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Silent Retreat
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1 day before event starts Free  
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It is necessary to provide a phone number by email or complete your registration here and call Fr. Tom to discuss your retreat plans.
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The ancient Greek saying attributable to the philosopher Socrates states, “The unexamined life is a life not worth living”. 

Take time to examine your life, faith, personal relationships and discover how the time-honored Office of the Hours may enrich and redirect your personal life. Two and three day retreats are led by Father Tom Bartolomeo which are available throughout the year except when noted. The retreats begin which you choose either Friday or Saturday morning and conclude either Sunday or Monday afternoon.  Mass will be celebrated every morning and all retreatants are asked to maintain silence throughout their stay except for our shared meetings and meals together.  Cell phones are not permitted while on retreat.  Emergency calls may be made to Father Bartolomeo at (815) 793-7465.  Individual group retreat schedules are possible on weekdays. A personal telephone conversation with Father Bartolomeo is required no later than 24 hours before you schedule your arrival to discuss your retreat and complete your registration.

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  is acceptable but, again, not required.) 

The retreat house was originally an early pioneer one room house c.1709 which was enlarged over many generations into twelve rooms with six bedrooms and incorporates in its structure pre-Revolutionary, Federal, neo-Classical and Victorian architectures. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places the house was  featured in the New York Sunday Times column "Great Homes and Destinations".  This historic house rests in a pastoral setting of dairy farms and apple orchards sixty miles North of New York City.. 

 For more information email me at NOTICE--My phone number 815-7933-7465 does not accept "unknown callers". You would need to provide a personal phone number, address and email address if you have one on the registration form. I will add your phone number to my contact list which will enable me to receive your calls.  Unfortunately I receive many unknown phone calls daily and this precaution has become necessary.  When I have your phone number your call will be put through to me. I will also answer all voicemail messages usually on the same day or as you may request.



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.

 How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email: or telephone (815) 793-7465

 What is 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 24 hours before the retreat. Registrations may not be made later than the day before a scheduled retreat and require that you personally speak to the retreat director by telephone before making retreat arrangements and complete the registration online.

What kind of meals do you provide?

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


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

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633 Ridgebury Road

Slate Hill, NY 10973


Families For Families Retreat House

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

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