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.

Retreatants are encouraged to take advantage of the full seven day experience, though they may choose to come for a shorter time.

Register for an Upcoming Retreat

December 2 – 9, 2018Richard Bollman, SJ; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Mary Ann Hegner; Marilyn Kaiser; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Wanda Wetli, CSJRegister Now
April 12 – 14, 2019
Women’s Retreat
Lynne Brennan; Anne Flanagan SNDdeN; Bev Hansberry; Mary Ann Humbert, SC; Mary Jo Ruccio; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Wanda Smith RSM;  Wanda Wetli CSJ; Register Now
May 10 – 17, 2019Richard Bollman, SJ; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Paul Macke, SJ; Fran Repka, RSM; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Wanda Smith, RSM; Donna Steffen, SC; Dede Swinehart; Bob Thesing, SJ –  FULLPlease Call Mary Ellen 513-248-3500 ext 10
June 7 – 14, 2019Barbara Bir, OSU; Richard Bollman, SJ; Marilyn Kaiser; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dan Roche; Ann Vonder Meulen, OSFRegister Now
July 12 – 19, 2019Barbara Bir, OSU; Richard Bollman, SJ; Joan Deiters, SC; Dan Roche; Tom Sweetser, SJ; Ann Vonder Meulen, OSF; Wanda Wetli, CSJRegister Now
August 2 – 9, 2019Rebecca Bass; Richard Bollman, SJ; Br. Ken Homan, SJ; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Wanda Smith, RSM; Donna Steffen, SC

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October 4 – 11, 2019Rebecca Bass; Richard Bollman, SJ; Tom Choquette; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Marilyn Kaiser; Roger Johannigman; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Dede SwinehartRegister Now
December 1-8, 2019Richard Bollman, SJ; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Fran Repka. RSM; Dan Roche; Wanda Wetli, CSJRegister Now


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Most frequent questions and answers

Registration begins at 5:00pm on the first day followed by dinner at 6:00pm.  You will meet your director at 7pm and orientation is at 7:30pm.  The retreat ends with lunch at 11:45am on the last day.

This is a 7-day silent retreat which will include daily individual spiritual direction.  There will be designated time for Eucharist and Morning Prayer.  A selection of books from a local religious goods store will be available for purchase during the retreat. There are some art materials, clay and pastels for your use. Massage will be available with a licensed massage therapist for a fee of $60. There is an exercise room on the grounds.  

  • Personal Spiritual resources (ie. Bible, journal, or reflective book)
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries (ie. toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, razor, shaving cream, brush or comb)
  • Appropriate clothes for your walk to and from the bathroom and shower room
  • Comfortable informal clothing(we recommend clothes that can be layered, especially during the cool months)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking our grounds
  • Gym shoes for our exercise room

The bedrooms provide a sink, writing table and chair, small closet, and  Bible. There are shared bathrooms and shower rooms. If you have a special need, please let us know when you register and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

Meals at Jesuit Spiritual Center are served in our 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.