…to Nazareth Retreat Center. We stand in the long tradition of the ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Housed on historic grounds near Bardstown, Kentucky, Nazareth Retreat Center offers opportunities to all people for spiritual reflection in a holistic approach which reverences the human spirit and all of creation.

Announcements & Retreat Offerings

In addition to our sponsored offerings below, Nazareth Retreat Center welcomes individuals, groups, and organizations to host retreats on our grounds. Amenities available to you include overnight accommodations, large and small meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, meal service, free wi-fi, and a fitness center. In addition, a licensed massage therapist and certified spiritual directors are available for reservation. To learn more about Nazareth Retreat Center or schedule a retreat, please contact us at nazarethretreatcenter@scnky.org or 502.348.1513 with potential dates for your stay.

Retreat Gift Certificates

Nazareth Retreat Center Gift Certificates are now available! They can be obtained in dollar amounts of your choice for yourself or for family members and friends that you think could benefit from a retreat. We can mail a physical gift certificate to your address or...

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Welcome His Coming… Now!

Welcome His Coming… NOW November 30th – December 2nd, 2018 Presented by Ellen Godbey Ellen Godbey is a life-long seeker. As a retired teacher and active lay minister in her home parish, Ellen brings knowledge and wisdom from her years of reflection and study. Last...

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Lady Wisdom: Young Women’s Retreat

Colleen Campbell is a second year PhD student in Catechetics at the Catholic University of America. She holds an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas. Colleen has served in lay ministerial roles...

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The Path to Contempative Prayer

Dr. Sharon Grant earned an STM in Sacred Theology and a doctorate in Ministry from Regis College in Toronto. Recently, she served as hospital chaplain at a teaching hospital with a focus on ministry to cancer patients and as a coordinator of Spiritual Care at a...

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Good News: Paula D’Arcy Writer’s Retreat Returns

Paula D'Arcy will return to Nazareth Retreat Center for the Writers' Retreat beginning on August 21, 2019. The retreat will start 21 August 2019 at 4:00 P.M. and end 25 August 2019 after lunch. For more information on how to register for this unique experience, call...

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Nazareth Retreat Center Welcomes Hosted Groups

Nazareth Retreat Center welcomes a large variety of groups and individuals to host their retreats on our grounds during the year. These visiting groups set their own agenda, may bring in their own speakers, and, in general, arrange their day according to their needs....

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The Labyrinth: A Sacred Path for Pilgrims

In the early first century, Christians made regular pilgrimages to the Holy Land with the desire to grow closer to Jesus. Eager to pray at the sites of Christ’s ministry, pilgrims walked hundreds of miles, praying and singing on the way. However, this practice became difficult due to wars across Europe in the Middle Ages. 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.”

Hermitages at Nazareth Retreat Center

Our hermitages are a place where one can just be free from a busy schedule and the hustle and bustle of the world to pray, reflect, and recuperate. Two hermitages are available. 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 single occupancy with a single bed, living/eating area, and kitchen. It is surrounded by trees and is home to a variety of birds and flowers.

Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

Built in 1854, this historic, Gothic-style church was designed by the well-known architect William Keeley. It was built with materials found on Nazareth’s grounds and limestone from Indiana. Mass and Vespers are open to all.

Mass: Mon. – Sat. 10:50 A.M. / Sun. 10:30 A.M.

Vespers: Mon. – Fri. 4:45 P.M.


Walking Paths

Scenic and well-maintained walking paths can be found throughout Nazareth Retreat Center. Many use them daily for runs, brisk walks, or slow, sight-seeing strolls. Comfortable benches can be found along many of these paths. 

Trenton Mattingly

Trenton Mattingly


Trenton Mattingly is originally from Lexington, KY. He has a B.A. in English from Bellarmine University and an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame through the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Trenton has previous ministry experience in both parish and campus ministry settings, especially in regard to event planning, religious education, and faith formation.

As director of Nazareth Retreat Center, Trenton looks forward to helping to offer opportunities for people to find peace in a busy world, learn more about their faith, and strengthen their relationship with God.


Nazareth Retreat Center
P.O. Box 7
Nazareth, KY 40048

(502) 348-1597

Carol McKean, SCN

Carol McKean, SCN

Associate Director

Carol McKean, SCN served as an educator and principal of schools in Massachusetts, Ohio and Maryland.

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, staff and volunteers, the center reached out to meet the needs of persons in and around the areas of Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia including:

  • 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 interim 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
P.O. Box 7
Nazareth, KY 40048

(502) 348-1513

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