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     “Freely you have received and freely you should offer”,     

and so Jesus admonished his disciples, "Take nothing with you, no extra clothing or money and go. Wherever you go accept the hospitality of whoever invites you into their homes. ( Matthew 10:8 ). His Apostle Paul put it another way, “Name anything you have which you have not received.” ( 1 Corinthians 4:7 ).  All the people and things of this world were here before any of us were born and will be here after we leave this world.  Some people may ignore the fact–they are not the final master of their lives and deaths.

   We so much admire the Mother Theresa’s or Francis’ of Assisi in the world, 

not realizing that they changed their lives’ after making a retreat. Many more of us, however, pursue our own personal ‘needs and wants’ without an end  in sight as this popular song describes.

   Another song, “We are Family” popular 39 years ago had a different themeThe lyrics in the song asked:

“Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose”.

Was a song enough? A good start at least. The Families For Families Retreats takes up the theme that a retreat is a good place to start. Much like the change Jesus’ disciples realized after they had returned from their retreat when Christ was crucified—they found God’s grace in a world they could journey through to a better life. We all have something to learn from their retreat and learn for ourselves when we retreat and redirect our lives.


Registration Process

  1. Please read everything explained here which may answer all your questions.
  2. Should you have any other questions email me at
  3. When you decide to register for a retreat return to the top of the page and open the pull down menu "select a date" and make your choice.
  4. This will then open the tab below it marked Registration where you will fill out the form provided.
  5. Before your selected retreat begins you will be called to confirm your registration and answer any other questions you may have.  You will also receive an email notification of your registration.


The retreat house, originally built c.1709, was enlarged over many generations preserving within its walls pre-Revolutionary, Federal, neo-Classical and Victorian architectual elements.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the house was recently featured in the New York Times column, "Great Homes and Designations". 


How long are the retreats?

Three to five days from Friday morning or evening through Monday, Tueday or Wednesday morning or afternoon.  We will confirm the days of your retreat by telephone (815)793-7465.  Leave a voicemail for a reply.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email: FatherTomSays@gmail or call (815) 793-7465 ( Be sure to leave a message for a return call ).

What is the retreat schedule?

Our retreats begin with Morning Mass. Our group activities include the readings and our discussions of the Church's ancient tradition of the Office of the Hours three times daily, morning, mid-day and mid-afternoon. At other times we maintain silence during the day except for ordinary conversation during meals. For those interested we will have daily classes on gardening, nutrition and making sourdough bread.  Much of our gardening provides the food for our meals. At other times during the day you may do as you please, take a hike or walk our wooded farmland area, read or whatever suits you.  

My phone number (815) 793-7465 does not accept "unknown callers". You would have to email me at with your phone number so I may include you in my contact list. Cell phones are not permitted in the retreat house and may be left in your car or with the retreat director until the end of your retreat. The retreat house may be called with any emergency.

What will the retreat cost me?

Nothing or a good-will donation as you choose.  "Freely you received and freely you should offer", as Jesus instructed his Apostles ( Matthew 10:8 ). Your retreat will include a private guest bedroom, meals and other amenities associated with a hotel stay ( except, of course, room service--its a retreat, afterall ).

Other questions or requests

Email or call.  You may have to leave a voicemail which I will return.

Final Note

Registration is required no later than three full days before a scheduled retreat begins ( open link top left side of page ) at which time, however, there may not be any tickets available. Our retreats are purposefully small for five to seven individuals or married couples. Register early. If later you cannot attend simply email me at as soon as you can. 


Have questions about Weekend Plus Silent Retreats? Contact Families For Families Retreat House

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633 Ridgebury Road

Slate Hill, NY 10973


Families For Families Retreat House

Before his ordination as a Catholic priest Father Bartolomeo received Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in English at Saint John's University, Jamaica, New York; post graduate doctoral courses at Kansas State University; and a Master of Divinity degree at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut. Father Bartolomeo had previously held university and college teaching positions, management positions in business, politics and social organizations including Big Brothers of America and some theatrical productions. 

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