Summer Retreats at Glastonbury Abbey, 2022

A Directed Retreat includes 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.

A Guided Retreat includes 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 21 – Thursday, June 29, 2023 (8 Days)
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée, Clare Walsh, MHSH

Guided Retreat

Sunday, July 9 – Saturday, July 15, 2023 (6 Days)
Maureen Casey, SND de Namur

Come and Let God “Widen the Space of Your Tent” (Isaiah 54:2)

The retreat will be a time to allow the Holy One to widen the space of your heart
in nature, scripture, Eucharist, poetry, song. Come and gift God with a time to
renew and awaken in new ways your mystical heart.

Directed Retreat

Tuesday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 26, 2023 (8 Days)
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Patricia Smith, SSJ, Alice Poltorick

Directed Retreat

Friday, July 28 – Tuesday, August 1, 2023 (4 Days)
Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ, Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, Alice Poltorick

Directed Retreat

Thursday, August 3 – Monday, August 7, 2023 (4 Days)
Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée, Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ
Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ

Directed Retreat

Wednesday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 16, 2023 (7 Days)
Joan McCarthy, CSJ, Nan Bouché, CSJA, Mary MacGillivray, CSJA

4 days ~ $375; 7 days ~ $660; 8 days ~ $750

6 days ~ $570

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.

Application Form available here

Download complete listing of retreats here.

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 mile 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.

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 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, 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