Fall 2017
Program Guide

June - December

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Información sobre cualquier retiro está disponible en español contactando
Marlene Velázquez al 310.377.4867 x234 o por correo electrónico a Email
Grand Prize for our
Opportunity Drawing at
the Annual Fundraiser
"At the Table"
September 23, 2017
Handmade, Handpieced Heirloom Quilt
"Compostela ~ Way of the Stars"
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Our Mission

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through sponsored programs and hospitality, the retreat center creates opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to these sacred grounds. These are the retreats and events created by the Center and listed in Our Program Guide. See these events on the following pages Day Retreats, Weekend Retreats, Long Retreats & Special Programs

Our hosted program invites outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate, 12-Step, or other event at our center. For information about our facilities go here ~ Our Center.
For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email to Sydne

A Day Retreat:

Poetry to Nuture Spirituality, Stir Imagination & Lift Spirits       
Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC
with David Lara, Sue Spies & John Flaherty
Thursday, August 24,  7:00 to 9:00pm
Enjoy a grace-filled evening of poetry, music and conversation to nurture & sustain our journey of faith-our spirituality. Relax in a joy filled atmosphere of laughter, food and festivity. Co-Sponsored by Catholic Collective
Cost: $20 ($15 if paid in full by August 18)
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A Weekend Retreat:

Stories of God ~ Stories of You                
Laurence Gallagher, CSsR

7:00pm Friday, August 4 to 1:30pm Sunday, August 6

Everyone loves a good story!  A good story draws us in and connects us into our own deeper story. "We need to look hard at the stories we tell, & wrestle with them like clay. It is in the retelling and returning that they give us their wisdom" Marni Gillard. Our spiritual roots as Christians are steeped in a rich heritage of storytelling. Through the median of parables Jesus used language and imagery that everyone could relate to. They are not merely Gods stories. They become our stories too, when we make them our own! I warmly invite you to journey with me through the treasure of some of these parables inviting us ever deeper into the sacredness of our own personal story!
Cost: per person/shared $250 ($235 if paid in full by July 14);
single room $345 ($330 if paid in full by July 14)
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Laurence Gallagher

An Extended Retreat:

8-Day Silent, Guided Directed Retreat                       
Finding our Way ‘To, With and In’ Christ
6:30pm Sunday, August 6 to 1:30pm Sunday, August 13, 2017
Retreat Directors: Jeanne Fallon, CSJ; *Teresa Groth, DMJ; Charles Jackson, SJ; *Eduardo Samaniego, SJ; Paulette Cerutti, MA

Finding our Way to, with and in Christ is the 2017 theme for our annual 8-Day Guided Directed Retreat. This traditional, silent retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It provides time for spiritual reflection, solitude and prayer, inviting retreatants to be attentive to the inner movements of the Holy Spirit. Prayer focuses on scripture and personal life experience. The schedule includes a Scripture-based conference each morning, individual direction (a daily meeting with a retreat director), celebration of daily Eucharist, optional evening prayer activities and Reconciliation service.
*Individual direction available in English & Spanish.
Cost: per person/shared $845 ($820 if paid in full before July 21)
single room $950 ($925 if paid in full before July 21)
To register contact Marlene Velazquez at 310.377.4867 x234 or by email. 

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Labyrinth Bonaventure now open
~ Come and See!
Our 11-circuit Chartes style Labyrinth is located in a lovely, quiet, outdoor setting conducive to meditation and reflection. Walking a Labyrinth can lead to inner stillness; and a means to open ourselves to God’s presence. The path of the Labyrinth is a metaphor for the path of our life and situations confronting us. Instruction sheets are available at the entrance. Labyrinth Team Facilitators are available to lead walks with a reservation. While the Labyrinth is open for all to use, we suggest groups call ahead to the Center to confirm availability. Donations are used for maintenance of the Labyrinth.  

labyrinth bonaventure

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