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Event Series Event Series: Directed Retreat

Mini Directed Retreat

September 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - September 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

directed retreat

A Directed Retreat is a personally guided prayer experience in which the retreatant listens for God’s personal spoken word through the Sacred Scriptures nature, art, music, etc. 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 an entire week or a long weekend.

Directed Retreats at OLC are open to both men and women.

Come enjoy peace and tranquility in a lovely country house 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.

Our Spiritual Directors include:

  • 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 programs, 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 facilitates a weekly online Lectio Divina prayer group for Our Lady of Calvary. She is a past board member of Spiritual Life Center.
  • Father Chris 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 Master’s 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.
  • Sister Joanne Fahey, CP – 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 lives in Rhode Island, where she practices her Spiritual Direction.
  • 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.

Register for this retreat using the form below or call Cathy in the OLC office on Tuesdays or Thursdays.


September 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
September 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
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Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center


Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
31 Colton Street
Farmington, CT 06032 United States
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