Nazareth Retreat Center stands in the long tradition of the ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Housed on the Nazareth Campus near Bardstown, Kentucky, the Nazareth Retreat Center offers opportunities for spiritual reflection in a holistic approach which reverences the human spirit and all of creation.
Ministries for the Human Journey
The Labyrinth: A Sacred Path for Pilgrims
Walking the Labyrinth: Starting early in the first Century Christians made regular pilgrimages to the Holy Land with the desire to grow spiritually closer to Jesus. Eager to pray at the sites of Christ’s ministry, pilgrims walked hundreds of miles, praying and singing on the way. During the Middle Ages, this practice became impossible because of wars. To respond to the spiritual needs of the people many churches in France, England and Germany built labyrinths to enable pilgrims to make symbolic journeys to the “Holy Land”, striving to unite themselves in spirit with Christ.
Hermitages at Nazareth Retreat Center
A place apart, a hermitage provides solitude for prayer and reflection. It is a place where one can just be, following no time schedule. It provides an atmosphere for prayer and reflection. Nazareth Retreat Center has two hermitages on its grounds. Both are in a wooded part of the campus. Vincent Cottage is a two bedroom hermitage with a living/dining area, kitchen and screened-in porch. It overlooks a small lake called “Peter’s Puddle”. Casa Maria is a single occupancy A-frame with a single bed, living /eating area and kitchen. It is surrounded by trees and is home to a variety of birds and flowers.
Carol McKean, SCN
Most recently, Carol’s ministry was as Director of Camp Maria Retreat Center in Leonardtown, MD where she served for 10 ½ years. Collaborating with SCNs, board members,
- Providing on-going programs for abused women
- Creating a leadership program for poor persons in the Hispanic community of the Washington, DC area
- Providing adult education programs with local parishes
Carol holds an MA in Education and participated in Retreat International for 10 years. She has served on a number of committees of the SCN Congregation through the years.
In the position as associate director of Nazareth Retreat Center, Carol looks forward to helping with offering opportunities for people to get in touch with themselves and God – to become their best selves.
Nazareth Retreat Center
PO Box 7
Nazareth, KY 40048