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P.O. Box 366, 3328 Franklin Avenue
Millbrook, New York 12545

Tel: P 845.677.3064, F 845.677.3134

Parish Retreat at Holy Cross Monastery

October 6, 2017 – October 9, 2017 all-day

Fall Retreat

October 6-8 at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY

Led by Br. Roy Parker, OHC

Join members of Grace Church Millbrook and other Episcopal parishes for a two night retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park NY. The retreat will be led by Brother Roy Parker, a long-time practitioner and certified teacher of Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is an ancient/new way of contemplative prayer, following the teaching of Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington and others in the deep contemplative tradition of Christian prayer. If you have longed to find peace in your heart in the midst of a turbulent world and stressful life, then this is an opportunity to find a way to practice the presence of God. If you have explored other ways of meditation, this is an opportunity to discover how finding God at the center can make a critical difference

In addition to offering instruction on prayer, there will opportunities for worship, hikes, conversation with the brothers as well as other participants, and quiet solitude. The Monastery is located on twenty-six magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River, across from Hyde Park. There will be time for exploring the building and grounds, as well as joining the monks for their daily order of worship and meals. Joining in the chanted services is optional but wonderful; and the food, prepared by a CIA graduate, is healthy and delicious. Do your soul some good during the fall foliage season. Join us for this first annual Fall Retreat.


Friday October 6; check in after 2 pm. Vespers at 5; supper at 6. A short introductory gathering will take place after supper, followed by Compline at 8 and the Great Silence from 8:30.

Saturday October 7; Matins at 7; followed by breakfast; Eucharist at 9. Instruction at 10. Midday service at noon followed by dinner, the main meal; free time in the afternoon; Vespers at 5 followed by supper. Class at 7 followed by Compline and the Great Silence.

Sunday October 8: Matins at 7; followed by breakfast (in silence) and festive Eucharist at 9. Wrap up meeting at 10:30. Leave by noon.


$210 total per room (we have reserved 3 double occupancy and 10 single occupancy). A $50 deposit is required; balance on arrival. Contact the (845-677-3064) to make a reservation.