OLQP Retreat Center
Club & Organization Retreats
Our Lady Queen of Peace is available for retreats and conferences for diocesan and parish organizations . The retreat center also welcomes other groups seeking a peaceful site to hold a special event. Consider coming to Our Lady Queen of Peace for a meeting, training session , or conference.
24 rooms with full bath, including 2 handicap accessible: 17 rooms with 1 full size bed and 7 rooms with 2 twin beds. All rooms have individual heat and airconditioning controls. Bedrooms on the west side feature a view of the lake, and on the east side a lovely countryside view. The rooms are situated in two wings which are joined in the middle by the St. Gemma Meeting Room on the east side. In this area is a small kitchenette and two comfortable lounges and a screened patio offering a view of the lake.
Grounds are spacious and allow for a variety of outdoor activities such as games, walking the trails, and sitting by the lake.
Entering the main building you are warmly greeted by a freestanding fireplace, emphasizing the peace and natural beauty of the property. Off of the large main lobby is a small conference room which can seat approximately 12 people. Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
The St. Gabriel Meeting Room and third Meeting Room are also in this building. Each meeting room has audio-visual capability. Meals are provided by the cooking staff in a professionally equipped kitchen. The adjacent Dining Room can accommodate 100 people and can also function as a meeting room.
A large patio off the lobby area overlooks the lake. All areas are handicap accessible.
Days of Reflection are shorter retreat experiences that are offered throughout the year. These "mini" retreats are centered around a particular topic. A typical retreat day begins at 8:30 with a continental breakfast.
This is followed by Morning Prayer, conference, time for reflection and discussion. Mass of the day is celebrated prior to a delicious lunch. Another session is held after lunch and the day concludes by 2:30. Presenters are invited to lead the day.
The usual offering for a retreat day is $30.00.
See Retreats for a listing of current days of reflection.
During a directed retreat each retreatant meets daily with a spiritual director to reflect on God's presence and movement in their life as revealed through prayer, relationships and life experiences. The director listens to and encourages retreatants to give voice to their experience in prayer and to come to a deeper understanding of where God is leading them. Directed retreats are scripture based and follow the Ignatian method of reflecting, listening and responding.
Except for celebration of the Eucharist retreatants spend their day in solitary meditation and other activities such as journaling or reading which are designed to deepen their awareness of god and their relationship with God.
Persons are welcome to make a partial directed retreat of at least three days.
2017 Directed Retreats:
- October 31 – November 6, 2017.
Often in the hectic life that so many of us lead we reach a point where we just need to get away for a little while to put our lives back into perspective. To keep a balanced relationship with god, oneself and the persons in our lives, some quiet and solitude is not a luxury but an absolute necessity.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center can provide you with the time and space to nourish your spirit with a private retreat. A private retreat is a time set aside for personal prayer and reflection in an atmosphere of silence. Sister Eileen Fucito and Sister Ellen Buchignani are available for personal spiritual direction or you may choose to spend your time alone.
To insure a maximum of quiet and solitude, simple meals are provided and left for retreatants in the kitchenette of the housing wing.
Private retreats are available throughout the year and during directed retreat weeks depending upon space and other activities at the retreat center. Arrangements for private retreats may be made by contacting the retreat center : 731-548-2500
Spiritual Direction is the opportunity to reflect with a qualified spiritual director about your life, its events and your relationships with God and others. Spiritual Direction is a graced ministry of companionship and service.
A spiritual director is a companion on life's journey, helping the directee grow in intimacy with God and to live out the consequences of this intimacy.
While some spiritual directors may be trained pastoral or psychological counselors, problem solving or therapy is not the focus of spiritual direction. The focus of a spiritual direction relationship is on the directee's experience of God.
Spiritual direction may be especially helpful if:
- your search for God seems to be at a crossroads
- you want to explore new methods of prayer
- prayer has become difficult
- you feel the need for help in discerning the call of the Spirit
- you feel the need for a companion on the spiritual journey to walk with and listen to you
Spiritual Direction is a ministry offered at Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center.
For more information about spiritual direction or to speak with a spiritual director contact: Sister Ellen Buchignani,RSM or Sister Eileen Fucito,CP at 731-548-2500
"Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey The Director – the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul"
(Thomas Merton, Trappist)
Theme Retreat: Psalms Life as Prayer
Conversation, Conversion & Compassion in the World
This year's retreat theme looks at the Psalms. In the book of Psalms we find the voice of Christ carried over from the Hebrew book of prayer to the prayer of the Church in the present moment. The Psalms are the Bible's prayer book.
The Psalms speak to all of human experience. They are uncensored, sometimes raw, evocative, passionate, pure and a very real expression of life experience. They express all of life, lived openly in relationship with the Eternal Father and in the Psalms we learn to pray.
This retreat will explore the varied life experiences voiced in this beautiful book that is the voice of Christ and prayer of the church. We will also look at ways we can further participate in Life as Prayer.
Themed weekend retreats are sponsored by the following groups. They are open to all women and men in the diocese.