…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.

Interested in scheduling a private retreat or hosting your own retreat on our grounds?

Announcements & Retreat Offerings

Vincent & Louise

Title: Vincent & Louise: Contemplatives in Action Presenter: Sister Kay Glunk Date: February 22 - 24, 2019 Sister Kay Glunk is a Sister of Charity of Nazareth.  She has ministered as a teacher, hospital chaplain, Director of Religious Education, RCIA, youth ministry,...

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Silent Retreat – March

Title: Silent Retreat Date: March 8 - 10, 2019 For many, silence has become a rarity in today's world. Think about when you last had an opportunity to hear your own breath, sit alone with your thoughts, or pray without distraction. Chances are that it has been quite...

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Rejoice & Be Glad

Title: Rejoice & Be Glad: A Retreat with Pope Francis' Gaudete et exsultate Date: April 5 - 7, 2019 Presenter: Trenton Mattingly Fee: $150 (Cost includes all retreat programming, fresh meals and snacks prepared by Nazareth Food Service throughout the retreat, and...

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Silent Retreat – May

Title: Silent Retreat Date: May 17 - 19, 2019 For many, silence has become a rarity in today's world. Think about when you last had an opportunity to hear your own breath, sit alone with your thoughts, or pray without distraction. Chances are that it has been quite...

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Looking at God in a New Way

Title: Looking at God in a New Way: A Franciscan Perspective Presenter: Fr. John Quigley, OFM Date: July 21 - 27 or July 21 - 25 Fee: $600 or $400 Fr. John Quigley is a Franciscan friar and preist. He is also an accomplished public speaker, pilgrimage leader, retreat...

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Writer’s Retreat

Title: Writer's Retreat: Words and the Heart's Longing Date: August 21 - 25, 2019 Presenter: Paula D'Arcy Paula D'Arcy is a writer, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker. She travels widely in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Paula is the President...

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Abide: Keeping Vigil…

Title: Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God Date: October 4 - 6 , 2019 Presenter: Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB Fee: $300 | Commuters: $250 Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB is an author of several books, spiritual guide, and Benedictine monastic of St. Scholastica Monastery in...

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Retreat Gift Certificates

Nazareth Retreat Center Gift Certificates are now available! They can be obtained in dollar amounts of up to $300.00 for yourself or for family members and friends that you think could benefit from a retreat. This could be a great gift for an anniversary, birthday,...

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Hosted & Private Retreats

Thank you for taking some time to learn more about Nazareth Retreat Center! We welcome a large variety of groups and individuals to host their retreats on our grounds throughout the year. These visiting groups and individuals may set their own agenda, bring their own...

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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. from Bellarmine University and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame through the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Trenton has previous ministry experience in 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.


(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.


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Email: nazarethretreatcenter@scnky.org

Phone: 502.348.1513

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