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Mount St Francis
Retreat Centre

Types of Retreats

Regular Silent Retreats
All our regular weekend retreats (and our two-day midweek retreats) are organized through the generous service of Captains who volunteer to register Retreatants. Reservations for these retreats are made with any of the Captains whose names, phone numbers, and email addresses appear inside this brochure. Your registration with the Captain is your confirmation. To cancel, please contact the Captain immediately. These retreats begin with check-in on Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with supper at 7:00 pm. Silence begins with the first session after supper on the theme of the retreat. There are five sessions over the course of the retreat and an opportunity to meet individually with a member of the Retreat Team, if you wish. Eucharist is celebrated each day. Retreats conclude with lunch.

Midweek Twilight Retreats (Evenings)

Various groups (church and other) are welcome to arrange for a meditative evening (6:00 9:00 pm). Registration is at 6:00 pm with supper at 6:30 pm. Our program consists of a reflective talk given after supper, followed by silent meditation and a closing reflection. You are welcome to book a date and bring your own facilitator and/or program if you so wish. To book, contact the retreat centre.

A Day Away Retreat

This retreat begins with a prayer reflection and includes the celebration of the Eucharist, home cooked lunch, private room (optional) and quiet time. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The dates for these days are Wednesdays, October 16, November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13.

Individual Silent Retreats

The Mount is also available midweek for individuals who seek a time of silent reflection and prayer. If you desire an appointment with a retreat team member, please book prior to your stay.

Week Long Retreats 2020

For those who wish a longer time for prayer and reflection in our peace-filled, pastoral setting, each summer the Mount hosts two longer retreats. A 6-day preached retreat is scheduled for June 15-21, 2020; this retreat begins on Monday with supper. A 7-day directed retreat is scheduled for July 19-26, 2020; this retreat begins on Sunday with supper. Both retreats conclude Sunday with brunch. If assistance is required for transportation, please contact the retreat centre.


The Friar Paul Surette Hermitage is available for day and overnight use. It is a rustic log cabin equipped with a wood stove for heat, a bed, table, and chair. The hermitage has no electricity or running water, an outhouse is available nearby. The hermitage is a wonderful place for those desiring solitude and a very quiet prayerful experience at Mount St. Francis.


To book for regular silent retreats, please register with one of the captains listed in the brochure for the retreat you wish to attend. For any of the other retreats, phone the office at 403-932-2012 or email mtfrancis@shaw.ca. If assistance is required for transportation, please contact the retreat centre.