Silent Directed Retreat – July

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - July 27 @ 11:30 am


directed retreat


Start: July 21 @ 4:00 pm

End: July 27 @ 11:30 am

Cost: $640

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On an individually directed retreat, the retreatant meets with their spiritual director once a day.  The rest of the time is spent relaxing, reading, thinking, and praying.  Each retreat focuses on the way God is active in the individual’s life, and each retreat follows a uniquely personal path.  The retreat director is prepared with a wealth of suggestions from Scripture, poetry, music and other spiritual resources. 

Retreats and spiritual direction have the transformative power to reshape lives and provide the freedom to respond to God’s invitation to come closer.  You will have this week of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Mass will also be offered each day of your stay.

This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 4pm and the retreat will begin with an orientation session at 5pm. Silence will begin after dinner.

The Spiritual Directors for this retreat will be Joanne Cahoon, Sr. Jean Holup, Sr. Pat Mensing, Ginny Novak, and Fr. Michael Schleupner. If you have a preference for your spiritual director, please click on the ‘special needs’ section of your registration form below and enter their name. 

Joanne Cahoon, D. Min. holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, master’s degree in Religion/Pastoral Ministry, graduate certificates in spiritual direction and in spirituality studies, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where her specialization was spirituality and practical theology. Along the way, Joanne has also taught in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate school settings. She has also served as youth ministry, high school campus ministry, consultant, writer, national trainer, diocesan staff member, staff member of a graduate school, spiritual director, facilitator of retreats and professional coach. Joanne has welcomed and worked with many individuals and groups, serving them as they listen for God’s invitations in their personal and corporate lives. She finds it a privilege to be involved in spiritual and human formation; bringing deep listening, presence, creativity and a commitment to her own ongoing formation to her work.

Jean Marie Holup, SS.C.M., a Sister of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, has previously ministered as the Director of St. Cyril Spiritual Center in Danville, PA , for the past 20 years. Before that time Jean was on staff at Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, MD from 1996 -1999. She is the proud recipient of a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality in 1995 from Creighton University, Omaha, NE, and did her practicum at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA. Jean has the privilege of being a spiritual director involved in retreat work on the East Coast, in several Mid-Western States, and in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been giving retreats at Mercy Center in CT, and Gonzaga Eastern Point Jesuit retreat house in Gloucester, MA. An experienced spiritual director, she has witnessed the profound insights discovered through the working of the Holy Spirit during each person’s spiritual journey. Jean is currently the Director of Formation for her Congregation. She enjoys singing, dream work, creating sacred life patterns with collage, and taking walks in nature.

Sister Pat Mensing is a Sister of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia and holds an master’s degree in Theology from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, and a Certificate in Ignatian Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University. She has taught in both elementary and secondary levels before serving in parish ministry in the fields of social justice and outreach in metro DC. Sr. Pat now lives in the Philadelphia area and works full time in spirituality ministry. She gives directed retreats, the 19th Annotation, days and evenings of reflection to parishes and schools, and offers individual spiritual direction both in-person and virtual formats.

Ginny Novak, MA is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. She has been a spiritual director at Bon Secours and a long-time summer retreat director at Loyola on the Potomac in Southern Maryland. A widow, mother, and grandmother, her ministry also includes many years as a Spiritual Reflector for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and as a Spiritual Advisor for the Cursillo Movement in Washington, DC. 

Father Michael Schleupner was ordained in 1972 and has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for fifty-two years. For the past eight years, he has devoted himself to a ministry of spirituality. This especially includes spiritual direction, some retreats or retreat days, sacramental assistance at a parish, and a weekly electronic spirituality column called Inbox Inspirations which one can receive at no cost (fathermikeinbox@gmail.com). Father’s Sunday homilies are also available at (www.fathermikeschleupner.blogspot.com). His weekend Mass schedule is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FatherMikeSchleupner). Father offers spiritual direction at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Parkton, at the Caritas Counseling Center in Lutherville, and at the Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring. Father is a graduate of the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute. In recent years, he has also done studies in spirituality and secularism.

Our retreat is SOLD OUT!

Please call our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 for suggestions on other retreats you may enjoy, or to have your name placed on our waitlist for this retreat.

What our guests are saying about their stay at The Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
"Great facilities. Wonderful experience and I am very grateful."
— Grounded in Gratitude
"A serene and beautiful facility where spirits can be renewed."
— The Alleluias
"Everyone goes out of their way to be helpful and makes guests feel welcome."
— A Path and a Small Light
"Could not have been better in any way."
— Gift of Animals: Our Spiritual Companions
"Everything went very smoothly. The presentations were excellent. The bookstore had a great supply of the recommended books."
— Making All Things New
"The Retreat Center is spotless, offers good food, private full baths, seems to have a “happy” staff, persons from office, persons to do housekeeping and all. The hospitality of all is 'tops'. I love the quietness that is encouraged."
— Aging with Wisdom
"Loved your retreat center! Thank you for delicious meals and happy employees/facilitators!"
— Immaculate Heart of Mary
"A wonderful, peaceful experience. Very comforting atmosphere."
— Johns Hopkins
"The quality of the food and the selections were outstanding. Thank you all for an amazing visit."
— Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
"Really helped in my continued grieving process. Very helpful. Grace filled retreat."
— August Directed Retreat
"From the first time I inquired about the retreat I was given great information. Very informative team and more than willing to answer questions."
— University of Baltimore
"Beautiful campus. Food was outstanding. Thank you for being so welcoming."
— School of the Cathedral
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