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Spiritual Development for Adults

Spiritual Development for Adults

The New York metropolitan and Long Island areas offer some amazing resources for those looking to attend to their spiritual life.  The administration at St. Francis Preparatory is committed to the long-term professional and spiritual development of the faculty and staff.  Besides yearly days of reflection, departmental retreats, prayer services, and liturgies organized by the school personnel, St. Francis provides financial assistance to faculty and staff members interested in attending retreats offered by local retreat houses.

Below is a list of retreat houses for interested faculty and staff members to use for their spiritual development.  Use the websites below for a listing of current program and retreat offerings or talk to a member of the Campus Ministry staff for more information.  All requests for financial support subject to administrative approval.  

Cormaria Retreat

P.O. Box 1993, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, 631.725.4206

Administered by: Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

General information:  open to people of all faiths; located on (18) acres fronting on Sag Harbor; private and double, air-conditioned rooms available.

Programs offerings: Mornings of Prayer, first Wednesday of the Month, weekend thematic retreats (Mother-Daughter retreat, Passion for Life – Exploring mid-life, Holy Week retreat).  NOTE: A small building called the Hermitage is available with kitchen to prepare your own meals for private recreation and solitude.

Reservations: Call Sister Ann Marino, R.S.H.M. 631.725.4205; deposit required.

Camp Alvernia

105 Prospect Road, P.O. Box 301, Centerport, NY 11721, 631.2615730 Fax 631.754.4204

Administered by: Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn

General information: approximately 1 hours from school; located on (20) waterfront and wooded acres on Centerport Harbor; large group overnight accommodations are suited for youth (bunk-beds and central showers and bathrooms).  

Program offerings: Mount Alvernia offers two good facilities for adults: 1. A day facility for smaller groups (max. 20 adults), including meeting room, break out space, and use of the beach and woods; and 2. The Hermitage – a comfortable cabin in a quiet spot overlooking the harbor and Long Island Sound for a person or two to have a day, or few days, of restful prayer.

The Hermitage – recommended donation $50 one person

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center -

299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562, 914.941.4455

Administered by: Dominican Sisters of Hope

General information: located in Ossining, approximately 50 minutes from school.  This Retreat Center offers a plethora of spiritual programs and wellness services.

Program offerings: Spiritual Spa Days, evening prayers, weekend retreats (Nurturing Our Bodies, Celebrating Our Lives, Twelve Step Spirituality, Support for the therapists, social workers, Freeing the Mother in Us, DeMello Awareness Retreat, Holy Week Triduum, etc.).  NOTE: Conference Center is available for group to use for spiritual and educational programs.

TaborRetreatCenter /

60 Anchor Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572, 516.536.3004 Fax 516.536.0214

Administered & staffed by: Members of different religious congregations

General information: located on the park-like grounds of St. Anthony’s Parish in Oceanside, approximately 30 minutes from school.  Long beach is just 10 minutes drive from the retreat center.

Services offered: Individual spiritual direction

Program offerings: directed retreats; 19th Annotation retreats; days & evenings of prayer, works