ARRANGE A RETREAT / RECOLLECTION
"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile."
About Our House:
You do not need to travel to find a quiet place for retreats or recollections. The Oblates of the Virgin Mary offer an ideal venue right here in Cebu City! The main part of our center was constructed in 2000; the construction of additional retreat rooms was completed in 2007. There are four rooms set aside for directed retreatants at all times. One of these is a double room. All rooms have aircon, electric fan, and hot/cold shower.
The retreat wing gives access to an indoor chapel that is available 24 hours for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and private prayer time. The outdoor chapel is used for Mass on Sunday, and is available for private prayer during the week.
Retreatants receive three meals and snacks in a spacious conference/dining room. The conference room seats about 100, which also makes it suitable for group days of recollection. Group recollections are available for college age and older, in order to preserve the atmosphere of quiet required for individual retreats.
Our Retreat Ministry:
In a directed retreat, the retreatant meets daily with the director (one of our priests), who suggests particular scripture passages related to themes such as God’s love, mercy, call to serve. The retreatant spends a number of prayer sessions each day praying over these scriptures and asking for related graces. This disposes the person to hear and follow what God is saying to them at that particular time in their life. Individual retreats are offered for a weekend, a week, or 30 days.
We welcome priests, brothers and sisters for retreats, and we extend a special invitation to lay people who are facing life decisions. The house is easily accessible here in Cebu, but is also set back ½ km from the highway, which allows for a quiet grounds and a prayerful atmosphere.
For the past 400 years, thousands of retreatants have been richly blessed by following what the Lord showed to St. Ignatius of Loyola in prayer. Oblates offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and our house is especially suited for individual retreatants, to whom we give directed retreats.
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary began our retreat work in the Philippines in 1997. Since that time, we have given hundreds of retreats and recollections in Cebu and around the Philippines in preached and directed form. Oblates stationed in Cebu travel frequently to other islands in the Philippines to give retreats, and have also given retreats or seminars in India, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and Papua New Guinea. Direction can also be given in Visayan or Tagalog.
Fr. Greg Short, OMV
A certified spiritual director with 29 years experience in giving preached and personally directed Ignatian retreats.
Fr. Lino Estadilla, OMV
A native of Nabua, Bicol, joined the staff full time prior to his ordination to the priesthood in December 2006. He specialized in biblical studies at St. John’s Seminary, Boston, USA.
Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV
Has recently joined the staff after two years of parish work at St. Mary's Parish in Alton, Illinois. He is originally from Nigeria and specialized in Ecclesiology at St. John's Seminary in Boston, USA.
Fr. Jerry Joaquin, OMV
Ordained in September 2014, Fr. Jerry is currently the assistant formator for the postulants and gives preached and personally directed Ignatian retreats.
The recommended donation for a directed retreat is P950/day in Cebu and P1,050/day in Antipolo, which includes food, lodging, and spiritual direction. This can be adjusted based on the financial situation of the retreatant. Recommended donation for group day recollections are P50 per head, and your group must provide its own food.
If you wish to arrange a retreat or recollection, please contact:
|Cebu Retreat Ministry
Tel. #: (032) 346-1629
|Antipolo Retreat Ministry
Tel. #: (02) 696-7744
How to find us:
“There is nothing so valuable in this world as to be able to spend several days in peace, occupied only with the great concerns: God, the Soul, Eternity.”
--Venerable Fr. Bruno Lanteri, founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary