St. Joseph Retreat Center,
owned and operated by the
Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Massachusetts:
welcomes women and
men of all faith denominations
a prayerful, quiet, exquisitely beautiful haven for rest and renewal
spiritual growth, relationship with God and all creation
training in spiritual direction
from the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team
about the closing of Saint Joseph Retreat Center.
Dear Friends of St. Joseph Retreat Center,
As you know, many renovations have been made to our retreat center
over the years. Further
improvements were to be implemented as part of our long-range
planning. These included
replacing windows and installing an elevator. However, a severe
structural issue was discovered
upon inspection of our building impelling us to come to a serious
decision. While it is difficult
to bring such a blessed, meaningful ministry to conclusion, we
have made the decision to close
St. Joseph Retreat Center effective July 5, 2016.
Prior to making this decision, we sought the insights and wisdom
of the members of our
congregation. Their views gave us a fuller understanding of the
breadth and depth of their love
and care for this ministry, which is so dear to our CSJ hearts
and heritage. Their realistic
perspective focused on the substantial, financial investment necessary
to correct and upgrade the
extensive structural issues together with the uncertainty and
cost of future staffing.
In the interim, however, we are providing for the essential repairs
that will assure the structural
integrity of the facility until its closing. The process of selling
the property will be undertaken
Needless to say, this has been a heart-wrenching decision because
we are so aware of how
significant St. Joseph Retreat Center has been to so many of you.
You have blessed this sacred
mission and haven of prayer, beauty and welcome as retreatants,
directors, donors, volunteers,
neighbors, staff and co-ministers of prayer in so many ways. You
blessed us as a congregation by
allowing us to welcome you, to serve you and to be in companionship
with you for forty-two
We fully realize that many of you are scheduled to participate
in programs offered this summer
and fall at our Retreat Center. Please be assured that you will
hear from us at a later date and
refunds will be issued to you for any programs you have registered
for at St. Joseph Retreat
As a leadership team, we want to assure you that we remain committed
to our spirituality
ministry and hope to forward it in new and creative ways. We ask
for your continued prayers and
support in these endeavors.
Sisters Rosemary, Maureen, Peggy, Roseann, Gail and Pat
Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team
to open a .pdf file of the letter.
Closing date for St. Joseph Retreat Center has been extended to
22, 2016 instead of July 5, 2016.
FOLLOWING WILL OCCUR AS PLANNED:
June 9-17 Directed Retreat:
waiting list room only
June 18-26 Directed Retreat:
room for 3
June 27-July 5 Directed
Retreat: room for 2
Applications are open for SDII, Spiritual
Direction Internship Initiative held weekly in Brighton.
Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius via the 19th Annotation Retreat: weekly individual
meetings with director in Brighton.
Sisters of Saint
Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of approximately 300 women
religious and over 80 associates who minister in the Greater Boston
area and beyond. We are one of the 16 Congregations which comprise
of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a dynamic union of all the Sisters
of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in
the foundation at LePuy, France, in the mid-seventeenth century.
Together we strive to embody a vision of all people united in one
earth community of love, unity and reconciliation. We do this through
collaborative programs, interaction, prayer and ministry. In our
conflicted 21st century world, the Sisters of Saint Joseph seek
to bring our traditions and vision to life in a way that speaks
to our contemporary society and is a positive influence for change.
The basic desire of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is to reflect a
profound love of God and neighbor without distinction. Our
mission is to live and work inclusively so that all may be one.
St. Joseph Retreat Center, founded and supported by the Congregation
of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is a Roman Catholic
retreat center welcoming women and men of all faith traditions
and cultures who seek a deeper relationship with God, self
and all creation. In collaboration with others we are dedicated
to offering spiritual direction and diverse retreat opportunities
for individuals and groups in a hospitable, peaceful, beautiful
oceanfront location on the Atlantic
south of Boston and Logan Airport
on a private, shingle beach with neighboring sandy beaches within
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