Retreats

“Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and rest for a while.”
Mark 6:31

As with the apostles, Jesus knows that our lives are busy. But our God is the God of rest. He generously gives us the sabbath every week. He assures us that “In returning and rest you shall be saved.” (Isaiah 30:15) And he beckons us: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Throughout the Scriptures the Lord is inviting us, even cajoling us, to rest. Through continual renewal we are able to live our daily lives with energy and joy. In the Gospels we see Jesus regularly slipping away to spend time alone with his Father. If Jesus needed this time of renewal, how much more do we need it! In rest we are restored and we are reminded that God is the one in control. By ceasing our activity we are able to witness how our loving Father “pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.” (Psalm 127:2)

Monasteries are places where the divine rhythm of work, prayer, and rest resonates with the heart in such a way that the human person is realigned and renewed. In this gentle rhythm we can hear the Father calling our name and reminding us who we are, reminding us that we are loved beyond imagining. 

We invite you to come spend some time with God. We have 6 guest rooms where you can stay and participate in the monastic schedule. Please contact Sr. CC about our availability. 

monastery@hawaiibenedictines.org

 

GUIDELINES FOR GUESTS

 Aloha and welcome! Because we know you are here to seek the Lord in quiet and serenity, we pray that your stay with us will be both prayerful and restful. We are truly happy to share a bit of our life with you.

1. PRAYER: You will find a copy of our daily schedule in your room. You are expected to join the community for prayers (see schedule). The morning Mass schedule changes, especially on weekends, so check with one of us.

*RECEPTION OF COMMUNION: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops teaches that reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with the Roman Catholic Church would imply a oneness which does not yet exist and for which we all pray. Therefore, we request that non-Catholics refrain from receiving communion at Mass. However, we encourage you to go up to the priest distributing the Host, with your arms crossed over your heart, and receive a blessing. Likewise, Catholics are reminded to receive communion in a state of Grace. If you are aware of any unconfessed mortal sins, the Church asks that you receive the healing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving Communion.

2. MUSIC: The Liturgy of the Hours is chanted back and forth from one side of the chapel to the other. It is sung in unison with some softening on the end of each line. The morning Benedictus and the evening Magnificat are located on a plastic card in your psalm books.

3. ATTIRE: We ask that you observe proper chapel and monastery attire. When we come together in chapel, men should wear trousers or walking shorts to the knee; women should wear modest blouses , and skirts or slacks. Short shorts or other revealing attire are not to be worn at the monastery at any time. Since the Angelus is prayed outside at noon, you will need to change to chapel attire.

4. MEALS: You are expected to join the community for morning and evening meals. Lunch is "pick-up" in the kitchen. While we fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, there will be food available for guests. If you are personally fasting on days other than community fast days, we do expect you to join us at the evening meal for fellowship; you do not have to eat.

5. DONATIONS: The suggested donation is $50 per person per day (for one individual, or for two individuals sharing a room), and $80 per day for couples. If you would like to have Spiritual Direction, you may add an additional donation. If you need transportation to and from the airport, please add $20 one way. Please leave your payment with Sr. CC.

6. BOOKSTORE: Please feel free to browse in our bookstore located in the pavilion. If you wish to purchase anything, please speak to one of the community members.

7. ROOMS: If you need anything not provided, please let the Guest Receptionist know. It is advisable that you take your flashlight with you in the evening. When leaving your room, please turn off the lights and close your windows and louvers (at least part way) if it looks like it might rain. An umbrella is provided for your use. No smoking, drugs, or alcohol are permitted.

8. LEAVING: As a final courtesy, please bundle your bed linens and towels and leave them on the bathroom floor. Please also close all windows and louvers. We invite you to offer a prayer for the next guest who will use the room.

May your time with us be one of peace and grace. We are delighted to have you share in our monastic rhythm of life and in the beauty of this place that God has provided. Mahalo.