Saint Joseph Spiritual Ministries presents…


Summer Retreats at Glastonbury Abbey 2024

 Directed Retreats include an individual daily meeting with a director focusing on the retreatant’s experience of God and help in discerning the interior movements of the Holy Spirit.

Guided Retreats include prayer, presentations, and an opportunity (if one would like) to meet once with the director during the retreat.

On all retreats, within an atmosphere of silence, there is time for personal prayer, exercise, rest, and liturgy.

Directed Retreat

Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 27, 2024 (8 Days)

Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée, Norma Matthews

Guided Retreat

Sunday, July 7 – Friday, July 12, 2024 (5 Days)

Guided Retreat with Dorothea Masuret, CSJ
“That All May Be One” – (John 17: 21)
God’s desire for Oneness lives deep inside us. During these sacred days, through prayer and reflection, may our desire become One with God’s desire.

Directed Retreat

Tuesday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 24, 2024 (8 Days)

Patricia Smith, SSJ, Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ, Alice Poltorick

Directed Retreat

Friday, July 26 – Tuesday, July 30, 2024 (4 Days)

Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ, Mary MacGillivray, CSJA, Paula Tinlin, SNDdeN

Directed Retreat

Thursday, August 1 – Monday, August 5, 2024 (4 Days)

Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée, Alice Poltorick, Nancy Sheridan, SASV

Directed Retreat

Thursday, August 8 – Friday, August 16, 2024 (8 Days)

Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, Joan McCarthy, CSJ, Nan Bouché, CSJA

Cost Of Directed Retreats: 

4 days ~ $395; 7 days ~ $695; 8 days ~ $790

Cost Of Guided Retreats: 

5 days ~ $495

A $150 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, applicable to the total cost, is required within two weeks of acceptance to reserve a room. The balance is due 10 days prior to the retreat. Payment can be with cash, check, MC/V/AE/D.

For retreats that are already full, you are most welcome to add your name to the waitlist.

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Glastonbury Abbey provides an ideal place for a retreat. Situated on 60 acres with woods and spacious lawns, the abbey has many benches, a fountain, a labyrinth, Stations of the Cross and an herb garden. The abbey is 25 miles south of Boston and Logan Airport. It is 0.8 miles from the Cohasset Station and trains from Boston’s South Station.

Stonecrest, freshly renovated, accommodates 18 people on three floors. It also has a dining room, a library and a back patio. Stonecrest is fully air-conditioned and features wireless internet access and ample parking. Bedrooms on the first and third floors have individual bathrooms; second floor rooms have private bathrooms. Handicapped accessible.

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xterior and interior views of the space.

The Sisters of St. Joseph are very grateful to the monks at Glastonbury Abbey for their warm welcome and eagerness to collaborate in the summer directed retreats.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE for Directed & Guided Retreats…

Arrival is between 3:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Dinner is served at 6:30 P.M.

Departure is at approximately 11:30 A.M. and liturgy at 12 noon is optional. No lunch on the last day.


The Eucharist is celebrated each day and it is open to the public. The monks also pray the Liturgy of the Hours chanting psalms, reading scriptures, offering intercessory prayers four or five times each day. (Optional for retreatants.)

Nantasket Beach is 2.2 miles away with its pure, soft-sand beach, the clean Atlantic Ocean, and a long Boardwalk for strolling, sitting, and viewing both sunrises and sunsets.


Contact us at St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries

71 Walnut Park, Newton, Massachusetts 02458
781-227-4730 |


St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries, founded and supported by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, welcomes women and men of all faith traditions and cultures who seek a deeper relationship with God, self and all creation. In collaboration with other dedicated people we are committed to offering spiritual direction and diverse spiritual opportunities in various locations for individuals and groups.