Cultivating a Listening Heart – an Advent retreat

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(Please note that our registration deadline is Sunday evening, December 4, 2022 at Midnight)

This weekend retreat in early Advent (Friday evening through Sunday after lunch) is designed to draw retreatants closer to Jesus as the Incarnate Word of God. Through scripture-opening teaching and experiences of various kinds of contemplative prayer, the retreat will encourage those present to bring fuller attention and intention to their times of prayer. The weekend will include time and space for both silence and fellowship.

Doors will open at 5:00 pm on Friday night, December 9, 2022 and the retreat will begin at 7:00 pm sharp. The retreat will end at 12:00 pm on Sunday, December 11, 2022 after lunch is served.

The cost for the entire retreat is $243.00 per person, which includes all presentations, accommodations, five delicious meals (3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday), and the use of our entire retreat facility and beautiful, holy grounds.

We will be led through this weekend experience by veteran retreat leaders Steve Givens, Fr. Tom Santen, and Lucia Signorelli.

If you have questions please contact us at 636-938-5390 or


Rev. Tom Santen has been priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis for 52 years. He has served as a parish priest (including 18 years as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, MO), a high school religion teacher, a college campus minister, a youth retreat director, spiritual director, director of continuing formation of priests, and personnel director for priests. He has been involved in retreat work throughout his priesthood. He is “retired” and living at St. Simon the Apostle parish, serving as the Holy Spirit beckons him.

Lucia Signorelli is a spiritual director who has served as a retreat director, coach, and a long-time educator. Her Catholic education ministry included teaching junior and senior high school, elementary school administration and serving as Regional Director of Schools for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Steve Givens is a retreat and spiritual director, a widely published writer on issues of faith and spirituality, and a prayer companion for those praying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. He serves as executive director of the Bridges Foundation, which offers the Spiritual Exercises in the greater St. Louis region.

Advent Retreat 2022 Registration

Advent Retreat 2022 Registration

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