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The Fatherless Retreat

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633 Ridgebury Road

Slate Hill, NY 10973

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Forty percent of children today are raised in fatherless families. The Fatherless Retreat, however, is not about numbers or social programs but personal concerns raising children alone or having been raised in a home without a father.

Before becoming a Catholic priest, and a spiritual father myself, I had been been a Big Brother Counsellor and volunteer. This experience and the many years I was a teacher and an employer working with young people prepared me for the experience of being a priest-father and director of the Families For Families Retreat House. Our "Fatherless Retreats" substantively follow the schedule of our other silent retreats where those who come here learn to use, study and pray the Church's Office of the Hours--the best practice I brought with me out of the seminary.

Whether single, married or divorced we all share the same experiences--we carry with us at all ages our personal childhood experiences. The Fatherless Retreat may be a turning point or a step forward in understanding better the life and challenges you have as a single or married individual.

The Families For Families Retreat House provides not only a very peaceful environment but the time to consider these very personal matters in an historic home where more than twelve generations of family had once lived. We provide separate guest bedrooms for each person and share conversations and family style meals together. We also engage our guests in the timeless insights of the Church's Office of the Hours and its vast array of personal insights from Sacred Scripture and the writings of the Fathers of the Church.

Before registering for the retreat I would ask that you email me and include your phone number and best time to call at FatherTomSays@gmail.com. I would then recognize your phone number when you call or when I may need to call you. You may also have some questions or personal concerns to discuss before making a reservation. I usually do not pick up unknown phone calls which are usually unrelated to our work at the retreat house.

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