Abbey Year-End Retreat

December 29-31, 2017     

Examining our Spiritual Toolbox:

A Look Back and a Look Forward

Presented by Father Joseph Feders, OSB

In his Rule, Saint Benedict concludes chapter 4, “The Tools for Good Works,” saying:

These, then, are the tools of the spiritual craft. When we have used them without ceasing day and night and have returned them on judgment day, our wages will be the reward the Lord has promised: What the eye has not seen nor the ear heard, God has prepared for those who love him [1 Corinthians 2:9].

The tools Benedict describes are not ends in themselves but rather helpful ways to foster and nurture our search for God.

During these retreat days, we will focus on a number of these spiritual practices and examine how they have helped us discern God’s movement in our lives in the past, and how they may enhance our search for God in the future.  The weekend schedule includes prayer with the monastic community, time for private reflection, and opportunities to explore the beauty of the campus and the abbey arboretum.

Registration Information

Option 1           29-31 December 2017 (2 days)

The retreat begins with supper at 5:30 P.M. on Friday and concludes after lunch on Sunday at 1:00 P.M.  

Cost: Single room, $195; double room, $340 ($170 per person); retreat conferences and meals included. 

Option 2          29 December 2017 – 1 January 2018 (3 days)

Ring in the New Year in Collegeville and stay through lunch on Monday.

Cost: Single room, $250; double room, $440 ($220 per person); retreat conferences and meals included.

To register for this retreat, contact the Spiritual Life Office at 320-363-3929, email us at, or register online.

Further Ahead

February 9-11, 2018    Married Couples Retreat with Bernadette and Ed Dunn   

March 2-4, 2018          Lenten Retreat    with Fr. Bob Koopmann, OSB

Mar 29-Apr 1, 2018     Triduum Retreat   with Br. Robin Pierzina, OSB 

December 7-9, 2018   Advent Retreat     with Fr. Nick Kleespie, OSB


Father Joseph Feders, OSB

Father Joseph Feders, OSB, is the director of the Spiritual Life Program at the Abbey Guesthouse.