Retreats and Sabbaticals


Retreats and sabbaticals provide opportunities for us to re-focus and recharge our ministerial energies.  Here is a sampling of offerings found on the internet.   It is not a comprehensive list and AUSCP does not endorse any program offering.

Retreats help us remove ourselves from the daily routine of our ministry
and provide opportunities for us to re-focus, re-energize, and re-connect to
our priorities as ministers of the word and actions of Jesus.

Sabbaticals also remove us from our daily routines but for an extended
period of time to unplug and recharge, providing a more rest oriented time,
or to address spiritual or academic challenges.

Following is a sampling of offerings found on the internet. It is not a
comprehensive list and AUSCP does not endorse any program offering. It is
simply a list gathered through searching the web for priest retreats and
sabbatical programs to assist priests in searching for these programs. If
you would like to suggest a program for others to consider, please let us
know. We would be happy to include the information.
Please note: All links are active as of August, 2023

— Assembled for the AUSCP by the Mutual Support Working Group


Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford, CT

Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE

Jesuit Retreat Houses – USA directory

Loyola Spirituality Center, Prior Lake MN

Eastern Point Retreat House – Gloucester, MA

New Ways Ministry – February 2024

Pastors Priests and Guides Retreat, Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House,
Barrington IL

Opus Bono Priest Retreats
• Sept 19-21 at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc, Wi
• Oct 31-Nov. 1….Norbertine Abbey in Paoli, Pa.
For info or other dates call John Smith (517) 230-5930 / (810) 375-2722

Sabbatical & Continuing Education Programs

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, Maryland

Center for Continuing Formation at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD):

Ministry to Ministers Program at Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio,

Hesburgh Sabbatical Program (Catholic Theological Union) Chicago, Illinois

Institute for Continuing Theological Education (Pontifical North American
College) Vatican City, Vatican City

Jesuit School of Theology (JST) Renewal Program — Santa Clara University –
Berkeley Campus

Loyola House Retreat & Training Centre, Guelph, Ont., Canada

Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center (Madison, CT)

Mercy Center (Colorado Springs, CO):

Nemi Renewal Center (Centro Ad Gentes) Nemi, Italy

Norbertine Hermitage Retreat Albuquerque, New Mexico

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center Hiawatha, Iowa

Redemptorist Renewal Center (Tucson, AZ):

Sabbatical Programs at Saint Meinrad St. Meinrad, Indiana

Tantur Ecumenical Institute of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana

The Retreat Center of Saint Benedict’s Abbey Benet Lake, Wisconsin

In case you were wondering:
• Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation at St. Patrick’s Seminary (Menlo
Park, CA) – CLOSED
• The S.A.T. Sabbatical at School of Applied Theology (Oakland, CA)

Other suggestions: Camino de Santiago — The pilgrimage can take one of
dozens of routes to Santiago de Compostela, in the northwest corner of

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