Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, LA

Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat - Upcoming Events

July 29- August 3, 2016

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans


Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is pleased to offer a very special retreat, providing an opportunity to deepen the practice of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of quiet and community support.

Centering Prayer helps us let go of over-conceptualization, hyperactivity, and over-dependence on self. This means that when we experience Lectio Divina we are more open to take in the Scripture at a different level, and rely more on God. Lectio Divina reminds us that our Centering Prayer is relational, and we are entering into a deeper relation with our God, who is already deeply in love with us.

—Fr. Carl Arico

This retreat is geared to participants who have an established daily Centering Prayer or other meditative practice. Beginners are welcome with the knowledge that the retreat atmosphere will be one of profound silence and community support, in order to allow participants to deepen their reservoir of interior silence and stillness.

Join us in this beautiful countryside setting to renew your body, mind and spirit.


The retreat fee is $495, inclusive of accommodations and meals. A $200 deposit is required by June 26, 2016.

$250 commuter fee.

This retreat will begin the afternoon of Friday, July 29, 2016, with check-in from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m., and the opening presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. The retreat will conclude Wednesday, August 3 , 2016, after breakfast.

If you have any special requirements, please let us know by June 26, 2016.

For further information, please contact Maggie Dawson at or 504-837-0877.

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide organization founded and headed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Part of the mission of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., is to bring the ancient Christian practice of contemplative prayer to the modern community. It attempts to accomplish this goal primarily through the teaching of the practice of Centering Prayer.

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat - Upcoming Events

August 4-7, 2016

Join us for a Women's Ignatian Retreat from August 4-7, 2016 focused on the Ignatian Exercises. Join us and other like women for a weekend of reflection, rediscovery, and refreshment. The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. The cost is $280 for a single room and $250 for a double room.

Theme: Finding God in All Things

Encountering the Living God in our Everyday Lives

Saint Ignatius of Loyola believed that we encounter God at every moment of our existence. His Spiritual Exercises provide a means to help us to become more and more aware of the tender gaze of this ever-present God, a gentle Shepherd who longs to lead us along the sacred paths of our life.

Join author and spiritual director Robin Hebert as we journey through the Exercises and encounter this living God who invites us to follow Him with trust wherever He leads.

Robin Hebert is a pastoral counselor, spiritual director and retreat leader, and co-author of When Women Pray and When Wisdom Speaks. She serves Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church and Student Center on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette campus as marriage ministry coordinator, and offers her skills in spiritual direction by leading communities of students and parishioners in a deeper walk with God. She speaks regionally and nationally on themes of women's spirituality.

Robin is past national president of Theresians of the U.S., a global ministry for women seeking a communal faith experience and has been a member of her Open Heart community for over thirty years. She considers her involvement in community an indispensable gift and a vital source of her own spiritual growth.

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Spiritual Book Sharing

Spiritual Book Sharing - Upcoming Events

My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ

We invite you to biweekly Monday mornings that will give you a greater insight into the saints as discovered by Father Martin. This book informs and delights at the same time. Some of the many who have read the book comment about it:

“The saints are given to us as patrons and companions. James Martin tells us how they have been resources for him in every time of need….He shows us a new way of living out a devotion that is as old and universal as the church” – Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ

“With a mix of fascinating historical tidbits, deep spiritual insight and first-class storytelling, Martin has produced one of the best treatments of the saints in recent memory” John L. Allen, Jr.

Join us on the following Monday mornings at 10:00 AM for our biweekly discussion.

Sept 19, Oct 3,17, 31, Nov 14, 28

The donation of $50 included the book, facilitation and materials.

Scripture Book Sharing Fall 2016

Sister Rose Bowen, OP Day of Prayer

Sister Rose Bowen, OP Day of Prayer  - Upcoming Events

“The Francis Effect”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Looking for a Day of Prayer? We read and hear about the “Francis Effect” and its influence throughout the world. What do the teachings and even the style of this Pope say about the God he proclaims and about what that means in terms of everyday life? We will start at 9:00 AM with coffee and fellowship. The talks begin at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30 PM.

