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Families for Families Retreat House

Families For Families Retreat House

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

Families for Families Retreat House
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Silent Retreat
2d 14h 15m Free  
Must make reservation 2d 14h 15m Free  

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Take time to renew your faith, your personal relationships and discover how the Church's Office of the Hours can enrich your personal life. Two and three day retreats are led by Father Tom Bartolomeo and are available throughout the year with some exceptions. The retreats begin either Friday mornings at 8am, evenings at 7pm or Saturday mornings at 8am and conclude either Sunday or Monday afternoons at 4pm. Daily Mass will be celebrated every morning and all retreatants are asked to maintain silence throughout their stay except for meetings and meals shared together. We will accommodate individual schedules as much as possible. Please email me to discuss the purpose of a "silent" retreat..

Our retreats embody the spirit of Christ who sent his Apostles into the world instructing them, "as you have freely received so you should freely offer" and will include individual guest bedrooms. (Matthew 10:8).  No payment is required or will be asked for. ( A modest good-will offering for the house's upkeep would be acceptable but, again, is not required.) 

The retreat house was originally an early pioneer one room house c.1709 which was enlarged over many generations into a twelve rooms with six bedrooms and incorporates in its architecture all major periods of home constructions from pre-Revolutionary, Federal, neo-Classical and Victorian eras. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and featured in the "Great Homes and Destinations" section of the New York Sunday Times the house sits in a rural setting of dairy farms and apple orchards sixty miles North of New York City.. 

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Eighteen years of age or sixteen and seventeen year old accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

What are parking arrangements?

Onsite free parking..

 What can I bring to the retreat?

Personal clothing and other necessities; however, cell phones and other electronic devises will not be allowed. These devices can be left in a car and outside the house during the retreat. Emergency calls can be made to the retreat house as needed.

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 What's the refund policy?

The retreats are free of charge. Good will offering may be made after the retreat but are not required. If not satisfied with the retreat no donation or payment would be expected.

What are the retreat requirements?

Maintain silence during the retreat without disturbing others on retreat except, of course, during our group discussions and meals together. Attend a daily 30 to 40 minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon group discussion of the readings of the Office of the Hours copies of which will be provided each person. The retreat director will be available to meet privately with anyone on retreat.

What else can I do while "on retreat'?

Anything you want without disturbing others.  Meet or talk to the retreat director.  Read any of the books in the library.  Exercise or take a nap. Climb the local hills and take in the scenery. Chop wood, mow the lawn or contribute however you wish towards the upkeep of the house. Like to cook?  Or simply keep to yourself. All in silence, of course, except for our two daily group discussions and meals together.

When is a retreat registration closed for a particular date?

Registrations may be made weeks in advance but should be confirmed no later than three days before the retreat. Registrations may not be made later than two days before a scheduled retreat and require that you personally speak to the retreat director by telephone before making retreat arrangements.

What kind of meals do you provide?

Heart healthy home-made vegetarian/ vegan meals from local produce market and home garden.  Meal requests acceptable as much as possible.


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633 Ridgebury Road

Slate Hill, NY 10973

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Families For Families Retreat House

Before ordination as a Catholic priest serving the Diocese of Rockford, Illionis Fr. Bartolomeo received Bacalerate and Master degrees in English from Saint John's University, Jamiaca, New York, advanced graduate studies at Kansas State University and Master of Divinity degree from Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut.  Altogether he held three teaching positions at two universities and a community college. Later his interest in government and business led him to other pursuits, a candidate for the New York State Senate and in business officer positions in the petroleum industry, airport car rental business and president of a chain of auto and convenience stores. Father's other experiences include the responsiblity of public relations for a retailors business association, counsellor and volunteer for the Big Brothers of America.

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