St. Raphaela Center offers a variety of programs, which are scheduled retreats and events organized by our staff around various thematic and spiritually-guided formats.

Centering Prayer

Centering prayer is a way of opening the mind and heart beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It can help us to receive the gift of experiencing God, who we know by faith dwells within us. If you are looking to cultivate a deeper relationship with God, give centering prayer a try. It just might be the practice that adds the depth and meaning you seek in your prayer life. ...more

Handmaid Feast Day

Join our community of faith as we celebrate our devotion to the loving Heart of Jesus! Our chapel, surrounded by the beauty of God's creation, is the perfect setting for this celebration of God's incredible outpouring of love to us in the gift of the Eucharist. Following the liturgy, refreshments are served, and a reflection is offered for an opportunity to share our faith together. Come to grow in your relationship with God and with others! ...more

Focusing Sessions

Looking for relief from anxiety, fear, or tension? Try a focusing session with Sister Julie Grey, OP. She will guide you through this process of listening to your body in a gentle, accepting way and hearing the messages that your inner self is sending you. It’s a process of honoring the wisdom that you have inside you, becoming aware of the subtle level of knowing that speaks to you through your body. The results of listening to your body are insight, physical release, and positive life change. ...more

Taizé Prayer with Adoration

Come to join us for a monthly Taizé prayer, including Eucharistic Adoration that will extend through the night.  Taizé is a contemplative communal prayer that consists of repeated, sung refrains, a Scripture reading, and times of silence. Adoration will continue throughout the night. ...more


Private Retreat Days

Unable to get away for a weeklong retreat? A day might be just what you need to tap back into the Love that sustains us and find renewed energy to return to the activity of your life. This day away will allow you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Center, including our beautiful grounds and the heart of our home: our Chapel, where you can spend some time in adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist. ...more

Shawl Ministry

Join this group of women that gathers monthly to offer a response of comfort to those who might need it. This group is open to both beginning and experienced knitters. Enjoy both the sense of community offered by the group and the ministry of prayer this activity offers. ...more


Silent Directed Retreats

Several times throughout the year, St. Raphaela Center offers several weekend and weeklong Ignatian retreats directed by the Center staff and visiting directors. This is a wonderful opportunity to take some time just for you and God in an atmosphere of peace, serenity, and beauty. Come away to connect with the Creator and renew your spirit. ...more

Women's Weekends

Take a weekend away to nurture your relationship with God. Enjoy this privileged time and space along with other women seeking to grow in their spiritual journey. Our experienced facilitators will provide you with food for your prayer, guiding you as you retreat with our God of abundant love. Come experience what so many women return for year after year! ...more

Special Programs

Periodically throughout the year, we offer various programs and workshops centered around a particular theme to assist people in their spiritual journey. Some of the special programs we have offered in the past include:

  • Centering Prayer for Beginners
  • Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat
  • Book Club
  • Discernment Programs
  • Awareness Programs 

Have an idea for a special program? Contact us, and let us know! Check back often to stay up-to-date on our current offerings. To make sure you never miss the latest happenings at the Center, subscribe to our monthly e-Newsletter.