Saint Joseph Spiritual Ministries presents…


Summer Retreats at Glastonbury Abbey 2023

 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.

Wednesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 29, 2023 (8 Days)

Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée, Clare Walsh, MHSH

Guided Retreat with Maureen Casey, SND de Namur

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

Sunday, July 9 – Saturday, July 15, 2023 (6 Days)

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

Tuesday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 26, 2023 (8 Days)

Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Patricia Smith, SSJ, Alice Poltorick

Friday, July 28 – Tuesday, August 1, 2023 (4 Days)

Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ, Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, Alice Poltorick

Thursday, August 3 – Monday, August 7, 2023 (4 Days)

Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée, Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ

Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ

Wednesday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 16, 2023 (7 Days)

Joan McCarthy, CSJ, Nan Bouché, CSJA, Mary MacGillivray, CSJA

Cost Of Directed Retreats: 

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

Cost Of Guided Retreats: 

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.

More details on receipt of confirmation letter.

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.

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.