Our Retreat Building and Grounds
Our Retreat Building
Our center is equipped with many resources to help your group have a great experience. These resources include: Guest rooms, meeting rooms, the Father Kentenich Hall, the dining rooms, house chapel, and lounge areas.
We have space for approximately 70 people overnight at a time.
Our bedroom set up is such that each room has two or three beds (therefore you may receive a single, double, or triple room) and a semi-private bathroom – every two rooms share a bathroom.
Each room is provided with:
- sheets, blankets, and pillows
- hand soap
- toilet paper
- air conditioning and heating
Each room is furnished with twin size beds, a sink and mirror, a lounge chair, a desk, a closet, as well as drawer and cabinet space.
We have meeting areas for groups from 1-6 people, 6-20 people, 20-60 people, or 60-500 people. In addition to the large conference room, the Father Kentenich Hall also has several rooms for breakout sessions.
For space set up we have:
- access to Wi-Fi
- tables for registration
- screens for presentations or PowerPoints
- TV/DVD player and
- white boards or flip charts.
In the Father Kentenich Hall there are possibilities for all of the above plus two projectors with drop down screens and handheld or wireless microphones.
Father Kentenich Hall
The Father Kentenich Hall is the newest addition to our center which was built in 2014. It is dedicated to the founder of Schoenstatt, Fr. Joseph Kentenich.
The Father Kentenich Hall is a great place to hold conferences, sponsor speakers, and offer other large indoor events. The hall contains one large conference room that can hold up to 500 people as well as several breakout room options.
Our dining area can accommodate up to 130 people and can be sectioned off for groups of varying sizes.
Our staff will take into consideration your dietary needs as they craft delicious dishes for you to enjoy. There is a family-friendly menu and cafeteria style set-up.
Meal times are:
- breakfast 8 am (except Sundays: 8:30 am)
- lunch 12 pm and
- supper 6 pm
Our house chapel is the heart of our center. The cedar beams and the stained glass windows add to the ambiance conducive to prayer and meditation.
If your group desires, you may incorporate Holy Mass, the Sacrament of Confession, Eucharistic Adoration and/or Benediction to your retreat – provided you have a priest with your group.
There are many places to spend time in the retreat center:
- Children’s Paradise is a wonderful place for children to play and explore.
- Libraries – We have two libraries, one off of each wing of our center named the St. Joseph Library and the St. Michael Library.
- Rose Room and TV Lounge.
- The Fireplace is a nice space to relax or converse.
- The Sunroom is a large area perfect for a relaxed meeting, family time, or to play foosball and ping pong.
Enjoy 200 acres of land from golden cornfields to rows of pine trees. On this land is the International Schoenstatt Shrine, walking trails through wooded areas, wayside shrines, grotto to the Immaculata, our sister’s cemetery and Stations of the Cross, the Father House, and more!
The International Schoenstatt Shrine
The International Schoenstatt Shrine is the source of peace and grace for our retreat center and surrounding land.
The Schoenstatt Movement was founded in Vallendar, Germany, on October 18, 1914, in a small chapel which has been replicated around the world since the time of World War II. The word “Schoenstatt” in German means “beautiful” (schön) and “place” (statt). The earliest known reference to this valley is found in a historical document from the year 1143, where it is called “eyne schoene statt” in the local dialect. You may visit this beautiful place anytime!
From this small shrine our Blessed Mother Mary gives three special graces: the grace of finding a Home; the grace of inner transformation; & the grace of mission zeal.”
In this historical house one can learn about the person and mission of the servant of God, Schoenstatt’s Founder, Father Joseph Kentenich. After the purchase of the farm land in 1936, the original farm house was renovated and used for events and meetings. As Father Kentenich often visited with people in this house it was given its name: Father House.
You are welcome to visit this house with its many historic rooms, as it is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. For more information about Father Kentenich please click here.
The process of beatification for Father Joseph Kentenich was opened in Trier, Germany, on Febuary 10, 1975. For information please visit the Founder Secretariat by clicking here.