Things to Know
The Stations of the Cross
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.
Winter hours for the Stations of the Cross are in effect from November 4th through December 27th 2018. During these months the Stations are open to the Public Monday through Wednesday, 9am to 5pm and Thursdays, 9am to 1pm. The Stations will be closed on December 24th and 25th and will be open December 26th and 27th for normal hours of operation. The Stations of the Cross will be closed to the public during the months of January and February of 2019, although retreats will continue during these months. The Stations will reopen to the public beginning Sunday, March 3rd with new Sunday viewing hours between 3pm and 6pm. Beginning in March 2019, the Stations will be open Monday through Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, Thursdays 9am to 1pm and Sundays 3pm to 6pm. During Holy Week, in addition to our normal Monday through Wednesday hours of operation, the Stations of the Cross will be open Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday from 9am to 6pm. The Stations of the Cross will be closed on Easter Sunday.
When you arrive, please park in the parking lot across from main gate. Arrive at least 1 hour prior to closing time to allow enough time to walk the stations. Shuttle service from the parking lot to the stations ends 1 hour prior to close. Generally, there is no need to call to schedule a visit during our regular hours of operation. If you are bringing a group of 20 or more, please call at least a week in advance to schedule your visit.
We are a public charity and rely on your help. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation of $10 or more. With each donation visitors will receive a complimentary audio tour. Donations support The Cloisters on the Platte and 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 bring their own mobility devices, including manual and electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manually powered mobility aids (such as walkers, canes, and crutches). To discuss accessibility issues further, please call us at 402-509-6250.
Pets are not permitted at The Stations of the Cross or on the retreat grounds.
The Cloisters on the Platte gift shop is open for purchases during retreat check in. When retreats are not in session, the gift shop is open to the public during the same hours as The Stations of the Cross. (See the Stations hours of operation above). All proceeds from the gift shop sales benefit the Cloisters on the Platte.
The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation invites retreatants to make a goodwill offering to help support and maintain The Cloisters on the Platte. Goodwill offerings play an important role in sustaining the Cloisters on the Platte and while the appropriate amount of a goodwill offering is something each retreatant should decide for himself or herself, we encourage you to be generous.
Donations can be mailed to: The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation, 23332 Fishery Road, Gretna, NE 68028
Arrival and Departure
Retreats begin on Thursdays with registration beginning at 4:30pm. There is a reception from 5:30pm until 6:15pm in the Retreat Center, with dinner immediately following. Retreatants are expected to stay for the entire retreat and are not allowed to leave early. A retreatant should reschedule if he or she cannot stay for the full retreat. Retreats conclude at 2pm on Sundays.
Persons attending the retreat should be in good health and able to participate fully in the weekend’s activities without extra assistance. There is a certain amount of walking required to make the retreat. Individuals who cannot walk at least two city blocks easily should consider whether the retreat is appropriate for them or whether they should rent a motor scooter or electric wheelchair to bring with them for the weekend. If a retreatant calls an ambulance due to a medical emergency, he or she will leave the retreat by ambulance at that time.
Casual clothing is recommended - slacks, sweaters, sports shirts make for a relaxing weekend. Make sure to bring warm clothing for cold weather. Retreatants will walk from lodges to the Retreat Center in the outdoors.
Other items to bring
If you plan to explore the grounds and the beautiful walking trails, be sure to be equipped for the outdoors. For warmer months, bring a hat, sunglasses, water bottle and bug spray. For cold weather, bring appropriate outerwear to include boots, hat, gloves, scarf and heavy coat.
The Cloisters on the Platte provides 7 Guest Lodges and the Retreat Center, each with ten private bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom and was designed with a unique architectural perspective intended to promote a spiritual connection with God. There are microwaves and refrigerators available for use in the lodges, but not in the Retreat Center. Towels and hair dryers are available as well. Each room also provides a digital alarm clock, so there is no need to set a cell phone alarm.
All meals are served in our beautiful dining hall. We provide a vegetarian option at mealtimes with advanced notice (see special needs below). If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring your own food. There are microwaves and refrigerators available for use in the seven lodges.
Who can attend
All of our weekends are dedicated to groups of men only or women only. Individuals 18 years of age or older are welcome at our retreats. People of all Christian denominations are invited and welcome to participate. Even people who are not committed to any faith tradition can participate in a Cloisters retreat. As a rule, anyone for whom an Ignatian retreat would be beneficial is welcome to attend. Each person must discern whether this would be something that would be suitable for his or her spiritual growth.
Due to overwhelming interest and limited availability, individuals are allowed to attend one retreat during a 12 month period.
Retreatants with mobility limitations due to age or infirmity need to notify their ambassador by the Monday of the week of their retreat so that they can be put in appropriate lodgings. Vegetarians and those who plan to bring their own food should also alert their ambassador by the Monday of the retreat week. Our ability to accommodate special needs is limited.
If you don't have email, you can reach us by phone at 402-509-6250.