RSVP @ 225-294-5039

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center

Paula D'Arcy Silent Retreat

Paula D'Arcy Silent Retreat - Upcoming Events

September 22-25, 2016

We invite you join us on September 22-25, 2016 for a silent weekend retreat with Paula D'Arcy. Come spend the weekend taking a deeper look at the way we live our lives.

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve.

Please email Jessica Lee for registration at

Beginning Experience October 21-23, 2016

Beginning Experience October 21-23, 2016 - Upcoming Events

October 21-23, 2016

Beginning Experience Weekend
The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce, or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. This program is intended for those suffering the loss of a love relationship through death, divorce or separation who are ready to come to terms with that loss and begin to move forward with their lives. The structure of this weekend program helps grieving persons focus on their experience and emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning. The program helps deal with the natural grief process and offers an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth.

Please contact: Toni at (985) 789-8666 or Rose at (504) 455-8920.


Taize - Upcoming Events

Monday Night's

Rosaryville invites you to join us in an evening of Contemplative Prayer in the style of Taize'. The services start at 7:00 PM This is a simple and meditative Taize' worship which promotes serenity in all who take part in it. The prayer consists of music, scripture readings, and reflection . The candlelight service, beginning and ending in silence, fosters the participation of all present by focusing and deepening faith through the power of prayer. All are Welcome.

October 3, 2016
November 7, 2016
December 5, 2016
January 2, 2017
February 6, 2017
March 6, 2017

Becoming a Wounded Healer

Becoming a Wounded Healer - Upcoming Events

Father Matt Linn, SJ

November 4-6, 2016

The second half of life is to transform our wounds into the gifts of a wounded healer creating a better world for the next generation. This happens as we forgive and let go of the pain of our hurts while receiving new gifts of compassion and wisdom from our wounds to become a wounded healer. The deeper the wound, the greater is the possibility for new gifts of the Spirit. This weekend will allow time for wounds to heal where we feel we have been hurt by others, our own mistakes, and even God. We will then become gifted wounded healers. Even though Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Most people die with their music still inside them,” we will be wounded healers singing now and forever our unique life-giving song.

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in l973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, along with his partners Dennis and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages and with over a million copies in English.

$348 for a private room

$288 for a double room

$150 for commuter

Register here.

Jesus, The Face of Mercy: Rosaryville's Advent Series on Mercy

Jesus, The Face of Mercy: Rosaryville's Advent Series on Mercy - Upcoming Events

November 29, 2016 7 PM

Join us for an evening of mercy at Rosaryville on November 29, 2016 at 7 PM.

Jesus, the Face of Mercy

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (Jn 1:1) The Incarnation changed everything by opening our eyes and hearts to God’s mercy through the person and concrete acts of Jesus.

Join us for an evening of prayer and reflection as we take a closer look at:

-Mary, the Mother of Mercy

-Jesus’ Model of Mercy

-Jesus’ example of what opens us and closes us to mercy

Becky is an Ignatian trained spiritual director, writer, and retreat facilitator. In addition to offering monthly spiritual direction, she leads others through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in daily life and directs people on silent retreats. She regularly gives retreats and days of reflections for churches, schools, and ministry groups, and she gives Ignatian preached retreats as well. In addition to her 17 years of ministry experience, she holds a Master of Education from LSU, and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. She is currently writing a book on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. Becky and her husband live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and are parents of three children

Advent Prayer Service: Rosaryville's Advent Series on Mercy

Advent Prayer Service: Rosaryville's Advent Series on Mercy - Upcoming Events

December 6, 2016 7 PM

A night of prayer, singing, and waiting...

Narrated by Patti Clement

Music by Taize Musicians

Join us for a night of prayer, singing and waiting on December 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM in our Holy Rosary Chapel at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center. The prayer service will be followed with a light reception and hot chocolate.

Patti Clement is a parishioner of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA. She is a single woman who recently completed a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Creighton University in their Theology Department. She directs retreats wherever she is called, journeys with others as a Spiritual Director on an ongoing basis, and works professionally on an as needed basis as a business consultant. Patti has directed retreats in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; St. Louis, Missouri; and Grand Coteau, Louisiana; for the Office of Spiritual Formation of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and in numerous church parishes in Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas. In October 2011, she completed an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome under the direction of Fr. Joseph Tetlow, S. J., renowned author of “Choosing Christ in the World” and several other books on Ignatian Spirituality. You can learn more about Patti

Works of Mercy: Rosaryville's Advent Series on Mercy

Works of Mercy: Rosaryville's Advent Series on Mercy - Upcoming Events

December 13, 2016 7 PM

Join us for an evening of mercy at Rosaryville on December 13, 2016 at 7 PM.

