8-day Directed Retreat (23 Jul - 1 Aug)
Until official guidelines are published, we are unable to say when organised groups may gather indoors - the number of people we will be able to accommodate will depend on public health guidelines. The summer of 2021 May see small numbers present on site while others participate online.
During an online directed retreat, the retreatant will be offered the opportunity to meet with the director every day (using video-conferencing), to be accompanied in their review of their prayer and reflection. If the key factors in the directed retreat can be preserved - personal prayer, reflection, silence, daily meeting with a director and participation in the Eucharist - the unexpected setting of the everyday may not offer the imagined resistance. Any directed retreat is intended to create an environment where the individual can meet God intimately and discover that they are uniquely loved and called by God.
If you are unable to commit to eight days, you are welcome to do fewer days. Please bear the following in mind:
- It is most helpful if everybody attends the 8:00 pm opening meeting on the date the retreat begins
- Plan to meet your director on at least four days following the opening meeting.
- It is best if the one-to-one sessions are on consecutive days.
Retreatants are encouraged to participate in the Eucharistic celebration - if only by joining online the liturgy celebrated in Manresa. Depending on timing and location, some people may be able to attend mass locally.