HIV/AIDS Retreats

Catherine’s House Retreat Center

Since the founders moved to the farm in 1976, our Catholic Worker Farm has been involved in a variety of ministries: respite space for people from the cities; assistance in resolving drug and alcohol problems; foster care for problem youth; shelter for battered women and their children; renewal space for urban Catholic Workers. From 1987 to 2006, we offered a summer camp for small groups of developmentally disabled adults.

Probably the most significant thing we have learned from the various kinds of hospitality offered here in our 80 acres of wilderness/farm is the healing power of the land. In 1991 when a Franciscan priest friend brought up people with AIDS to enjoy the country air, an idea was born: Why not turn the unfinished Dondlinger/Whatford house into a respite/retreat space for people with AIDS or other terminal illnesses, and those involved in their care?

That house (now called Catherine’s House) was finally fished in 2001. It is 1,975 square feet, handicapped accessible and accommodates small groups for overnight stays and larger groups for day meetings. This respite/retreat space is open to all regardless of their spirituality.

Today, we are excited to say that this vision has become a reality. At Catherine’s House we host monthly AIDS/HIV+ retreats and we also host personal retreats for individuals once or twice per year.