Located in Milton, Massachusetts, St. Joseph Retreat House provides a peaceful space for visitors to pray and grow a relationship with God. It is staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.

What Are the Retreat House Services?

Aside from our various retreat offerings, the retreat house services include spiritual direction, parish missions, group meetings and a formation program for spiritual directors. Learn more about each of St. Joseph’s services below.

Spiritual Direction

One of the key ministries that the Oblates of the Virgin Mary offer is spiritual direction. The art of spiritual direction helps the person to discern the direction of the Holy Spirit in his or her life and to develop a deeper relationship with God. Spiritual direction is provided either within the context of an individual retreat or on an ongoing basis with an Oblate priest or brother. The Oblates’ charism of direction provides an important spiritual need for the people of God in the Church today.

Those seeking spiritual direction can meet with their spiritual director monthly at St. Joseph Retreat House.

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Parish Missions

Parish missions are anywhere between two and five days and have a particular theme based on the needs of the parish community. The aim of the parish mission is to spiritually strengthen the faith community and give them the tools to evangelize and bring the Good News of the Gospel into their daily lives.

The parish missions that the Oblates offer are in the greater Massachusetts and Denver area.

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Meeting Reservations

Group meetings can either be led by an Oblate of the Virgin Mary or by an outside facilitator or retreat director.

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St. Joseph Retreat House also offers individual silent retreats based on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Through these retreats, the retreatant is provided a spiritual director that will guide them during the course of the retreat. Learn more about the types of Catholic retreats that we offer. 

Spiritual Director Formation Program

From October 2021 to October 2023, we will offer a formation program to train spiritual directors. The program involves three intensive sessions of classes at St. Joseph Retreat House and a supervised experience of accompanying others in their life of prayer.

The first session will be held October 18-30, 2021.

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