Retreats Schedule


IHM Center Retreat

Arrival: Sun., Jun 09, 2019 7:00 PM
Departure: Fri., Jun 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Location: Scranton

Presenter: Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM
Dates: June 9 - 14, 2019
Place: Welcoming Center, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue Scranton, PA

Registration Form 

"Living and Loving the Questions  - Through Mystery, Beauty and Awe"

“Love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers… Live the questions now.” These insights of Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet call us to explore and ponder the important and often perplexing questions that face us today in the world, our nation, and in our own communal and individual lives. The important questions are the ones that may not even yet want answers. They are with us instead to be pondered and dwelt upon, to be stretched by and hopefully, even enjoyed.

In this retreat, we will allow mystery, beauty and awe guide us through the questions that surround us. Each day will provide opportunities to spend time in contemplative listening to the questions that are already alive in our midst, summoning our attention, and inviting us to adventure. The questions can lead us to marvel at the mystery we are and delight in our vocation as women religious and associates.

Annmarie Sanders, IHM, serves as the director of communications for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). She has worked for more than 30 years in communications through LCWR, the IHM Congregation, and Marywood College, and in Peru for Latinamerica Press/Noticias Aliadas. She holds a master of arts degree in public communications from Fordham University. She has authored several articles on religious life in America Magazine, Human Development, Review for Religious and other publications. She has given presentations and led retreats on contemplative practices, spirituality, praying through the arts, leadership, and communications.

Questions:  Please contact Sr. Mary Ellen Higgins at 570-346-5402.


6-Day Guided Retreat with Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

Arrival: Sun., Jun 23, 2019 4:00 PM
Departure: Fri., Jun 28, 2019 12:30 PM
Location: Danville

6-Day Guided Retreat: June 23-28, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Holy

Presenter: Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

Arrival: Sunday, June 23rd by 4:00 PM  – Supper at 5:00 PM --- Retreat begins at 6:30 PM

Departure: Friday, June 28th after the Noon Meal

Join Sister Chris Koellhoffer for a six-day guided retreat titled, Bearing Witness to the Holy. To ‘bear witness’ is to point by one’s very existence to the presence of the Holy among us. The retreat will remember the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and reflect on our own lives as manifesting the Holy in the everyday. Contemplative consciousness of all that our world loves, pursues and suffers will be cultivated.

Sisters, you must fill out and mail in both registration forms for the retreat in Danville:

Registration Form for the 6 Day Guided Retreat with Sr. Chris Koellhoffer in Danville, June 2019

Registration Form for Housing for the Retreat with Sr. Chris Koellhoffer in Danville, June 2019

Retreat Information for the Saint Cyril Spiritual Center, Danville PA

Location: Danville

The Saint Cyril Spiritual Center is located at Villa Sacred Heart nestled in scenic Danville, Pa. Villa Sacred Heart is a serene setting of 70 acres of lawns, gardens and orchards, and an additional 50 acres of fields and woodlands. There’s no shortage of beauty and sources of spiritual inspiration with our outdoor Stations of the Cross, labyrinth and prayer walk. Comfortable accommodations are available at either Villa Sacred Heart or at the Hermitage Farmhouse. Sacred Liturgy and spiritual direction are available at Saint Cyril’s Spiritual Center upon request.

For more information, please visit the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius website at: 

Retreat Locations

IHM Center

2300 Adams Ave, Scranton PA
Contact: Sister Mary Ellen Higgins, IHM

Our Lady of Grace Center

29 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset NY
Contact: Sister Ann Barbara DeSiano, IHM

Saint Cyril Spiritual Center

Villa Sacred Heart
1002 Railroad Street, Danville PA
Contact: Sister Jean Marie Holup, SS.C.M