“The Encounter went very well for me.  I love that there is no pressure to be overly emotional – what a relief!  Fr. John Mary was very profound in the things that he spoke about, and I especially enjoyed his comments on not confusing faith and emotions.” – Amanda


“This was amazing, unlike any retreat experienced before.  A great, simple experience that is not flashy or highly produced is reflective of how Jesus comes to us in a manger, in the appearance of bread and that is what this retreat is…an opportunity to simply encounter Jesus.” – A


“Wonderful experience.  Deeply insightful and profoundly clear.  I learned more about myself here in three days than in the last six months of confirmation classes.  The contemplative silence allows one to delve past feelings and give assent to loving and believing in our Lord, Jesus Christ.” – John


“Mother Magdalene’s advice regarding ‘custody of the eyes’ proved immensely helpful, as it allowed me to deepen the sense of isolation (retreat).  Br. Mikael’s honest testimony meant a lot, especially to a younger man.  It helped me to make the most honest confession I may have ever made.” – Chris


“The ‘Walk with Jesus and Mary’ was a great, simple spiritual getaway for me. The booklet was really helpful.” – Emily


“I’ve been on many retreats, retreat teams, and even been a retreat director, but this was by far the most amazing experience. Often we hear ‘Be still and let God…,’ but how often do we actually do that or even know how?” – Michelle


“I know that we are asked to be silent on the retreat, but I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to do it.  But by the first evening I felt the Holy Spirit calm my heart and I never felt restrained.  The quiet time was truly a gift.” – Gloria


“This was my first silent retreat.  I had no expectations other than to have time away with Jesus and to grow closer to Him.  This and much, much more was accomplished.” – S


“This retreat is one that will last. It isn’t a building up and then let down.  It changes hearts.” – Laurie


“I felt like I made my First Communion all over again, but even more joyful.” – Mary