Workshops and Retreats


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

Presenter: Anthony Gittens, C.S.Sp.

July 23-26, 2020

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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Roots, Charism and Mission in Our Family of Joseph — A retreat with Jean-Pierre Medaille, S.J. cofounder of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Retreat Director: Marcia Allen, CSJ

July 5-12, 2019

Sister Marcia Allen

Description: This retreat is for Sisters, Associates and all who are part of “The Family of Joseph” AND who are desiring a deeper relationship with God through a deeper exploration of the meaning of the CSSJ charism and mission. We will let Jean Pierre Medaille lead us. Bring copies of the Maxims of the Little Institute, Maxims of Perfection, The Primitive Constitutions and the Reglements/Eucharistic Letter. Copies of these can be purchased at Manna House of Prayer. The retreat begins with supper at 5 p.m. July 5 and ends with noon lunch on July 12. Cost: $600.

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Directed Retreat

Retreat Directors: Paula Drass, CSJ; Ann Ashwood, CSJ; Pat Eichner, CSJ; Dian Hall, CSJ and others as needed

July 21-27, 2019

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, July 21 from 5 p.m. supper to Saturday, July 27, noon meal. Cost: $500.

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Retreat: Mary, Mother of Jesus

Sept. 12-15, 2019

323 E. 5th St.

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Director: Ginger Downey, OLVM

Ginger Downey, OLVM

We know that Mary was a first century peasant women who birthed the Messiah. Through the centuries, she has been adored, praised, venerated and “hailed as pre-eminent and as wholly unique member of the Church and as its type and outstanding model in faith and charity.” This retreat will reflect on the various facets of Mary from the historical, biblical and doctrinal, while experiencing her through art, prayer and our own personal experience. How do you image Mary or describe her? Come and see Mary, the Mother of Jesus in a new way or deepen your love for her. Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, noon meal. Cost: $265.


Praying in Real Time

Retreat Director: Gilla Dubé, CSJ

Oct. 5, 2019


Prayer is not only something we do at church … prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. Just as everyone’s relationship with God is different, so is our prayer. Come and experience how prayer can be an everyday conversation with the One who wants our undivided attention. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: $50 (includes lunch).

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Recalculating Your GPS: Finding God in Life’s Changing Moments

Presenters: Dian Hall, CSJ; Lorren Harbin, CSJ; and Denise Schmitz, CSJ

Life sometimes leads us to the wrong exit and we find ourselves lost on a highway with no familiar landmarks. What do we do? Come join us and see how we can recalculate our spiritual GPS to find God on whatever road we are traveling. It will be a day filled with fun and reflection giving us helpful directions on this journey we call life. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 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. 7,  2019

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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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.