Congregation of St. Saviour Lenten Retreat: A Journey from Ash Wednesday through Easter


  • Holy Cross Monastery 1615 North Route 9W Hyde Park, NY, 12538 United States

The Stations of the Cross – The Journey of our Days

Facilitator: The Reverend Deacon Kent J. Curtis

Lent is a time of so many things, and experienced through many personal acts of devotion for most Christians. For some, it is a time of reflection, penance and self-examination. Lent for others is about service, giving of oneself and/or taking on a discipline that serves as a physical and spiritual way to walk the Lenten journey.  For some, if not most Christians, it is all of the above. In this retreat, we will focus on the different and unique ways in which we as individuals engage the Lenten Season to enliven our faith. How this Holy Season can draw us closer to Christ and each other, and perhaps to look afresh at how the journey of Christ can embolden us as we are called to be his hands and feet in the world.    It is customary in many churches to do The Stations of the Cross throughout Lent, so we will use The Stations as a way to frame our conversation and as a spiritual discipline. Some of the questions we will ponder together are:

-        What is Lent for me?

-        What can we learn from each other?

-        Can we foster a shared experience of Lent?

-        What do the forty days of Lent teach us about patience?

-        What does Lent teach us about our life and mortality?

-        How do we live with a great sense of intentionality in Lent and avoid wanting to hit the fast-forward button to Easter?

Holy Cross is a quiet and beautiful monastery on the banks of the Hudson easily reached by Metro North. Their website, www.holycrossmonastery.com provides information on the monastery as well as driving directions. Holy Cross is a place where you will learn the true meaning of Christian hospitality. It has recently undergone extensive renovation to make it more accommodating to the disabled. The meals are healthy and tasty. Those attending the retreat are free to participate in any or all meditations, attend the monastery’s five daily offices, take walks, or just sleep!

We have just 15 spaces this year.  Reservations are due March 1, including payment in full. A few scholarships are available.  (For scholarships, speak to Mother Mary Julia mjett@stjohndivine.org.  For any other information, please contact Marsha Ra (marshara500@gmail.com)   

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Deacon Curtis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty-seven years experience in the field of mental health, HIV/AIDS, aging, spirituality and substance abuse. He was ordained to the vocational diaconate on November 2, 1996 at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. The overall focus of his ordained ministry has been with seniors, persons living with HIV, grief and loss and those experiencing homelessness or less than secure housing. His role at the cathedral includes serving liturgically, preaching, consulting with Cathedral Community Cares and offering educational outreach and opportunities such as forums on Mental Health, Death and Dying and ministry to those living with HIV. We are honored to have him lead us in this our annual Lenten Retreat.