Workshops and Retreats

The Legacy Retreat

Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2020

Retreat facilitator and guide: Marcia Allen, CSJ

What am I leaving? To whom am I leaving it?

Marcia Allen, CSJ

These days are for those of us “of a certain age” who experience the questions of quality and capacity of life more frequently than ever before. Sometime in our 70s we move into late mid-life and early old age. Then in our 80s we are definitely facing old or old, old age. Now is the time to begin to examine the meaning of our successes and failures, our joys and sorrows, what we’ve received and what we have lost, our experiences, the events, the encounters with creatures, especially the people who have made a difference for us – all that have shaped our life and the meaning of it.

During our days together we will attend to the work of aging and old age. We are the keepers of the wisdom that it will take for our world and our descendants, our earth and its inhabitants, our friends and families to continue to flourish in their own journeys. This is our responsibility and our privilege: to be the resplendent image of what it means to be truly human for the next generation.

Our days will be a combinations of reflection time, shared wisdom, exploration of the wisdom we have accumulated and ways in which we can contribute to our world’s and planet’s flourishing. In short, this retreat is about what we want to pass on!

Join us for a weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020 or Nov. 6–8, 2020

For a week: Oct. 30 – Nov. 6, 2020

For a mini-sabbatical: Oct. 30 – Nov. 12, 2020

Or for any combination of days of your choice from October 30 until November 12!

Contact Manna House for more information.

2020 Theological Institute: “2020 Vision — The Experience of Interculturality”

Presenter: Anthony Gittens, C.S.Sp.

July 23-26, 2020

Father Anthony Gittens

Presenter: Anthony Gittens, C.S.Sp.

Father Anthony Gittins is experienced as a missionary pastor and professor of Mission Theology and Culture and is the author of many books. His most recent are: Courage and Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity, 2017; The Way of Discipleship, 2016; and Living Mission Interculturally, 2015. Our 2020 Vision will be an exploration of the present in light of and in hope for our future as Christians with a mission in and for the world. It will encompass the themes of these recent works by Gittins who is a skilled missionary, workshop and retreat leader, professor and, above all, a passionate Christian for our world. Come and sharpen your heart and your vision in the company of this missionary whose life speaks for itself as totally given for the good of our world. Thursday, 5 p.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. Cost: $325.

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Paschal Mystery Vision: A Visio Divina Retreat, Motherhouse Holy Week Retreat

Retreat Director: Janet Lander, CSJ

April 5-11, 2020

Sister Janet Lander

Description: We enter the 2020 year of our lives. This “2020” up to now, for many, has been about seeing. Perhaps some of us never had 2020 vision, and as the years go by, most of those who did enjoy this blessing hold it as a memory. True seeing, however, comes from a deeper place, God’s own seeing in us. Within this dynamic of sacred seeing we come to a fuller embrace of the Paschal Mystery, in Christ, in the world, in creation, in the neighbor, in our very selves.

This Holy Week retreat is a guided retreat using the practices of “visio divina,” together with the Scriptures of this season and our own tradition of transformative love.  The retreat begins Sunday, April 5 at 4 p.m. and ends Saturday, April 11, Easter Vigil.Cost: $500.

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Directed Retreat — 2020

Retreat Directors: Paula Drass, CSJ; Kathy Goetz, OP; and members of the Manna House Staff

June 7-13, 2020

In a directed retreat the retreatant meets, ordinarily once a day, with an experienced spiritual director. Together they discern the spiritual path on which the Holy Spirit is leading the retreatant. The director suggests Scripture passages that may assist the retreatant in further considering her/his spiritual journey and Christ’s call to discipleship. Sunday, June 7, from 5 p.m. supper to Saturday, June 13, noon meal. Cost: $500.

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Retreat: Mercy and Forgiveness

April 26, 2020

323 E. 5th St., Concordia, KS 66901

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Presenter: Rev. Barry Brinkman

Rev. Brinkman

Rev. Brinkman

One of the biggest obstacles to attaining peace is resentment. Even those who seem to have almost everything they need to be happy are sometimes miserable because of a host of resentments that embitter their lives. We see how widespread the problem is when we witness the critical tone of many conversations, the anger, the divisions between people, marital partners and the eagerness in the society for vengeance.

