Silent Retreat Weekend

A contemplative retreat
for restoration and renewal

“For God alone my soul in silence waits;
truly, there is my hope.” Psalm 62:6

Join a small group from Saint James and other faith communities who long to begin the season of Lent together in silence, stillness and simplicity.

This two-day retreat allows you to take a break from the regular routine of your everyday life – to rest, renew and reconnect with the God who loves you. The weekend is very spacious, allowing you to notice and choose the ways you desire and feel called to connect with God and yourself. During the 36 hours of silence there are opportunities for daily prayer, meditation, reading, individual spiritual practices and walking along nature trails. Naps and simply resting are encouraged, too! Come and see how the God of refuge longs to care and connect with you!


Thursday, February 27 – Saturday, February 29, 2020



Monday, February 24, 2020



Mariawald Renewal Center 1094 Welsh Rd, Reading, PA 19607 The Retreat will have 36 hours of silence.



$170 per person, includes 2 nights (single or double), 6 meals and snacks.   Click here to register


Thursday – February 27, 2020
3 PM – Participants arrive for registration, check-in and tour
6 PM – Welcome dinner*
7 PM – Participants meet to discuss the retreat
8 PM – Compline

The Great Silence Begins

Friday – February 28, 2020
7 AM – Coffee
8 AM – Breakfast
9 AM – Morning Prayer (optional meditation following)
Noon – Noon prayer
12:30 PM – Lunch
5 PM – Evening Prayer (optional meditation following)
6 PM – Dinner
8 PM – Compline

Saturday – February 29, 2020
8 AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – Optional meditation
10 AM – Holy Eucharist

The Great Silence Ends

11 AM – Discussion
12:30 PM – Departing lunch

Check out by 3 PM

*While there are many options to chose from, Mariawald is not able to cater to exclusive or specialized diets and cannot guarantee that its kitchen or dining room is free from allergens such as gluten, peanuts, etc.


Fr. Rick Bauer: Fr. Rick Bauer: Associate Rector at Saint James, Rick has completed over twenty years of graduate study in world religions and spiritual practices. He has taught on the college level, in parishes and in Episcopal schools while conducting ethnographic research in Europe, East Asia, India, and the Middle East. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Duke Divinity School.

Br. David Rutledge: David is a professed Anglican Franciscan Friar in the Community of Francis and Clare. He has facilitated a variety of half-day, full-day and multi-day silent retreats for various groups in the Lancaster area and in the Diocese of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

For more information, contact Br. David Rutledge, CFC .