St. Joseph's Renewal Center

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Spiritual Director's Retreat


"Living with Tension"


October 6-8, 2017



Henri Nowen faithful response to the mission Jesus was that "the way to love was also the way of suffering" two universal paths to transformation. 


In Nouwen's work called The Inner Voice of Love, he states:  "As you love deeply the ground of your heart will be broken more and more, but you will rejoice in the abundance of the fruit it will bear." 


What did you feel as you read the above quote?  How peacefully do you live in the "gray" areas of your life, rather than things being black and white? 


We will explore the concepts of awareness, solitude, compassion, suffering, and new life.


Facilitator: Josephine Daspro, CSJ

Offering $200.00





Men's Spirituality Retreat


"The Two Wolves"


November 10 - 12, 2017 


"The Two Wolves" Retreat experience refers to the internal spiritual battle all men experience.  It is a Man Matters sponsored retreat.  Jekyll and Hyde...wheat and weeds...light and darkness...yin and yang.  There are two powerful forces battling within to control our soul.  Ask yourself the following questions:  Am I even aware of this?  How have I experienced it?  How am I experiencing it now?  Am I learning how to discern and respond to the voices of my heart?  You are welcome to join the meant for this prayerful weekend experience that includes meditation, ritual, teaching, fellowship and quiet time and personal reflection.


Presenter:  Dominick Bencivengna, Michael Boccia and Michael Dunne


Fee: $225.00 ($25.00 goes to support the men's work)





Wellness Retreat


"A Balancing Act"


April 27-29, 2018



What is your "Balancing Act?"  How do you balance the wellness wheel of mind, body and spirit on a daily bases?  


This retreat will give you tools to assist you in creating a balance wheel as well as fine tune the disciplines you already practice.  


Recognizing that we create a balance wheel with God at the center, we will focus primarily on our relationship with God and the need for silence and solitude. 


Without the solitude necessary to listen to our inner voice, we                                                                                                         continue to compulsively move from day to day without                                                                                                                     the "connection" necessary to move the wheel of our                                                                                                                      spiritual life smoothly.  There will be presentations,                                                                                                                          reflective times of solitude to do personal work 

                                                                                                               and practical applications you will find helpful.  



Presenters: Josephine Daspro, CSJ, and Georgeann Dau


Massage is available for an additional offering to the massage therapist.



Fee:  $200.00





Women's Spirituality Retreat


"Climbing the Spiritual Ladder"



January 5-7 or January 19-21, 2018



As women we are challenged every day to be who we are and at the same time to be ever new. During this retreat time we will explore the stages of spiritual development for women for example: Awakening, Discovering, Creating Dwelling and Nourishing.


We are always ready to take care of everyone around us to a fault.  The retreat will give you tools to find balance between caring for others and caring for our self.  Together in community we will affirm as well as challenge each other.  There will be reflective presentation balanced with 

personal time for inner work and outer expression using ritual and sharing.



Presenters:  Beth Barker, Judy Coste, Josephine Daspro,  

Suzanne LePre, and Joan Vessio 


The offering is $200