A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.

Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land's afflicted.


Each Advent we enter anew into the season of hope, of awaited fulfillment of God’s promise.  It is difficult to know how to hope anew each year, or possibly what to hope for.  Yet as we approach a new Advent, the Scripture that has inspired generations and nations to trust that God is involved in our history, in our story, and refuses to separate himself from us and rather enters into our story and into the struggles of God’s people – this same Scripture speaks to our moment in history, and invites us to trust further in God’s presence, in God’s dream for each person and for our world.

This Advent, let us pray with fresh hope that God will grant us hearts to perceive God’s presence in this moment of history: in the excluded who seek to be seen, in the silenced who seek to be heard, in the burdened who seek to be held in mercy by those who know the love of God.  For two thousand years ago, Love chose to be one with the excluded, the silenced, and those burdened by their history. The choice continues, as well as the hope of the promise:

There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
-Isaiah 11-


St. Raphaela Center welcomes both Individuals and Groups looking for a time of retreat. We also offer scheduled Programs, including a variety of retreats and events organized by our Center staff around different thematic and spiritually-guided formats.

For Individuals

  • Personal Days of Prayer: Choose from one of our scheduled dates or arrange for your own.
  • Overnight Retreats & Other Programs: Choose from one of our scheduled programs or make arrangements for your own private retreat.
  • Spiritual Direction: Share your journey with a trained director, either on an ongoing basis or during a retreat stay.

For Groups

We host groups of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. The following offerings are available for groups coming to the Center:

  • Partial-day, full-day, or overnight stay
  • Use of facilities and staff services
  • Collaboration of a staff member to help plan and facilitate a retreat

Scheduled Programs

We are adding new programs all the time! Some of our regular programs include:

Check back often to see all of our upcoming events, and register before space runs out!
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