Workshops and Retreats:

Growing in Radiance with Teilhard de Chardin 

September 8-13

Retreat Director: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ

One of the most important capacities for those of us who wish to live a truly mystical life is the ability to see. Openness to the other and to the many sensations in our immediate surroundings deepens our ability to access the radiance of Matter’s inner face as well as our capacity to respond to the Divine Presence we encounter within. As we engage passages from Teilhard’s mystical writings, we come to know the Cosmic Christ as the source of all Radiance drawing the human family toward the light and stirring up passionate desire to join in the work of creation. 
Begins with 4:00 p.m. conference Sunday, September 8 and concludes with celebratory ritual at noon on Friday, September 13. Retreat is available in person and through Zoom. Cost: $525 in person, $300 by Zoom. Register Here.

Kathleen Duffy, SSJ is Professor Emerita of Physics and Director of the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College. She is President of the American Teilhard Association, Associate Editor of Teilhard Studies, a biannual publication of the American Teilhard Association, and serves on the Board of Cosmos and Creation. Her current research interest concerns the religious essays of Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the relationship of his synthesis to modern developments in science. She has published Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution (Orbis 2014), Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution (Orbis 2019), an edited volume of essays about Teilhard’s life and work entitled Rediscovering Teilhard’s Fire (St. Joseph’s University 2010), as well as numerous book chapters and articles about Teilhard. Kathleen also guides evening, weekend, and weeklong retreats on topics related to Teilhard’s life and work.

Advent Series via Zoom

Week 1: Reflecting on our Nativity Scene

December 4, 2024

Presenter: Janet Lander, CSJ

Every year many homes and most churches display a Nativity scene. What can the animals in it teach us about living our faith? “…just ask the animals, and have them teach you; And the birds of the sky, and have them tell you.” (Job 12:7) Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15/session.

Advent Series via Zoom

Week 2: On This Mountain

December 11, 2024

Presenter: Gilla Dubé, CSJ

Advent is filled with rich imagery. Whether it is the image of a feast of the richest of foods and the choicest of wines or the wolf living with the lamb or the leopard with the kid or the little child leading them, Advent offers us images where all will be well, where no harm will come on the holy mountain of God. Let’s explore our favorite Advent image and see how that image enriches our lives. Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15/session.

Advent Series via Zoom

Week 3: Jesus’ Birthday as Seen Through the Eyes of the Shepherds

December 18, 2024

Presenter: Jean Ann Walton, CSJ

“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” Is this true? Why us? Why were the lowly shepherds the first to be told about the birth of Jesus? How does that good news affect us today?  We too, need to hear good tidings of great joy. Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15/session.

Advent Series via Zoom


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.