Over the years, many women have come to think of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center as their "home away from home." Because the core of our house was once a private home, the feel is one of intimacy and familiarity…like visiting the home of a friend.
From the moment you pass through our front door, you'll feel comfortable and relaxed. As you make your way to your room, you'll notice that carpeting underfoot helps promote an atmosphere of quiet. Whether you've chosen a private or shared room, you'll feel right at home.
Each of our rooms has been lovingly decorated by a retreatant or group, making every one a unique environment. Perhaps you'll find a handmade quilt on the bed, or a hand-crocheted shawl draped over a chair. There may be a rosary on your desk, a flower garland over your mirror or a prayer card tucked under your pillow. From one weekend to the next, our retreatants frequently leave mementos for each other…a Bible verse, a greeting card, a photograph. You may find a journal, filled with the thoughts and observations of those who've occupied the room before you, its blank pages beckoning you to add your own insights.
Most of our rooms have their own sink and mirror, relieving you of the need to use the shared bathroom for your personal hygiene. The rooms have a desk lamp and reading lamp in addition to the overhead light, and many also have a window seat. A small closet is available to hang your clothes, and extra blankets and pillows are readily available. While we ask that you bring your own toiletries, bed linens and towels are provided.
We try to make our house comfortable with many cozy "nooks" for reading, meditation or conversation. Our coffee room, just off the conference space, is a popular gathering spot at all hours; many retreatants bring their favorite goodies to share. Our library offers many inspirational and religious texts and we also make available a range of audio tapes-both spoken and musical-for your listening pleasure. Throughout the weekend you will have plenty of time to rest, relax, read, meditate, pray and socialize. We hope that you, too, will come away feeling that Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center is your "home away from home.”