Saturday, July 30, 2016

THE MARY & JOSEPH RETREAT CENTER

PILGRIM PEACOCK AT THE
MARY & JOSEPH RETREAT CENTER

This week's arts and culture piece is on a getaway everyone in the greater LA area should know about.

Here's how it begins:

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is “to provide an environment of serenity, prayer and natural beauty.”

That won’t happen on your way there, which is going to be down the 110, the 405 or the 605. The center is in Rancho Palos Verdes, on the farthest tip of the South Bay.

The eight-acre grounds feature flowering shade trees and beautifully-tended native plants. There are also hummingbirds, six or so wandering-pilgrim peacocks and the occasional hawk.

The grounds are open during daylight hours so people are welcome to come to enjoy the gardens, walk the labyrinth, or pray in the chapel, which is accessible most days from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. That has to make Mary & Joseph one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets.

The center also has two suites, allowing for overnight accommodations for 69 plus a few rollaway beds, two large conference rooms that can hold around 100 and two smaller ones in the annex room, each holding up to 50 people.

Visitors can attend guided day, weekend and long (five- to eight-day) retreats. They are also welcome, space permitting, to make a private retreat that can range from a single night to up to two weeks.


READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.










BOUQUET OF TULIPS THAT GRACED MY DESK THERE



4 comments:

  1. Nobody does flowers like you, dear Heather! It's a(nother) gift. Hugs, Fr P

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  2. Thank you for wonderful words and images. I was blessed to go to the Daughters of Mary and Joseph school in the UK-it's called Coloma which I believe is an acronym for College of Ladies of Mary and (Joseph)-they didn't call it Colomaj!!!

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  3. If I ever built myself a house, it would have cinderblock painted in high-gloss.

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  4. One of my best retreats took place there over 20 years ago. It was a seven day silent retreat on the Interior Castle and St. Theresa de Avila. The retreat master was great too, Father Gregory Elmer, OSB.

    I have not been back for many years now, but if I gotta battle those freeways, I know it will be worth it if I can just get up the gumption to go. ^^

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