…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 for spiritual reflection in a holistic approach which reverences the human spirit and all of creation. Schedule a stay with us today!
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...read more
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...read more
A retreat focused on the life-long journey of prayer and where we are lead in the deep prayer of the heart, which springs from the intent to move toward union with the divine. Centering prayer will be examined as one pathway among many and inspiration will be drawn...read more
If you have ever wanted to go on your own private retreat but didn't know how to get the most out of it, then a Do-It-Yourself Retreat is for you. You will receive a guided, but flexible schedule for the length of your stay that seeks to maximize the spiritual...read more
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...read more
Nazareth Retreat Center welcomes a variety of hosted groups during the year. These visiting groups set their own agenda, bring in speakers and arrange their day according to their needs. We make available to them overnight accommodations, meeting room, food service...read more
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 communal prayer are available every day of the week.
Mass: Mon.-Sat. 10:50 A.M. / Sun. 10:30 A.M. Vespers: 4:45 P.M.
Scenic and well-maintained walking paths can be found throughout Nazareth Retreat Center. They are great for runs, brisk walks, or slow, sight-seeing strolls. Comfortable benches can be found along many of these paths.
Trenton Mattingly is originally from Lexington, KY. He has a B.A. from Bellarmine University and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Trenton has previous ministry experience in both parish and campus ministry settings, most often revolving around religious education and faith formation.
In the position as director of Nazareth Retreat Center, Trenton looks forward to helping to offer opportunities for people to find peace in a busy world, nurture their spiritual health, and strengthen their relationship with God.
Nazareth Retreat Center
PO Box 7
Nazareth, KY 40048
Carol McKean, SCN
Associate DirectorCarol 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
PO Box 7
Nazareth, KY 40048