By embracing the Christian Contemplative Tradition, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center seeks to affirm the oneness of all Christians and to transcend our outward differences by joining together in silent prayer.  Our purpose is to provide a space where Christians can meet, share and pray together in the unity of the contemplative tradition.


The Christian Contemplative tradition emerges from the teachings of Jesus and is rooted in Old Testament Scripture as a still presence to God.  Christian Contemplative Prayer practice leads to an ever-deepening relationship with God that manifests itself by living out the values and teachings of the Gospel as a natural way of following Christ.  Silent Prayer opens us to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit that promotes relationship and care for others and an ever deepening love of God.  Christian Contemplative Prayer methods were first formally practiced and taught in the 4th Century A.D. by the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt, Palestine and Syria. These methods have representatives in every age through Christian monastics and mystics including St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Meister Eckhart, and English mystics of the 14th Century such as the author of The Cloud of Unknowing and Julian of Norwich, the Carmelites St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux and many others.  The Christian Contemplative Tradition has been represented in modern times by the likes of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, John Main, Richard Rohr and others. Holy Family is embracing the Christian Contemplative Tradition to provide a common ground for Christian unity and as a way of being in solidarity with the contemplative dimension of other sacred traditions.


As it embraces the Christian Contemplative Tradition, Holy Family is informed by the principles, prayer practices and teachings of Contemplative Outreach, LTD. founded by Thomas Keating in 1984 which include the methods of Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and Welcoming Prayer among others.  Holy Family intends to offer workshops and retreats on the insights, teachings and methods of Contemplative Outreach as well as various classical and modern Christian spiritual masters.


The Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family has six facets which are offered to support growth in the spiritual life:

Contemplative Prayer Group

This group focuses on Welcoming Prayer, Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina and meets on the first and third Thursday of the month to share in an evening of prayer, teaching and dialogue. Learn more about our Contemplative Prayer Group.


Annual Day of Reflection

This enriching day of Contemplative Retreat, Prayer, Teaching and Community promotes going deeper into Contemplative union with God and with one another. Learn more about our Annual Day of Reflection.

Introductory Workshops

Our introductory workshops are open to all interested in Contemplative Prayer and will introduce everyone to the variety of practices. No prior knowledge or experience of Contemplative Prayer is required. Learn more about our Introductory Workshops.


Contemplative Enrichment Days

This extraordinary program provides a day of immersion experience of Contemplative Prayer and Community along with teaching and small group sharing led by the best qualified and experienced Christian Contemplative teachers and leaders from around the country. Learn more about our Contemplative Enrichment Days.

Weekend Retreats and Intensives

Weekend Retreats and intensives provide an opportunity for extended time in silent practice under the guidance of a master teacher and with the support of a community of practitioners. Learn more about our Weekend retreat and Intensives.


Living Flame Formation (Fall 2018)

Designed to teach the vital conceptual background needed to support a faithful practice of Centering Prayer, this program includes seven full-day Saturday sessions offering in-depth spiritual study presented by commissioned presenters from across the country. Learn more about the Living Flame Formation.