Catholic Spirituality and Culture Retreat Course

Are you looking for the chance to go on retreat AND receive course credit at the same time? Our faculty here at St. Bernard's have partnered with the monks of the Abbey of the Genesee to make this possible! This first-ever "retreat course" will provide the opportunity to pursue a ‘kneeling theology’ through the study of primary and secondary texts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, while simultaneously being enveloped in an atmosphere and practice of prayer. Our goal is to unite learning with adoringstudying with contemplationknowledge with love.

Logistics: The cost of this retreat course is $1893, plus $260 for a private room at the Abbey for four nights (M-F) - all meals included. Generous financial aid is available. Please contact Dr. Matthew Kuhner ( to make a reservation. While all are encouraged to lodge at the retreat house, those who live near the Abbey have the option to commute to the retreat course each day.

Daily Prayer and Class Schedule:
6:30 AM - Lauds/Morning Prayer
7:00 - Mass
8:30 - 10:30 Class Instruction
10:30 - 12:00 Quiet reflection and prayer
12:00 PM - Midday Prayer
2:00 - 4:00 Class Instruction
4:00 - 5:00 Quiet reflection and prayer
5:30 - Vespers
7:30 PM - Compline

Dates: Monday through Friday, 8:30-10:30 am and 2-4 pm, 8/5-8/9

Location: Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee, 3099 River Rd, Piffard, NY 14533

The course will be co-taught by professors at St. Bernard’s and the monks of the Abbey of the Genesee.