Catholic Vocations
Archdiocese of Melbourne
Encountering Christ Retreat - Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

An Encountering Christ Retreat for women of all ages will be held from 17th - 19th July 2015 in Lysterfield, Melbourne. This retreat will offer the opportunity to "come away" with the Lord in prayer at the heart of the Church. The retreat will involve talks by the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, and opportunities to pray the Divine Office, Mass, times for adoration, confession, silence and fellowship. We are so blessed to welcome Sister Mary Rachel, Sister Mary Magdalene, Sister Mary Helen, Sister Cecilia Rose and Sister Anastasia to Victoria to run this retreat.

Who can attend the retreat?

The Encountering Christ retreat is open for all women of all ages (from 16yrs plus) and in all states of life; they are designed to offer spiritual refreshment.

What is the encountering Christ Retreat?

Retreatants join in community prayers with the sisters and have time for private prayer. Retreat conferences focus on a general topic within the life of the Church, offering spiritual insight for those who seek to grow in their relationship with the Lord. Reception of the sacraments and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available. There are also opportunities for retreatants to speak with the sisters and to meet others who have an earnest desire for God.

Where will the retreat be held?

The Encountering Christ Retreat will take place at the Salesian Retreat Centre in Lysterfield, Victoria. The address is: 465 Lysterfield Road LYSTERFIELD 3156


Retreatrants will be accommodated in shared twin rooms at the Salesian Retreat Centre. Please bring your own linen and towels.

What is needed on the retreat?

For the Encountering Christ Retreat you are encouraged to bring a Bible, spiritual reading book, casual clothes for outdoor activities, runners, and whatever else is needed for overnight stays. Spiritual reading books will be available if needed. All meals are covered in the registration fee. Please bring your own linen and towels.

When does the retreat begin and end?

The retreat will take place from Friday 17th -19th July 2015. We ask that you plan to arrive between 4:00-4:45pm on Friday, the first day of the retreat. This will allow time to find your room and get situated. An opening conference will begin at 4:45pm, followed by Vespers (Evening Prayer), the Rosary, and then dinner. The retreat concludes with lunch on the last day, approximately 2:00pm.

What is the cost of the retreat?

The Encountering Christ Retreat is $280. This includes two nights accommodation and all meals.

How do I register for a retreat?

To register and book in for this retreat please book online at Please note that as there is limited spots your place on the retreat is only guaranteed when you pay the full cost of the retreat. The final closing date for registrations is Friday 19th June unless sold out prior to this date.

For more information please contact:

Emy Nichols M: 0422885036 E: OR Thérèse Nichols M: 0435 040 526 E:

 “Come and you will see...” (John 1:39)


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