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

"Come With Me" 

Join Jesus this Lent

Registration is still open

Lenten 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 With Me"

Are you wanting to enter the season of lent more intentionally... Come away with Jesus.

Have you been experiencing a wilderness... Come sit with Jesus and find comfort.

Perhaps you've been battling the wild animals/temptations of the distracted mind? Come learn from Jesus.

Or maybe you just sense Jesus' inviting you closer... Come receive more of Jesus.

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 ~ Welcome! Arrival and settling in 

7:30pm ~ Evening Prayer

~ Evening Meditation: Come with Me - An Invitation to Retreat, Solitude & Silence

Saturday  9am ~ Breakfast (overnight guests only)

9:30am ~ Morning Prayer  

                    Introduction: Why Lent?            

10am ~ Morning Meditation: Come with Me -Joining Jesus in His wilderness / learning from Jesus


Break for Quiet Personal Reflection time: Journal / Walk / Sit / Nature / Rest / Labyrinth

12pm ~ Mid-Day Prayer

12:30-1:30pm ~ Break for Lunch

1:30pm  ~ Afternoon Meditation: Come with Me -Find Jesus in your wilderness / the benefit of temptation


Break for Quiet Personal Reflection time: Journal / Walk / Sit / Nature / Rest / Labyrinth

3:30pm ~ Closing Gathering  / Come with Me - In Prayer and Gratitude 

4:00pm ~  Sending Benediction 



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.

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

(Outline topics & times subject to change.

Open to both Men & Women 17+)

When is the Retreat?

Fri. and Sat.  March 4-5th, 2022.  Come over night of just for the day.


BEST Option #1 / Overnight Retreat -Take a minute to breathe and join us safely in-person! / Fri. Mar 4th to Sat. Mar. 5th for an overnight retreat with your own private room


Option #2 / Join us in person for Saturday only 9:30am-4pm


Option #3 / Join us via Zoom for Saturday only 9:30am-4pm

Suggested Offerings

  • Option #1 / In-person overnight $130; which includes Friday night gathering & meditation, a private room, breakfast & lunch, snacks, printed materials and use of the facilitates and grounds.  

  • Option #2 / In-person Saturday only $70; which includes lunch, snacks, printed materials and use of the facilitates and grounds. 

  • Option #3 / Online Attendees via Zoom -A suggested offering of $25.00 is greatly appreciated. This will include guided meditations and prayer times, and also a printable pdf to accompany you

  • Add ons: 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 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, if joining in person.

Payments are non-refundable, unless the retreat is cancelled, as we've had to make a deposit to the retreat center.

Where is the retreat being held? 

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 can see or hear you.

Register today!

Please complete the two steps below.

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

"A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me." 

(Ps. 51. 12-13)

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