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By BRITON RIVIERE, R.A. (1840-1920)

"Come Away With Me" 

Join Jesus this Lent

on retreat

Fri-Sat. March 4-5th, 2022

(in-person and online day options)

 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

The tempter came to him and said,

“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, 

“It is written:

‘Man shall not live on bread alone,

but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"

Matt 4:1-4

"Lent is not meant to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing,

but to thrust us into the heart of Divine love.

We must never forget that the paschal mystery does not expose that which man has done to offend God

but that which God has done to redeem man.

Lent is never about me, no matter how much I may have wronged the Lord;

Lent is always about Christ Jesus and his sacrificial love.”

― Gary Caster, The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Why go on a retreat?

"Jesus invites us to be with him, offering our full and undivided attention to him. When we choose to retreat, we make a generous investment in our friendship with Christ. We are not always generous with ourselves where God is concerned. Many of us have tried to incorporate regular times of solitude and silence into the rhythm of our ordinary lives, which may mean that we give God twenty minutes here and half an hour there. And there’s no question we are better for it! But we need more.

Indeed, we long for more.

There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant,

so needed and so welcome.

It is not a luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual life." 

-Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Retreat

 “If we don’t come apart for while, we will come apart after awhile.”
–Dallas Willard




"Come Away With Me"

Have you been experiencing a wilderness season lately

or feeling a bit far away from God?

or maybe you just hear Jesus' inviting you closer.

Come.  Hear Jesus inviting you- to come away with Him

Jesus said to them,

`Come away with me.

Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.' 

Mark 6:31

Retreat Outline

Friday (In-Person only)

6:30pm ~ Arrival and settling in (eat dinner prior to arrival)

7:30pm ~ Evening Prayer & Invitation to Retreat & Silence

Saturday (In-Person & Online)

9am ~ Morning Prayer   

                    Introduction: What is Lent? Why Lent? Why Silence & Solitude?              

9:30am ~ Morning Meditation: Jesus in the wilderness / Temptations & Distractions of the Mind

                     Quiet Personal Reflection time / Walk / Chapel 

11:30am ~ Mid-Morning Mediation: Sitting with Jesus in the wilderness / The Body in wilderness

12-1:00pm ~ Break for Lunch

1:00pm ~ Mid-Day Prayer

1:15pm ~  Afternoon Meditation: The devil left and the Angels came / Finding God's Soul Rest in wilderness

                   Quiet Personal Reflection time / Walk / Chapel / Rest

3:30pm ~ Closing Gathering  Gratitude & Re-Entry 

4:00pm ~  Closing Prayer 



All activities offered are optional and retreatants are encouraged to participate in what draws them closer to Jesus during the day. Each session will vary in length and include plenty of quiet space for personal reflection 

and time with the Lord.

This will be a silent retreat, except for a brief time of optional sharing at the closing gathering.

(minimum of 8 required to hold the retreat in-person. Deposit due by 2/4.

Outline topics & times subject to change)

When is the Retreat?

Fri- Sat March 4-5th, 2022

Option #1 / Take a minute to breathe and Join us in-person Fri. Mar 4th - Sat. Mar. 5th  for an overnight retreat


Option #2 / Join us in person for Saturday only 9am-4pm


Option #3 / Join us via Zoom for Saturday only 9am-4pm

Suggested Offering?

  • Option #1 / In-person overnight $120; which includes Friday night gathering & meditation, a private room, breakfast & lunch, snacks, printed materials and use of the facilitates and grounds.  A non-refundable $60 deposit is required by 2/4.

  • Option #2 / In-person Saturday only $60 lunch, snacks, printed materials and use of the facilitates and grounds. 

  • Option #3 / Online Attendees -A suggested offering of $20.00 is greatly appreciated. This will include guided meditations and prayer times, and also a printable pdf booklet to accompany you

  • Optional Add on: Private 1-1 Prayer sessions available for in-person and zoom participants.

                      Add on a 1-1 private prayer session or Spiritual Direction session / 45 mins / $35 / held                        during the quiet reflection breaks

Scholarships are available to those experiencing financial hardship. Submit a request for assistance here.

Registration acknowledges agreement to comply with all Covid guidelines of the retreat center at the time of the retreat.


The serene campus of The Portiuncula Center for Prayer in Frankfort, Illinois 


Join Online using the Zoom Webinar platform.

This platform allows you to join from the comforts of your home.  It differs from a zoom meeting in that it also allows you to come just as you are, because no one will see or hear you.

Register today!

Please register soon, so we know if there are enough attendees to hold the retreat.

Please complete the two steps below.

1.  Register here...
How will you attend?
Is this your first time attending one of our retreats?
I agree to adhere to all Covid requirements of the retreat center, if attending in person
1-1 Prayer sessions are available during the day for a smal add'l fee

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2. Make payment here... use the dropdown box

Payment can be made above with PayPal, or to avoid Paypal's processing fees use Venmo (cecilia-whitacre), Zelle Chase QuickPay, ApplePay

or send a check in the mail to:

1421 E. Gloria Dr

Palatine, IL  60074

(Fees are non-refundable unless the retreat is cancelled, but you can transfer it to someone else)