A Contemplative Advent Retreat

 Dec. 2-4, 2022

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,

“I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,

but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12


“Advent is a quiet, contemplative time of waiting for the Light, the Light who came to be the light of the whole human race.  The Light through whom we are given life, rescuing us from the great darkness and hopelessness and frenetic rushing of this time.  It is a very special season, indeed.  

Just as nature moves deep inside (during the winter) so too are we invited to turn inward during this blessed time of preparation for the Lord’s coming.  This inner preparation, nourished by prayer, silence, Scripture and the sacred music and rituals of the season, is essential if we are to celebrate in a manner worthy of the holy commemoration of our Lord’s birth.” 

— Advent & the Octave of Christmas; A Journey into Faith with Fr. Thomas Keating

It is our hope to do just this during your time away on retreat.  Come away…move inside, turn inward to behold God’s restoring Light.  This retreat will incorporate optional times of prayer, silence, Scripture meditation, music, art, nature and rest.  Come as you are, receive what you need.

Join us this December for BEHOLD: A Contemplative Advent Retreat

The Logistics:

  • In person on the beautiful campus of Joseph & Mary Retreat Center, Mundelein, Illinois 

  • Overnight for two nights (also includes commuter option without overnight stay at the Retreat Center)

This retreat is intended for anyone desiring time away with the Lord and to enter the season of Advent more prayerfully. We hope this retreat will be a time of rest, comfort, strengthening and encouragement. 

  • Friday, Dec. 2, 2022  – 6 pm through - Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 pm



Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the first day of the event and receive a refund minus a $20 refund fee.  Last day to cancel is November 18, 2022. Registrations may be transferred to another person.

The fee includes overnight accommodations (if requested) in a private room with your own bathroom, all meals, snacks & beverages during the day, guided prayer experiences, an optional Spiritual Direction session, access to the beautiful grounds of St. Mary’s of the Lake, all materials and a take home Advent Devotional.


There is a limited number of overnight rooms for the two-night accommodation option at the Retreat Center, so please register early. However, there will be an option for another location within walking distance for overnight accommodations once the overnight rooms are filled at the retreat center. 

Featured Facilitator:  Cecilia Whitacre will be facilitating the retreat sponsored by Christos Center for Spiritual Formation.  The retreat will also include a few other Christos alumni leading some of the prayer & meditation experiences and offering spiritual direction sessions.  Cecilia is one of Christo’s Chicago Coordinators and Distance Facilitators for the Christos Tending the Holy Spiritual Direction Program.  She is also currently on staff at her church part-time, is a trained Spiritual Director and has years of experience leading spiritual formation classes, Bible studies and retreats.

All are welcome!

Find out more and register today!

Early bird rates available until Nov. 4th