Jesus provides a remedy for this darkness that plagues our society and relationships. The remedy is forgiveness. Jesus’ whole life was about modeling for us what forgiveness entails. This gathering will discuss the power forgiveness can unleash in a person’s life. It will provide participants greater clarity on what forgiveness is and what it is not. We will renew the Biblical foundations for forgiveness and its relationship with mercy. Practical guidance will also be provided on how to begin the process of forgiving those who have hurt us.

Join us Sunday, April 26, 2020, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday Mass will be offered at the conclusion of the session at 5 p.m. Free-will offering.

Retreat: We Are Co-Missioned as Disciples of Interculturation

Retreat Director: Dr. Catherine Michaud, CSJ

July 26-Aug. 1, 2020

Dr. Catherine Michaud, CSJ

Description: Our contemplative retreat following the Theological Institute 2020 opens the new decade exploring with “courage and conviction” the depths of the Christian call to unite ourselves with our neighbors and with God. Living our mission of “interculturation” will transform the world; it is no utopian idea. It requires the deepest conversion to loving those whom we have not yet met, to encouters that reveal our humble humanity to us, and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

Father Anthony Gittins calls us to “reach beyond our grasp.” This is the grace we seek in this retreat. Sunday, 5 p.m. – Saturday, noon meal. Cost: $500.

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A Day of Reflection, Prayer and Fellowship for Men

Presenter: Father Barry Brinkman

Sept. 12, 2020

Father Barry Brinkman

This offering is a time for Catholic men to rekindle and deepen their relationship with the Lord by learning more about prayer and new methods of praying. This will allow participants to hear more clearly God’s call in their personal life and to seek God’s healing grace which in turn enables a man to be a better son, husband, father, friend and co-worker. This is also an opportunity to build upon the experience participants may have had at the annual diocesan men’s retreat in August. This day will include teaching sessions on prayer, time for private prayer and reflection, the sacrament of reconciliation, individual spiritual direction (if wanted) and fellowship with other Catholic men. Space is limited to 30 men. The event will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $50 (includes lunch).

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Christmas with Grandma

Presenters: Missy Ljungdahl, CSJ, Jean Ann Walton, CSJ, and Mary Jo Thummel, CSJ.

Dec. 5,  2020

Grandmas are you looking for some Christmas fun with your grandchildren? Join us at Manna House for simple Christmas activities you and your grandchildren can enjoy together. This will be a day of fun, crafts and activities which you can enjoy with your grandchildren. You may go home with some new traditions or a little something to decorate your tree. Not a grandma? Aunts and moms are welcomed too! Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $50 for grandma/adult, children are free (includes lunch).

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Lenten Series 2020

March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8.

A six-part series every Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 for each session, or $50 for all six sessions.

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Whether you’re experienced or just learning to quilt, a weekend quilting retreat at Manna House is the ideal place to focus. You can spend quality time quilting in a relaxed and enjoyable place. Learn new techniques while creating a new project or working on a UFO (Unfinished Object). CLICK HERE to see what’s on the schedule and then register today!


Bobbin lacemaking takes us back to the earliest history of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 17th century France. And yet as a modern contemplative practice, it creates in us heart-space where our communion with God  may be woven into our lives, as surely as the design of threads and spaces unfolds at our fingertips. CLICK HERE for details on our next offering!

 ‘Have retreat, will travel’

Sister Janet Lander can bring many of our retreats to you — at retirement or retreat centers, motherhouses or other facilities of religious congregations. These weeklong guided retreats generally include morning and evening prayer, creative or contemplative activities and a daily reflection guide. Each of these programs can also be offered as an “Elder Retreat,” a three-day format specifically designed for assisted care and similar facilities. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Sabbaticals & personal retreats

If you’re a Catholic woman religious, we offer some retreats and workshops specifically for you. CLICK HERE to go directly to that section of our website. OR, if you want information on personal directed retreats or just a sabbatical that provides a respite in an otherwise hectic life, CLICK HERE to learn more about what we can offer.