Personally Directed Retreats

Take a step into God’s presence to pray, listen, reflect. Enter the silence. Personally Directed Retreats provide an environment to meet the spiritual and personal needs of the individual. This is a time to grow at one’s own pace and schedule with the guidance of a personal conference each day. Whether you are searching for a new way of knowing God that is real and personal, wanting to deepen and refresh your faith, or may be at a crossroad and seeking direction, come and listen to your hopes, your heart, and the word of God, as God comes to speak within you.

Come and Find Rest

We provide spiritual retreats and sacred space for prayer and discernment where people of all walks of life are encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with God.

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Spiritual Exercise

Retreats include solitude, personal prayer guided by scripture, daily conference with spiritual director, Mass and morning prayer.



God is found in our experiences. During each retreat, the Examen is offered as a process to reflect on our daily experiences with God.



Often in our busy world we struggle to hear God’s voice. Silence deepens our spiritual life, and enables us to listen to the presence of God within ourselves.



Retreatants deepen their relationship with God through their own freedom of choice, whether making a major life decision or finding a new perspective on a certain situation.

What is a Personally Directed Retreat?

Rooted in the Gospel and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Personally Directed Retreat has been a part of the Jesuit tradition at Milford for more than forty years.  You will be praying in community with others, but on your own schedule, following the needs and hopes you have brought.  Each retreatant will meet with a Spiritual Director who serves as a companion on their week-long journey listening, responding and supporting them throughout their retreat. The time away includes daily liturgy, and other activities designed to deepen one’s awareness, such as journaling, reading, working with art materials, listening to music, resting, or walking our 37-acre-grounds.

Register for an Upcoming Retreat

December 1 – 8, 2023 Advent PDR
7-day retreat | $840
Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Stacy Hennessy; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dan Roche; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Donna Steffen, SCRegister Now
March 22 – 28, 2024 #LentFinishStrong PDR
6-day | $800
Barbara Bir, OSU; Fr. Al DeGiacomo; Stacy Hennessy; Todd Long; Fr. Paul Macke, SJ; Dan Roche; Donna Steffen, SCRegister Now
May 3 – 10, 2024 Spring PDR
7-day retreat | $910
Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Amy Hoover; Fr. Paul Macke, SJ; Fran Repka, RSM; Sean Reynolds; Donna Steffen, SC; Fr. Bob Thesing, SJ; Linda YoungRegister Now
July 6 – 13, 2024 Mid – Summer PDR
7-day retreat | $910
Fr. Al DeGiacomo; Marc Greenberg; Mary Ann Hegner; Amy Hoover; Fr. Paul Macke, SJ; Sean Reynolds; Bob Thesing, SJRegister Now
August 2 – 9, 2024 Late Summer PDR
7-day retreat | $910
Barbara Bir, OSU; Fr. Al DeGiacomo; Joan Deiters, SC; Todd Long; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Fr. Del Staigers; Donna Steffen, SCRegister Now
October 4 – 11, 2024 Autumn PDR
7-day retreat | $910
 Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Marc Greenberg; Mary Ann Hegner; Roger Johannigman; Fr. Paul Macke, SJ; Tom Sparough; Donna Steffen, SCRegister Now
December 6 – 13, 2024 Advent PDR
7-day retreat | $910
Fr. Al DeGiacomo; Lori Hamilton; Fr. Paul Macke, SJ; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Fran Repka, RSM; Dan Roche; Dorothy Schuette, OSBRegister Now



Most frequent questions and answers

Day of Arrival:
Arrival – 4:30pm
Check-in – 5:00pm
Dinner – 6:00pm

Typical Day:
Breakfast – 8:15am
Lunch – 12:30pm
Mass – 5:00pm
Dinner – 6:00pm

Spiritual Direction is scheduled sometime throughout the day by the retreatant and their director.

*Retreat schedule is subject to change.

Each day will include a Mass along with a meeting with a spiritual director. There will be plenty of time for enjoying the grounds, spending time in quiet prayer and reflection, resting, or whatever else you may wish to do. Some days will include optional morning prayer and evening prayer activities.

  • Personal Spiritual resources (i.e., Bible, Journal, or reflection materials)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Eye mask and/or earplugs
  • Shower shoes
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Extra pillow and/or throw blanket
  • Medications
  • Special shampoo or soap

Each bedroom has a sink, writing table, chair, small closet, and a bible. 

There are three communal wash rooms in the retreat house. Each wash rooms has private bathrooms, shower stalls, and dressing rooms.

Meals at Jesuit Spiritual Center are served in our beautiful common dining rooms. Our kitchen staff takes great pride in providing nutritious meals. We can accommodate most special dietary needs you may have, with prior notification.