Things to Know
1. Can non-Catholics take part in these retreats?
Anyone for whom an Ignatian retreat is beneficial is welcome! You are the best person to make a decision about whether an Ignatian retreat would be a good fit for you. Keep in mind that St. Ignatius offers us the Spiritual Exercises to help each of us grow in discipleship by becoming a closer companion of Jesus and of others in our lives, and by helping us integrate our faith more deeply into our daily lives. If that is your goal, too, that is a great start. What else should you consider? Being comfortable with the overall approach of the retreat is the next step.
Because the Spiritual Exercises tend to build upon the pattern of the lectionaries used in several Christian denominations, folks from those traditions generally feel right at home on an Ignatian retreat. Other Ignatian retreat programs report that folks from the Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, and Presbyterian traditions generally find the approach of the Spiritual Exercises a good fit. Again, in general, those from traditions with a more literal approach to Scripture, or whose ministers are free to choose their own lessons each week, tend not to find an Ignatian retreat a good fit.
Those who are not Catholic should attend all of the offerings on the retreat schedule but should not receive Holy Communion at Mass or go to Confession (though taking advantage of the opportunity for an individual conversation with the retreat director is encouraged).
Fortunately there are many authentic approaches to spirituality within the Christian tradition and within the Catholic Church. We would be happy to help you make contact with one of our retreat directors if you have further questions about whether an Ignatian retreat might be a good fit for you.
2. How much does it cost to attend a retreat at The Cloisters on the Platte?
The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation is underwriting the costs to develop and operate our permanent retreat facility. The Foundation is also paying the costs to organize retreats conducted at temporary locations while the permanent retreat facility is being completed.
The Foundation invites retreatants to make a goodwill offering to help defray the costs of operating the retreat facility. The appropriate amount of a goodwill offering is something each retreatant should decide for himself or herself.
The goodwill offering is entirely optional.
3. I would like to support The Cloisters on the Platte, where should I send my tax deductible check?
The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation
23332 Fishery Road Gretna, NE 68028
4. What are the accommodations like at The Cloisters on the Platte?
Designed with the aesthetic value of understated elegance, The Cloisters on the Platte will be comprised of 7 Guest Lodges, each with ten private bedrooms. Each bedroom will have its own private bathroom and be designed with a unique architectural perspective intended to promote a spiritual connection with God.
5. I am scheduled for a retreat, when should I arrive and when does the retreat end?
Retreats begin on Thursdays with registration at 5:00 pm. They conclude on Sundays at around 2:00 pm.
6. What should I do to prepare for my retreat and what should I wear?
To prepare, you only need to bring a willingness to participate fully in the retreat. Casual clothing is recommended - slacks, sweaters, sports shirts make for a relaxing weekend.
7. What is The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation?
The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by entrepreneur and philanthropist Joe Ricketts. Ricketts is passionate about making The Cloisters on the Platte a reality and personally funded the Foundation’s construction of the retreat property. Ongoing operations will be funded through a combination of donations by retreatants, donations by people visiting the Stations of the Cross, and product sales. The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, with the Omaha Archbishop to appoint one of the Foundation’s Board members.
8. Who is building The Cloisters on the Platte?
To create a tranquil atmosphere that blends seamlessly with the natural environment, The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation is working with a world-class team of architects and construction professionals. To learn more about the architects and artisans involved in building The Cloisters on the Platte, please click HERE.
9. What should I expect?
You will be assigned a private room with a bathroom and shower at check-in. Take time to settle in and make yourself at home. You will be able to meet some of the Cloisters on the Platte staff, ask questions, get acquainted with the grounds and meet others attending the retreat.
"First Timers" are welcomed by members of our office staff with a special "Welcome Packet." At the "First Timers" welcome table, we will make sure that you have all the info you need and that you know where you need to be next. Let the relaxation begin!
Silence is an essential part and expectation of an Ignatian retreat. In the Spiritual Exercises, you journey with the Lord in a renewal of mind, body and spirit. Silence typically begins shortly after your first meal.
Opportunities for discussion and fellowship are available after dinner for those who choose. All meals are served family style in our beautiful dining hall.
10. Are The Cloisters on the Platte facilities open for rental and use by outside groups?
No. The Cloisters on the Platte facilities are designated solely to be utilized for The Cloisters on the Platte administered retreats and self-guided Stations of the Cross tours. The facilities are not available for rental, nor are any non-authorized outside uses permitted.
11. Can individuals or groups tour The Cloisters on the Platte property?
We do not offer tours of the retreat buildings or grounds. The best way to experience The Cloisters on the Platte is to sign up for a retreat. We also invite you to visit The Stations of the Cross, which is open to the public when retreats are not in session.
12. Is there a minimum age to attend a retreat at The Cloisters on the Platte?
Individuals 18 years of age or older are welcome at our retreats.
13. How do I have a retreat experience when I’m not able to visit The Cloisters on the Platte?
While few things compare to making an actual retreat, our friends, Fr. Andy Alexander and Maureen McCann Waldron have done an exceptional job creating an online retreat experience. You can learn more about it HERE.
14. Are the Stations of the Cross open to the public and how much does it cost?
Located at The Cloisters on the Platte, the Stations of the Cross is a 2,500 foot long walking tour comprised of 14 sculpture stations that represent Christ’s trial through his burial. The Stations of the Cross will be open to the public Mondays through Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm and on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. It is not necessary to call in advance of your visit. Groups of 20 or more should contact us a week in advance.
There is a suggested $10 per person donation for people making The Stations of the Cross walk. A special audio tour developed for The Stations of the Cross at The Cloisters on the Platte is included with every $10 donation. Donations support The Cloisters on the Platte and the Stations of the Cross. When you arrive, please park in the parking lot across from main gate. Shuttle service from the parking lot operates throughout hours of operation and will provide entry for our guests to the Stations of the Cross.
The Stations of the Cross at The Cloisters on the Platte is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. Visitors with disabilities may use mobility devices, including manual and electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manually powered mobility aids (such as walkers, canes, and crutches). We do not have wheelchairs or scooters on site for visitor use.
To discuss accessibility issues further, or inquire about group visits to The Stations, please call us at 402-509-6250.
Pets are not permitted at The Stations of the Cross or on the retreat grounds.
15. How do I contact you if I don't have email?
You can reach us by phone at 402-509-6250.