June 23 @ 4:00 pm - June 30 @ 12:00 pm
A directed retreat is a personally guided prayer experience in which the retreatant listens for God’s personal spoken word through the Sacred Scriptures. Each retreatant is assigned a director with whom the retreatant meets daily for reflection and spiritual discernment. Retreatants may request a specific director, although it may not be possible to comply with these requests.
A Directed Retreat gives you the opportunity to meet daily one-on-one with a spiritual director to reflect on your spiritual journey and the presence and action of God in your life. You can experience the Directed Retreat for a full week or a long weekend.
Directed Retreats at OLC is open to both men and women. There will be Daily Mass. There will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Come enjoy a week of peace and tranquility in a lovely country house setting nestled in historic Farmington Village. Savor the cuisine of Chef Bill, read rest, and relax in your air-conditioned bedroom or outdoors on our twelve acres of grounds and gardens.
You may experience a full week of retreat or mini-retreat.
- Directed Retreat – Week-Long – June 23 -30, 2022, or September 13-20, 2022
- Directed Retreat – Mini – June 23-26, 2022 or September 13-16, 2022
You may request a specific director, but we will assign them on a first-come-first-served basis.
Celeste Calabotta – A spiritual director and Lay Carmelite, Celeste Calabotta has been in retreat ministry at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, CT for 11 years and began studying contemplative prayer over 15 years ago. In addition to presenting numerous programs on spirituality and contemplative prayer, she has facilitated Lectio Divina prayer groups for Our Lady of Calvary, St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington, CT, the Spiritual Life Center, and St. Thomas The Apostle parish in West Hartford, CT. She currently facilitates a weekly online Lectio Divina prayer group for Our Lady of Calvary. She is a past board member of Spiritual Life Center.
Father Christopher Cleary, CP – Fr. Chris was born in New Rochelle NY and grew up in Bristol CT. After completing St Joseph grammar school and graduating from St. Paul High School in Bristol he was inspired to peruse a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Widener College School of Nursing in Chester PA. After working three years as a cardiac intensive care nurse he received an offer he could not refuse. This offer was to join the Passionist Community and become a Priest receiving a Master’s in Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In the forty years (40) as a Passionist and thirty-six (36) years as a priest he spent thirty (30) years in retreat work, of those years fourteen (14) of them were spent on Shelter Island working at St. Gabriel’s Retreat House. Fr. Chris has also pursued studies in spiritual direction and directed retreats receiving a Masters in Spirituality from Creighton University. Fr. Chris has been blessed by being stationed at the Immaculate Conception parish in Jamaica Queens NY for four years and one year ministering in the parishes of La Piedad and Santa Gemma in Puerto Rico. At present Fr. Chris has returned to Jamaica NY and was reassigned to Immaculate Conception Monastery
Maria M. Decsy – Received her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Hartford Archdiocesan Spiritual Life Center in 1990. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from New York University, an MA in Spirituality and Religious Studies from St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford, CT. She is the founder and instructor of a four-year formation program for Spiritual Directors sponsored first by Sacred Heart University and then later by Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Maria is a member of the OLC Retreat Team.
Sister Joanne Fahey, CP (September only) – Sister Joanne received her certification in Spiritual Direction in 1996 from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She has been involved in retreat ministry since 1990 at several retreat centers including Our Lady of Calvary where she served as Administrator from 1990 to 1999. Sister Joanne currently lives in Rhode Island where she practices her Spiritual Direction primarily via Zoom as a result of the pandemic.
Sister Eileen Fucito, CP – Sister Eileen Fucito, CP has been engaged in the ministry of retreats and spirituality for over thirty years. She received her training in Pastoral Counseling from Iona University and Spiritual Direction from Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA. Before moving to Memphis TN. where she directed the Diocesan Retreat Center, Sister Eileen was a member of Holy Family Retreat Center in Farmington, CT. Sister Eileen recently completed her term of office as Congregational Leader for the Passionist Sisters.
Sister Bernadette Hughes, CP – (June only) Holds an MA in Spirituality from St. Louis University and a certificate in Corporate Ministry from St. Louis University which involved ministering in Spiritual Direction and the Myers Briggs Psychological Indicator Program. During 30 years in Jamaica, WI, she was director of Mount Calvary Retreat Center where she conducted spiritual direction and directed and preached retreats. At the request of the Anglican Bishop of Jamaica, she developed and conducted a three-year program training Anglican priests in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.
Sister Ann Rodgers, CP (June only) – She holds a B.A. in Education and Theology, from Mount Saint Joseph College, Wakefield, RI. She studied theology at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY, and she holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mercy by the Sea, Madison, CT. Sister Ann served for 2o years as Program Director and Spiritual Director at Our Lady of Calvary, Farmington, CT. She loves music and weaves it into her Directed Retreats. She has led Directed Retreats at Our Lady of Calvary, Mercy by the Sea, and Enders Island.
Mass will be celebrated daily.
You will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
You should arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 pm on the first day of your retreat in time for dinner. The retreat will open after dinner.
We provide all bath and bed linens. Please bring casual, comfortable clothing and shoes. Our retreat center is air-conditioned but you should be prepared for hot, humid weather outdoors. You may bring needlework, watercolors, or other handiwork that you find relaxing and helpful. Also, please bring your own water drinking container. You will need a notebook and your Bible.
Please register using the form below or call (860) 677-8519. Each retreatant should submit his or her own form. We accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis; many of our retreats and programs fill up quickly, and you are urged to register as far in advance as possible.