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Event Series Event Series: Directed Retreat

Mini Directed Retreat

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - June 23 @ 12:00 pm

mini directed retreat

A Directed Retreat is a personally guided prayer experience in which the retreatant listens to God’s 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 allows you 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 week or a long weekend.

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

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 reflective 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. In addition, she facilitates a weekly online Lectio Divina prayer group for Our Lady of Calvary. She is a past board member of Spiritual Life Center.
  • 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 Holy Family Retreat Center member 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.
  • 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 pursue a Bachelor of Science 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 Masters of Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In the 40 years as a Passionist and 36 years as a priest, he spent 30 years in retreat work, of those years 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. Fr. Chris has returned to Jamaica, NY, and was reassigned to Immaculate Conception Monastery.
  • Sister Ann Rodgers, CP – 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 holds a Spiritual Direction certificate 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.
  • Virginia Blass, D.Min., M.A., M. Ed. is an experienced spiritual director, preacher, retreat master, teacher, and author. Her training and specialization in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with her rich experiences in special education, counseling, and accompaniment of family members in their senior years, is evident in her wisdom and writing. She gracefully integrates aspects of our spiritual journey with scripture, personal stories of transformation, insights from theologians, and the discipline of clinical psychology. She continues to offer programs at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, Ct. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International, a lay member of the Passionist Preaching Mission of the St. Paul of the Cross Province, and a long-time collaborator in ministry with the USA Northeast Province of Jesuits.

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


June 20 @ 7:00 pm
June 23 @ 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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