritual awakening

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ROCHES POINT, ONT. - Each morning we stir in our bed, open our eyes and we are awake. We may think that “awakening” is one step, but it is really the accumulation of many steps. It begins with a pause the previous evening.

We settle into bed, our breath and heart rhythms slow and we close our eyes trusting our desire and need to rest and dream. Some time later, whether short or long, we awaken to a new day.

This is the type of awakening found at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre, an awakening that acknowledges transformation as a process of meaningful stages.

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