Four-week Advent Retreat based on themes from Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises

Gerry McKeon, SJ & Trevor Kelly, nSJ

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Thursdays, November 21st, December 5th, 12th & 19th

Fee: $50, or whatever you can afford


Enter into the season of Advent by participating in this four-week retreat, reflecting on God's gracious love,  tender mercy and boundless compassion.   In the spirit of Advent hope, there will also be an opportunity to spend time with God who chooses to draw close,  and enter fully into our human condition.   During the final week of the retreat,  participants will be invited to contemplate the Incarnation and savor the meaning and blessings of Emmanuel—“God with us.”


Participants receive suggestions for daily prayer and optional weekly readings and commit to praying 30-45 minutes each day. They will also participate  in four weekly group gatherings which include sharing,  and brief input from the presenters. 

December 05, 2019

Bringing Forth Christ: The 5 Feasts of the Infant Jesus

Marise May, OSF, Kathleen Osbelt, OSF, Rose Raymond Wagner, OSF

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Fee: $20, or whatever you can afford


For St. Bonaventure, a 13th Century Franciscan theologian and mystic, the events of Jesus’ early life are analogous to the steps of our spiritual growth.  Using his reflections on five events in Christ’s infancy, this session will help you to bring Jesus to birth in your own heart.  This Advent evening of prayer and reflection will be offered by three Franciscans on the Spiritual Renewal Center direction staff:  Sisters Marise May, Kathleen Osbelt and Rose Raymond Wagner. This will be a great way to stay rooted in the meaning of Advent in the midst of a busy season.

December 17, 2019

Glory to the Newborn King: A Holy Night of Prayer, Praise and Worship

Trevor Kelly, nSJ

7:00 - 9:00 pm

There is no fee for this worship event.


Join Jesuit novice Trevor Kelly and his brother novices for a celebration of Christmas music, readings and reflections. Glory to the Newborn King will trace the arrival of the King of Glory through story and song, ranging from traditional to contemporary.  Whether you want to sing along or would rather sit back and relax, this Holy Night will not be a night you want to miss! There is no fee for this worship event, but we'd be glad if you registered if you are planning to attend.

Silent Directed Retreat

at Christ the King Retreat House

6:00 p.m. Friday, January 10 - noon Sunday, January 12

Fee: $250 with a non-refundable $50 deposit REGISTER BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd

Our annual Silent Directed Retreat will be held at Christ the King Retreat House from 6 p.m. Friday, January 10, until noon on Sunday, January 12. The fee includes the scenic retreat house with a private room, all meals and snacks, quiet time for rest and prayer, and individual sessions with a spiritual director. The Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday evening.


Directors for this year’s retreat will be Sr. Marise May, Fr. Gerry McKeon, Fr. John Rose and Sr. Rose Raymond Wagner - all staff spiritual directors from the Spiritual Renewal Center. If you wish, you may indicate a preference for spiritual director when you register. Contact the Center to make your reservation for this grace-filled time of retreat.


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1342 Lancaster Avenue    Syracuse, New York 13210    315.472.6546

Hours of operation: M-T-W 9-5, Thursday 9-6, Friday 9-4 (September-June)

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