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

A Handmade, Handpieced Heirloom Quilt named
"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)
Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
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A Weekend Retreat:

At Play in Creation: The Spirituality of Thomas Merton
Stephen Coffey, OSB
7:00pm Friday, September 8 to 1:30pm Sunday, September 10

Our retreat will focus on the period of Thomas Merton’s life when he encountered Sophia, Holy Wisdom, in the depths of his heart. This led him to an intense study of the Russian mystical writers. This in turn formed the backdrop of his remarkable prose poem Hagia Sophia. We will learn to appreciate what Merton has to say in this profound work as well as in related works from this fruitful time in his life as he discovers Wisdom at play in creation.
Cost: per person/shared $245($230 if paid in full by August 18);
single room $340 ($325 if paid in full by August 18)
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To register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 ext 234 or email Marlene.

Announcing our Annual Fundraising Event:

At the Table
"At the Table"
An Elegant Evening of Fine Wines, Wine Education & Food Pairings!
Saturday, September 23, 2017   5:00 to 10:00pm
Experience an elegant dining experience with fine wines and education on pairing them to the perfect foods. Join in multiple silent auctions and an opportunity drawing for a beautiful, handmade quilt. Beautiful music will also be a special part of this evening.
Cost: Before Friday, September 1st: $125 per individual;
After Friday, September 1st: $150 per individual.
Buy a table ~ Bring your friends!
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A Beautiful, Handmade, Handpieced Heirloom Quilt
Created with love by the MJRC Quilt class!
Early pilgrims on spiritual journeys were guided by stars & dreams. The Camino to Santiago de Compostela is a famous pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St James in northern Spain. Early pilgrims traveled by night and were guided by the Milky Way and so the famous route became known as Compostela: The Way of the Stars. A spiritual journey has its own stars, events and people who guide us and show us the Way. Now we have GPS and Siri but we are still pilgrims seeking. This quilt is a blanket of stars, each individual and unique, yet united by fabrics and colors. It is a reminder of the "countless pilgrims that have trod this ground, ascended the same hills, crossed the same rivers, braced the same elements, sat down when the days walk was done beneath the same stars and listened to the same
stories” Mullen, Robert, Call of the Camino. The teal in the quilt reminds us of the dawn or twilight sky, the vibrant greens are new life & growing things and purple is always a touch of the mystical hidden in the fabric of our everyday lives. We find grace in ordinary places - the friends who sat and sewed the quilt, the ones who will sleep under and maybe dream of their own Compostela, a way of the stars. 
Our Opportunity Drawing will be held at
“At the Table” Saturday, September 23, 2017.
1st Prize is $500 Cash; 
2nd Prize is Winner’s Choice of a Weekend Retreat for Two
or “Suite” Retreat for Two.
Choose a weekend sponsored retreat for 2, or 4 nights during the week in a suite, or 2 nights on the weekend in a suite at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center. (Based on availability - Value up to $300)
Purchase Tickets for $5.00 each; 5 for $20.00  or 15 for $50.00
Printable pdf Ticket sheet
Click here for purchase online

Click here for a list of all future retreats & events

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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