What can I expect when I come on retreat?

Most three-day group retreats are silent retreats that begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon, after lunch. In addition to the retreat talks, every retreat includes Mass on Saturday and Sunday, opportunity for Eucharistic adoration, and a reconciliation service with opportunity for the Sacrament of reconciliation. There is ample free time in between for private reflection and prayer, and to take walks outdoors on our beautiful property that overlooks Lake Pontchartrain.

What should I bring on retreat?

We provide retreatants resources for the retreat, but please bring a journal.

 You should plan to pack all toiletries you will need as well as any medications you will need during your stay here. You are also welcome to bring an additional pillow or blanket if you think you will need these items.

For optimum comfort, we recommend that retreatants dress in layers.

Do you offer spiritual direction?

If you are in need of Spiritual direction, you may contact the Archdiocese Spirituality Center at 504-861-3254.  You may wish to visit their website at

Do you offer any other programming besides three-day retreats?

Yes! In an effort to serve as many women and their families as possible we have greatly expanded our program options to include shortened 2-day retreat, days of prayer, and speaker series. Please check our calendar for a complete listing of offerings or call (504) 267-9604 for more information.

Do you offer any retreats for men?

We have recently added a men's retreat to our schedule. For more information about upcoming offerings for men please call (504) 267-9604.

Who are the retreat captains and what does that mean?

The Cenacle sisters founded the retreat center in the 1950s utilized the retreat captain system to help evangelize the retreats, and that tradition continues, even to this day. Retreat captains are those whose personal experience of spiritual renewal here leads them to invite others to attend a retreat. Captains announce our retreat offerings through their parish bulletins inviting friends, family or new acquaintances. Many groups led by captains reserve the same weekend each year. Some have been coming here for decades, and their retreat weekend has become a family tradition, passed on from one generation to the next.

I understand the Cenacle has a history with Ignatian Spirituality. Do you offer any services or retreats around that?

In July, we also sponsor an Ignatian retreat for those wishing to make a 5-day silent, directed, one-on-one retreat.