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Reflect Renew Retreat 2016–2017 Season

Retreats at Holy Family When you walk through our doors, the outside world retreats; peace and tranquility abide. Our Passionist hospitality calls you to reflect, renew and rediscover the grace of God in your life. Holy Family sits on a hill in the midst of 48 secluded acres. Deer graze on our back lawn. Walking trails wind through the woods. Inside, home-cooked meals and freshly baked cookies await our guests. We look forward to welcoming you.

Why Retreat? Retreats at Holy Family have much to offer: • time for quiet, rest, and spiritual growth • meaningful discussions • inspiring music

• powerful presentations • Mass and Sacraments • thought-provoking workshops

What do you do on Retreat? Retreats at Holy Family are comprised of conferences, workshops, prayer services and free time. We encourage you to attend those activities which interest you and plan your time accordingly. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You will arrive as a stranger and leave as family. • Unless you request a roommate, you will be assigned a private room. Our accommodations are simple and impeccably clean. • Retreats begin with a buffet dinner on Friday night (6:00–7:30 p.m.).


• Retreats conclude on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. after brunch. • All meals, bed linens and towels are provided. • Dress is casual and comfortable. • A deposit of $100 holds your reservation.

We are pleased to announce our theme for the 2016-2017 retreat season: The Light of Simplicity. Join Holy Family’s retreat team for a weekend of peace and reflection in an exploration of simplicity. In an age of stress, distraction and technology, we sometimes overlook the simple and transformative message at the heart of Jesus’ teaching. Discover how simplicity can shine a light on what is really essential and important in our lives. We’ll explore what it means to live a simple life so that we can discover true freedom and joy. Be renewed and inspired by the paradox of simplicity and the gift of faith.

2 0 1 6 – 2 0 1 7 Men


Offering: $315*

Offering: $315*

2016 September 23-25 November 4-6

2016 September 30October 2

2017 January 13-15 January 20-22 February 3-5 February 17-19 February 24-26 March 10-12 March 17-19 March 24-26 March 31-April 2 April 7-9 May 5-7 June 9-11

2017 January 6-8 January 27-29 March 3-5 April 21-23 June 2-4

Couples Offering: $650 (includes Valentine’s Gourmet Dinner) February 10-12, 2017

Young Adults Offering: $150 September 30October 2, 2016

R E T R E AT S College Students Offering: $75 February 10-12, 2017

Teens FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Offering: $175 June 16-18, 2017

Holy Week Triduum Retreat

Matt Talbot FOR MEN IN RECOVERY Offering: $250 December 2-4, 2016 December 9-11, 2016 May 19-21, 2017 FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY Offering: $185 November 18-20, 2016

FOR MEN AND WOMEN Offering: $325 with Saturday dinner & Easter Vigil. April 13-15, 2017

*Actual cost: $450 – The actual expense to Holy Family for hosting one person on a weekend retreat. This cost includes items such as Holy Family’s housekeeping, salaries, utilities, insurance, etc. We are deeply grateful for your generous support, to offset our costs to subsidize our retreat efforts.

More if you can, less if you can’t.


Our Retreat Team Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P., is the Retreat Director at Holy Family. He holds both Master of Divinity and Master of Liturgical Theology degrees from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Fr. David entered the Passionist Community in 1989 and has been a chaplain and music educator on the college level for 30 years.

Dr. Brandon Nappi is Holy Family’s Associate Retreat Director. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Theology and Medieval Studies. Brandon’s work has included prison ministry, adult education, teaching meditation and mindfulness, and music ministry. He completed a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

Bill Walsh joined Holy Family full-time as Associate Retreat Director in 2013 after many years of service in retreat ministry. Bill began working at Holy Family in 1991 as the first lay member of the retreat team and remained for seven seasons. Bill then worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Simsbury for eight years and coordinated the Safe Environment Program for the Passionists’ Eastern Province.

Young Adult Retreat The Light of Simplicity September 30-October 2, 2016 We invite men and women between the ages of 22-35 to attend this special themed weekend retreat. We will explore our theme, The Light of Simplicity, through the lens of young adulthood and its many challenges and joys. The retreat includes: dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, inspirational liturgies, original music, free time to rest and walk the labyrinth, and workshops. The retreat begins with dinner from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon.

College Retreat The Light of Simplicity February 10-12, 2017 The pace of college can often leave students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space. On this weekend retreat for college students, we explore the retreat season theme and offer a variety of workshops to strengthen faith through learning and small group discussion. The retreat is centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. The retreat begins on Friday evening with a buffet dinner from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon.


Sr. Elaine Betoncourt, C.S.J., is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Her educational background includes degrees in Theology and Latin, and courses in spiritual direction. A teacher for many years, Sr. Elaine also served as pastoral associate in four CT parishes and in Appalachia. Within her community she was director of vocations and novices and a member of the provincial leadership team. Near and dear to her heart is working for the care of the earth and the poor of our world. Liza Peters has been the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Holy Family since 2011. Prior to joining the retreat team, she spent four years as the Director of Religious Education in Dayton, Ohio. Liza also lived in community and worked at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House in South Bend, IN. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in West Hartford with her husband, Ben and four children.