Becoming aware of our actions and how God works within those actions is one way of building a strong, union and friendship with our Creator. During this Advent season we will attempt to assist you in birthing this new awareness by exploring the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; naming them, defining them, and discovering ways of incorporating them into our everyday life.

Kate Theriot is the owner of Coaching for Change, LLC, holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies, is a Board Certified Coach, a certified Spiritual Director and has 32+ years of experience in Church administration. She is a productive and meaningful coach and spiritual director who works with individuals to determine what really gets one excited and then connects one’s external world efforts to one’s inner world dreams to be the person God created each of us to be.

Preached Retreat on St. Teresa's Interior Castles

Preached Retreat on St. Teresa's Interior Castles - Upcoming Events

January 20-22, 2017

Journey through Teresa’s Interior Castles

Join us for a 3 day preached retreat led by Kate Theriot.

Using St. Teresa of Avila’s teachings in her book “Interior Castles” participants will journey through the 7 mansions of their Soul finding union with the Creator for which we all yearn.

“Prayer is not just spending time with God. It is partly that – But if it ends there, it is fruitless. No, Prayer is dynamic. Authentic Prayer changes us – unmasks us – strips us – indicates where growth is needed. Authentic prayer never leads to complacency. But needles us – makes us uneasy at times. It leads us to true self-knowledge. To true humility.” St. Teresa of Avila

Kate Theriot is the owner of Coaching for Change, LLC, holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies, is a Board Certified Coach, a certified Spiritual Director and has 32+ years of experience in Church administration. She is a productive and meaningful coach and spiritual director who works with individuals to determine what really gets one excited and then connects one’s external world efforts to one’s inner world dreams to be the person God created each of us to be.

Yoga Retreat

Yoga Retreat - Upcoming Events

October 27-29, 2017

Come and experience a weekend of prayer, joy, and fellowship! In this 2-night retreat we will practice contemplative awareness through Christian chanting, centering prayer, conscious breathing, lectio divina, body prayer, and art as prayer. Our intent for the weekend is to experience simple, non-judgmental presence and be open to the grace-filled awareness of union with the Beloved. Included in the retreat is one full day of silence which may be extended throughout the retreat, according to the desire of the retreatant. No prior experience with yoga is necessary.

Andrea "Ani" Vidrine is a spiritual director and licensed clinical social worker. She has been facilitating retreats for the last 17 years and teaching yoga for the last 18 years. Ani is the author of Jesus, Yoga, & the Way of Happiness: A Christian Yoga Daily Devotional and the audio CD Christian Yoga: A Meditative Class.

Registration for this retreat will be posted soon.

A Day of Prayer with Fr. Albert Haase, OFM

A Day of Prayer with Fr. Albert Haase, OFM - Upcoming Events

LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER: A Day of Recollection with Fr. Albert Haase, OFM

April 8, 2017

We invite all those that attend to enjoy Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm as well.

When asked for a teaching on prayer, Jesus did not respond with a method or technique. Rather, he responded with words that captured the essence of his teaching and lifestyle. Down through history, many have looked upon the Lord’s Prayer as more than simply a way to pray. Tertullian, a late 2nd century priest of the Christian community of Carthage in North Africa, referred to this prayer as a “summary of the entire Gospel.”

Based upon Fr. Albert’s bestselling book, LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER: The Way of the Disciple (InterVarsity Press), this day of recollection on Saturday, April 8, will focus on the Our Father as a way to live. With his distinctively inspirational and engaging preaching style, Fr. Albert will help deepen your appreciation and love for the prayer Jesus taught us and the life he challenges us to live.

Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Albert Haase, OFM, is a popular preacher, teacher, spiritual director and radio talk show guest. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the award-winning author of nine books on popular spirituality and the presenter on four bestselling DVDs. He has trained spiritual directors for ten years. He lives in Texas. Visit his website at

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