The Fundamentals of Our Spiritual Life: A Retreat for the Laity of St. Dominic

You are invited to an upcoming retreat on the Fundamentals of Our Spiritual Life! Please see below for details.

When?  October 29-31-, 2021. The retreat begins at 5 pm on Friday, October 29, and concludes at 11:00 am on Sunday, October 31.  


Where?  Villa Maria Catholic Conference and Retreat Center. 1903 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712. 


For? Members of the Lay Chapters of St Dominic. Those discerning life as a Lay Dominican are also welcome to attend.  


Theme? The Fundamentals of Our Spiritual Life. As members of the Dominican Order, we are called to be contemplatives as we live out our Catholic faith in the world. Preaching requires a deep spiritual life as what we share through our preaching is an outpouring of our contemplation. How can we grow and prosper in our spiritual journey? We will discuss and practice proven, centuries-old, foundational spiritual methods. As taught by our Holy Mother Church, these solid practices form the basic building blocks of a healthy and vibrant Catholic spiritual life.   


Retreat Masters?  Brother John Steilberg OP – Promoter of the Laity for the Province of St. Albert the Great and Father James Pierce Cavanaugh OP – Parochial Vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison, WI.  


Costs?  The cost per retreatant is $280.00. The registration fee includes room and board (for single occupancy). Some rooms can be double occupancy. If you choose to room with someone else, the total cost is $250.00 per person (please indicate your roommate on your registration note). Your registration fee includes 5 full meals (Fri.: Dinner, Sat.: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sun.: breakfast), mass stipends for our priests, and all instructional material. Confession and Sunday Mass will be available. 


Contact? Brother John Steilberg OP at with questions.  


Register?  To register, send a check, payable to St Dominic Priory 3407 Lafayette Ave 63104, St Louis MO, c/o Br John Steilberg OP. Please include your name and your local Lay OP chapter. Designate that you are registering for the Laity of St Dominic retreat. Space is limited in the retreat center.