Retreats 2019-2020

All are welcome to join us for a peaceful and spiritual retreat at our beautiful abbey. Offering includes accommodation and meals. Advance registration is required. Please contact our retreat office 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email

February 28 – March 1, 2020:
Lenten Retreat

Facilitator: Fr. Nicholas Morcone, OSB
Suggested Offering: $190

What about Lent? Does Lent have any meaning for you? Did it ever? This silent Lenten Retreat will offer time and space for personal prayer, reflection, reading and rest. Guests are welcome to share the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Eucharist with the monks. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available. One presentation will help to focus our thoughts and feelings concerning the observance of Lent.

April 9 – 12, 2020:
The Sacred Triduum Retreat

Facilitators: Monastic Community
Suggested Offering: $220

Join the monks of Glastonbury Abbey in celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours and the Sacred Liturgy of the Easter Triduum. Two presentations on the spirituality of the Triduum, as well as an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will provide insight for reflection and a deeper immersion into the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.

May 1-3, 2020:
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Facilitator: Louise DeSantis Deutsch, MS, Obl. OSB
Suggested Offering: $200

The title of one of Jack Kornfield’s books reminds us of both our longings for intimacy with the Divine and fulfilling our daily commitments. For many, these two goals may seem separate, compartmentalized, or even in conflict with each other. They aren’t. In fact, because we are already grace-filled, we can discern how to bring together living in the Mystery while infusing our lives with love no matter how big or small the activity. Through reflection, discussion, and practice, let’s share a weekend deepening ways to connect all we are and do as we follow our path toward wholeness.

Louise DeSantis Deutsch holds her Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University along with courses in graduate study at Columbia, Boston and Harvard Universities.

June 5 – 7, 2020:
Discerning God’s Will: The Practice of Prayerful Decision-making

Facilitator: Rev. Deborah Roy, MDiv, STM, Obl. OSB
Suggested Offering $200

We tend to make countless decisions each day without much thought, but when it comes to making life-altering decisions such as whether or not to begin or end a relationship, change careers or retire, return to school, start a family, buy a home, move to another part of the country, or even attend a new church, we yearn for God’s input. This retreat will draw upon the sixteenth-century wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola who developed a number of effective tools for “the discernment of spirits.” Using his model, we will engage in a series of discussions and exercises designed to help us sort through the challenges of modern-day decision-making and discern God’s will for our lives.

Rev. Deborah Roy is an ordained minister with standing in the United Church of Christ and Certified Spiritual Director, specializing in pastoral care, contemplative spirituality and small group ministry.

by The Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston have planned Directed Retreats to be offered with other trained directors and held at Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull Street, Hingham, MA.

We are very grateful to the monks at Glastonbury Abbey for their warm welcome and eagerness to collaborate in these directed retreats.

A Directed Retreat includes an individual, daily meeting with a director focusing on the retreatant’s experience of God and help in discerning the interior movements of the Holy Spirit during the previous day's prayer and entirety. Within an atmosphere of total silence, there is time for personal prayer, exercise, rest, and liturgy.

Wednesday, June 24 – Thursday, July 2, 2020 (8 days)
Joan Duffy, CSJ, Kathleen Short, CSJ
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ

Sunday, July 5 – Sunday, July 12, 2020 (7 days)
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Joanne Fantini, CSJ Agrégée
Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ

Tuesday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (8 days)
Nan Bouché, CSJA & to be announced

Tuesday, August 4 – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (8 days)
Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, Joan McCarthy, CSJ
Gail O’Donnell, RSCJ

Friday, August 14 – Saturday, August 22, 2020 (8 days)
Joan Duffy, CSJ, Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ
Joan McCarthy, CSJ

SILENCE: To enhance attentiveness to God’s still voice, a reverent silence is maintained at all types of retreats, including during meals. Background music is played at lunch and dinner.

COST OF DIRECTED RETREATS: 7 days ~ $630; 8 days ~ $720
(prices subject to change if necessary)
A $150 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, applicable to the total cost, is required to reserve a room.

For more details & to receive an application, please e-mail or call 781-227-4730