Dear Beloved of Christ, through the grace of God, and all your efforts and prayers, starting the 5th of November 2021 the St. Mary Family Retreat House will be available for overnight family retreats (families & females).

All who wish to visit must follow these new rules and guidelines:

1. All daytime visitors & overnight retreatants (including individuals, families, and groups) MUST register online to come for a daytime visit or an overnight retreat, without exceptions.

2. All daytime visitors & overnight retreatants MUST sign the COVID-19 release electronic waiver.

3. It is highly recommended for all vaccinated and unvaccinated overnight retreatants to get a PCR COVID-19 test within 3 days before their arrival date, and if possible send their negative results to the Retreat House Email as soon they receive it.

4. The Abbey is open for daytime visitors between the hours of 4:00 am to 8:00 pm.

5. All daytime visitors (including individuals, male or female, or families) who are registered for a ”Daytime visit” MUST leave the Abbey grounds by 8:00 pm. Only individuals who are registered and staying overnight at the Abbey may remain after 8:00 pm. If 8:00 pm is too early for you, please postpone your visit till the family retreat house becomes available.

6. Female retreatants are allowed to stay for an overnight retreat at the Abbey ONLY when accompanied for the whole duration of their stay by: 1) a Priest, 2) father, 3) husband, 4) brother – only if he is 18 years of age or older, 5) son – only if he is 18 years of age or older, 6) son in law.

7. The maximum stay for any overnight retreat is two weeks. If you need to stay more than two weeks in the Monastery, you MUST obtain permission from His Grace Bishop Youssef (bishop@suscopts.org).

8. All Daytime unvaccinated visitors must be wearing a mask at all times while indoor places at the Abbey without exception.

9. Due to the limited number of rooms available in the retreat house, all retreatants may have to share rooms with each other, which will be a maximum of 4 retreatants per room.

10. Due to the limited number of rooms available in the retreat house, all visiting priests may have to share rooms with other priests, which will be a maximum of 2 priests per room.

 

If you have any questions, you can reach the retreat house at:

Email: stmarystmosesretreathouse@gmail.com

Phone / Text: 361-236-7589

Retreat Registration

Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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