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. When will the permanent retreat property be completed?
We expect to begin hosting retreats at our permanent facility in the summer of 2018. While we develop the permanent retreat site, The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation will host retreats at different locations.
5. 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.
At the Griswold and Schuyler facilities we are using before the permanent retreat facility is completed, some individuals might need to share a bathroom.
6. 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 3:00 pm.
7. 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.
8. 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 is personally funding the Foundation’s construction of the permanent retreat property.
The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation will ultimately be managed by a Board of Directors, with the Omaha Archbishop to appoint one of the Foundation’s Board members. And while attendees are invited to help support The Cloisters on the Platte with a goodwill offering, Ricketts and his family will endow the Foundation so generations to come can enjoy the peace and serenity the retreats afford.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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, Andy Alexander and Maureen McCann Waldron have done an exceptional job creating an online retreat experience. You can learn more about it HERE.