During a Directed Retreat you usually meet individually with a director for approximately 45 minutes each day to share what is going on between you and God throughout the day. You may have encountered and responded to God in your formal prayer time, on a walk, during a meal, etc. Together with the director you discern the interior movements of the Holy Spirit. Suggestions for ongoing prayer are often offered. The only general gathering is for a communal service or liturgy. You have plenty of time for personal prayer, rest, spiritual reading, relaxation, listening to music and exercise.

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.
Within an atmosphere of total silence, there is time for personal prayer, exercise, rest, and liturgy.

Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 30, 2022 (8 Days)
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée,
Patricia Smith, SSJ, Dorothea Masuret, CSJ

Tuesday, July 5 – Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (7 Days)
Nan Bouche, CSJA, Alice Poltorick

Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18, 2022 (4 Days)
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée,
Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, Joan McCarthy, CSJ

Wednesday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 27, 2022 (7 Days)
Joan Duffy, CSJ, Joan McCarthy, CSJ, Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ

Friday, July 29 – Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (4 Days)
Kathy Hagerty, CSJ, Kathy Short, CSJ,
Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ, Alice Poltorick

Thursday, Aug 4 – Friday, August 12, 2022 (8 Days)
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Patricia Smith, SSJ,
Kathy Short, CSJ, Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ

4 days – $370; 7 days – $650; 8 days – $740
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 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.

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


Visit our page of Prayers During the Pandemic

for reflections by our retreat directors, presenters and advisory committee.