Nazareth Retreat Center was founded in 2009 in the more than 200 year old tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. We are a non-profit ministry dedicated to providing opportunities for peace, prayer, and reflection to all in a beautiful, sacred, and historic setting. We are located just outside of Bardstown, Kentucky; mere minutes away from My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown Main Street, Bernheim Forest, several locations of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and the “Holy Land” of Kentucky.
Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Built in 1854, this Gothic-style church was designed by the architect William Keeley. It was constructed with materials from Nazareth’s grounds and limestone from Indiana. Mass and Vespers are open to all.
Mass: Monday – Saturday 10:50 A.M. / Sunday 10:30 A.M.
Vespers: Monday – Friday 4:45 P.M.
Scenic, well-maintained walking paths wind throughout almost all of Nazareth’s 300+ acres. Take a run, walk briskly, or amble through a slow, sight-seeing stroll. Comfortable benches, peaceful bodies of water, historic buildings, and devotional sites can be found along many of these paths.
In the first century, Christians made regular pilgrimages to the Holy Land with the simple goal of drawing closer to God. Eager to walk the same grounds that Christ walked, pilgrims walked hundreds of miles praying and singing. Unfortunately, regional violence or disease often became an impediment to these travels. In response, churches across Europe began to build labyrinths and pilgrims were once again, symbolically, able to travel to the Holy Land.
A stay at Nazareth Retreat Center means a stay in one of our comfortable, overnight lodgings. You’d never be able to tell, but some of them are historic too! All of our rooms are climate controlled and come with towels, bedding, and soap. Learn more and tour our accommodations here. Groups that are considering hosting their next retreat at Nazareth are welcome to schedule a time to tour our facilities!
Nazareth Retreat Center has security guards (who are very friendly, we might add) monitoring our campus throughout each night. Based in the Security Post, they are happy to help! Their number will be provided to you upon your arrival.
Staff of Nazareth Retreat Center
Sr. Carol McKean, SCNAssociate Director
Sr. Louise Smith, SCN
Program Services Assistant
Sr. Carolyn Wilson, SCN