Passionists Assisting on Retreats Holy Family is blessed by the presence of a dynamic community of Passionist priests and brothers who support retreatants and make this ministry possible. Passionists in retreat ministry include: Fr. Terry Kristofak, C.P., Br. Michael Moran, C.P., Fr. Gregory Paul, C.P., and

Fr. John Baptist Pesce, C.P.

Youth Retreats Holy Family’s Youth Retreats provide our kids an opportunity to grow spiritually and deepen their understanding of our Catholic faith. Grounded in catechesis, these retreats also expand the youth’s experience of prayer. Cooperation experiences and small-group faith discussions add fun and a sense of community to the retreats. Our youth ministry programs will help your parish or school communicate the joy of faith and the beauty of a lifelong journey with God.

Teen Retreat June 16–18, 2017 This two-night retreat offers interested teens of high school age opportunities for growth in personal faith, community building and leadership training. The retreat provides a sacred and restful atmosphere to support teens in the understanding of their Catholic faith. It encourages teens to share their gifts and talents with their parishes and to be leaders in sharing their faith with others. The retreat begins on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and concludes with a family Mass on Sunday which begins at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will follow.

Youth Day Programs and Sunday Evenings For a schedule and more information about our Youth day programs and Sunday evenings, contact the youth ministry office at 860.760.9712 or visit our website at



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Gift Shop Come in and browse through our collection of inspirational books, unique handcrafted items, greeting cards, and fairly-traded gifts. Open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and some weekends. Call 860.760.9734 for additional hours or information.

Mass Cards Whether you wish to have prayers said for someone who has died, someone who is ill, or someone who is celebrating a birthday or anniversary, Mass cards are an excellent way to show you care. All offerings made to the Mass card office support our retreat ministry, which welcomes men, women, youth and those in recovery. Orders can be placed through our office at 860.521.6709, or order online:

Music Ministry Over time, Holy Family has become a respected center for liturgical music throughout the region. The Holy Family Choir, Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir, and Chamber Choir consist of nearly 100 singers and musicians who, by their love and passion for sacred music, have become extended members of the Passionist family. This entire group ministers at Advent and Easter concerts that prayerfully celebrate the joy of these sacred seasons.


Choose our beautiful facility for your family or corporate event. Our Facility Known throughout the Northeast for its peaceful setting and gracious hospitality, Holy Family has long been a favored destination of retreatants and those seeking to hold a special event. Comfortable and immaculate quarters and delicious, creative meals prepared by our executive chef contribute to a relaxing and satisfying stay. • Meeting rooms for groups from 6 to 250 people • Two beautifully appointed chapels • Newly renovated dining room • Suites with bathrooms available

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210 beds, 164 single rooms Customized menus Wireless Internet Music services


Our campus is open to the public for year-round enjoyment. • 48 acres of walking trails, specimen trees, gardens, and fields • Labyrinth • Grotto • Outdoor Stations of the Cross • Koi fish pond • Rosary Paintings


Who’s Your PlusOne?

PlusOne is a way for you to share your experience of Holy Family with other people in your life. We simply ask that any time you visit our campus or attend a program, you bring one new person. By introducing new people to Holy Family, you help to sustain our thriving ministry. 10

Your Retreat Registration Please mail your completed registration form with payment to: Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center 303 Tunxis Road • West Hartford, CT 06107 Or register online at NAME ________________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________________________________ CITY ______________________________________________________________

STATE ________ ZIP ________

PHONE ________________________________________ E-MAIL ________________________________________ PARISH AND TOWN _____________________________________________________________________________ DATE OF RETREAT ___________________

BIRTH YEAR _______ OCCUPANCY: ___Single ___Double

If Double, roommate: ___________________________________________________________________________

■ Enclosed is my $100 deposit ■ Enclosed is my full payment ■ Day to Breathe (Cost: $75) Please consider an additional donation Our actual cost for hosting one person on a weekend retreat is $450. Our suggested additional donation is $135 — the difference between $315 (what we charge) and $450 (our actual cost). Additional donation: $ _____________________ More if you can, less if you can’t. Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express accepted CREDIT CARD TYPE ________________ NAME ON CARD ________________________________________________________ NUMBER ________________________________________________________________________

EXP. DATE ______________

SIGNATURE _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact us: 860.760.9705 • Find Holy Family on

A Day to Breathe Have you ever felt that you needed just one extra day of retreat? Extend your weekend retreat experience by arriving a day early—on Thursday night after dinner. On Friday, you can sleep in, get a massage, have a nutritious breakfast and lunch, take a quiet walk, and catch up on some rest before the inspiring weekend retreat begins. Holy Family offers several wellness, relaxation, and healing therapies to care for you in mind, body, and spirit. Arrival is after dinner on Thursday night, between 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the cost is $75. Massage and other healing therapies are available at an additional cost.


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