St. Anthony Retreat
St. Anthony Retreat provides a comfortable, peaceful and naturally beautiful setting for individual and group retreats, as well as both religious and secular conferences and gatherings. St. Anthony Retreat Center provides meetings space, dining, and overnight accommodations for up to 100 guests. St. Anthony Retreat is adjacently located to the newly built Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center.
As a ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, St. Anthony Retreat seeks to provide resources for spiritual growth and transformation for people of the central valley of California and beyond, and to promote and develop a vibrant faith and full human life for the people it serves
The following types of retreats are offered
Conference style retreats are retreats that have a structured schedule with talks given by presenters, built in reflection time and usually some group sharing. Some of these retreats are sponsored by St. Anthony Retreat. During sponsored retreats, staff offers the retreat, while hosted retreats offer opportunities for groups to come in and organize and facilitate their own retreats.
Private retreats offer hospitality, a bedroom and three meals, without any structure except for meal times. The person is free to walk, read, pray, and enjoy the quiet and peaceful setting of St. Anthony Retreat at their leisure.
Individually Directed Retreats offer the same unstructured format of the private retreat but with the addition of time to meet each day with a spiritual director. The spiritual director listens to what the person would like to think about or pray about during their time here and might suggest some scripture or other materials to use for a personal retreat experience. Private and individually directed retreats can be scheduled at any time as long as we have space available. Reservations need to be made in advance.
Spiritual direction is “help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction) Spiritual direction focuses on religious experience. It is concerned with a person’s actual experience of a relationship with God.
Spiritual direction is about a relationship. The religious experience is not isolated, nor does it consist of extraordinary events. It is what happens in an ongoing relationship between the person and God. Most often this is a relationship that is experienced in prayer. Spiritual direction is a relationship that is going somewhere. God is leading the person to deeper faith and more generous service. Spiritual Direction is available upon request.