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Recovery Retreat at OLC

Awakening Our Creative Self in Recovery

Awakening Our Creative Self in Recovery, a Serenity Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics is about being willing to make the 12 step program of recovery our own. Each participant will walk through the steps while creating a language that works for their recovery, setting aside language that is a barrier to recovery and creating a new language that resonates with their heart. There will be a discussion of how to live creatively and spiritually in the here and now, looking at how to stay in the present and the presence of a higher power. Each person will examine how to create a new you while trusting that process of self-examination and sharing. Lastly, various movements, prayers, and multi-media will be used as participants explore their own style of prayer and meditation. Awakening Our Creative Self in Recovery is a retreat for those who want to make changes, small or large, to their connection with self and the divine.

Our Lady of Calvary

OLC is a fully air-conditioned facility located in the historic Farmington Village. We have 12 acres of beautifully maintained grounds. All retreatant rooms are individually air-conditioned.

Learn more about the grounds at OLC.


recoveryRuth Hoenick is a recovering member of Alcoholics Anonymous and a grateful member of Al-Anon since 1986. She is actively involved in both programs in sponsorship and service work. Ruth is a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Ruth received her commission in Spiritual Guidance from the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin in November 2018. Ruth is a Spiritual Companion in the Slinger/Hartford, WI area. She has been an active retreat coordinator since 2008 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors, Emeritus at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI. She is also the coordinator of the Spirituality Creativity Room at the Jesuit Retreat House.

Ruth’s background is in the education of children and adults as well as the professional development of educators. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Professional Development. She is passionate about sharing her experience, strength, and hope with others in recovery.

Register for this retreat by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below. You may also download and print Recovery Retreat 2020


Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

The theme for our Silent Weekend Retreat for Women is inspired by an old American hymn: How Can I Keep from Singing? This hymn and our retreat are all about perspective. In spite of all the troubles of this life and our world, the song proclaims,

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

 Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

During our retreat we will discover how to hear “that music” ringing in our own souls and also in our world, by learning how to listen deeply to this love-song of the Spirit, that is forever calling us and teaching our hearts to sing.

The invitation is to first hear the song and then like a little bird that somehow senses the dawn, carefully start to sing while it is still dark.

Our song, born of faith, hope, and love can heal us, our families and our wounded world.

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?

What happens on Retreat?

A Silent Weekend Retreat for Women at OLC includes opportunities for communal and private prayer, which includes Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There are also presentations by members of the retreat team, workshops, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass. Meals will be eaten in silence and an atmosphere of silence will be maintained throughout the retreat center at all times.

Download a retreat schedule Women’s Retreat Schedule 2019-2020

Registration and Fees

The offering for all our women’s weekends is $275. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm registration for all weekends.

Our retreat will conclude with Mass at 10:30 am followed by brunch. You can expect to be ready to leave by noon. Families and friends may join retreatants for Mass and brunch when talking will be allowed.  You can use the Registration Form to make brunch reservations for your guests. You can also make reservations for our Friday soup supper.

If you have registered and need to cancel or arrange a late arrival, we ask that you call us 24 hours in advance.

Partial financial aid may be available for those who cannot afford the minimum fee. Requests for financial aid should be made in writing to our Administrator, and be accompanied by a completed registration form.

Come enjoy our beautiful grounds and fully air-conditioned facility. All retreatant rooms are individually air-conditioned!

Register by using the form below or call (860) 677-8519. You may also download and print Silent Womens’ Retreat 2019-2020


seven last words

Lenten Retreat Day – The Seven Last Words

Our tradition has provided us with a number of different ways of thinking about and meditating on the Passion of Jesus. These include the Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, The Seven Sorrows of Mary, and the Seven Last Words. The Seven Last Words are unique because more than any of the other devotions they take us inside the experience of Jesus. They offer a point of connection between the historical event of the crucifixion of Jesus and our lived experience of the Passion, both in our personal lives and as we see it lived out in the crucified of today, the poor, the oppressed, the sick and the abandoned.

This Retreat Day will begin with morning prayer. Following the presentation on the Seven Last Words, there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass.

This retreat day includes lunch.

Presenter: Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP who is Program Director at OLC. She entered the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1977 and was professed in 1979. She holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Providence College.

Register for this program by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below. You may also download and print March 4 Retreat Day


retreat for men

Retreat for Men

The retreat for men at Our Lady of Calvary will be presented by Fr. Warren Savage. 

The theme of the retreat is Go in Peace, Glorifying the Lord with your life!

“God’s word, listened to and celebrated, above all in the Eucharist, nourishes and inwardly strengthens Christians, enabling them to offer an authentic witness to the Gospel in daily life (EG, n. 174).” These words are taken from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, remind Christians of their baptismal identity to live a life in accordance with the gospel proclaimed by the crucified and risen Lord. The weekend retreat is a graced time for participants to reflect on the Word of God to discern what it means to be sent forth “in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”

About our Retreat for Men

Our Men’s Retreat averages about 30 people so the experience is personal. The men get to know one another and feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings about whatever topic is under discussion. Your friends and family are welcome to join you for Sunday Brunch at 11:00 am. Make reservations for them when you register.

Our Presenters

Fr. Warren J. Savage is the Director and Catholic Chaplain at the Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center, Westfield State University; Instructor, Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program; Chairperson of the Committee for the Continuing Education, Formation and Support of Clergy; member of the Presbyteral Council; member of Spiritual Directors International, The Academy of Homiletics, and The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Ron Miceli is the current OLC Administrator. He is a former entrepreneur, business owner, industry executive, and politician. Ron and his wife Sharon are the proud parents of their son Patrick and are enjoying their new role as grandparents.

Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP is the Program Director at OLC. She entered the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1977 and was professed in 1979. She holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Providence College.

Register for this retreat by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below. You may also download and print Men’s Retreat 2020