Pope Francis visits St. Raphaela Mary

On January 2nd, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to pray before St. Raphaela Mary in the Handmaid's church in Rome! On the visitor's sign in, he left this comment (written originally in Spanish): "I came to give thanks to St. Raphaela Mary for all the good she did for me. The reading of her life (many times) helped me in a very difficult moment. Thank you! Francis." Pope Francis knew the Handmaids in Argentina, and through them and by reading her biography, Foundations for a Building (many times, as he says!), he came to know St. Raphaela Mary well.

St. Raphaela's shrine in the United States is here at St. Raphaela Center. It is a humble place of prayer, as she would have desired. You are welcome to come and visit the shrine of the Saint who so encouraged Pope Francis, as well as to learn more about her and her life.

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St. Raphaela Center welcomes both Individuals and Groups looking for a time of retreat. We also offer scheduled Programs, including a variety of retreats and events organized by our Center staff around different thematic and spiritually-guided formats.

For Individuals

  • Personal Days of Prayer: Choose from one of our scheduled dates or arrange for your own.
  • Overnight Retreats & Other Programs: Choose from one of our scheduled programs or make arrangements for your own private retreat.
  • Spiritual Direction: Share your journey with a trained director, either on an ongoing basis or during a retreat stay.

For Groups

We host groups of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. The following offerings are available for groups coming to the Center:

  • Partial-day, full-day, or overnight stay
  • Use of facilities and staff services
  • Collaboration of a staff member to help plan and facilitate a retreat

Scheduled Programs

We are adding new programs all the time! Some of our regular programs include:

Check back often to see all of our upcoming events, and register before space runs out!
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A warm welcome and God's loving embrace await you every day at
St. Raphaela Center - a place and a time for God.

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