Things to Know
1. 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.
Visitors are encouraged to make a donation of $10 or more. With each donation, visitors will receive a complementary audio tour. 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. Landscaping stones can be found along the trail where you will be able to rest along the walk. There are no outdoor restroom facilities or benches. Further, no motorized tram or golf cart is available for providing tours of the stations for those who are unable to walk.
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.
2. Do you have a gift shop?
Yes. There is a gift shop at The Cloisters on the Platte that is open to the public Mondays through Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm and on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. The gift shop has a variety of apparel and other items. All proceeds go to support The Cloisters on the Platte and The Stations of the Cross.
3. How much does it cost to attend a retreat at The Cloisters on the Platte?
The Foundation invites retreatants to make a goodwill offering to help support and maintain The Cloisters on the Platte. The appropriate amount of a goodwill offering is something each retreatant should decide for himself or herself.
4. 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.
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 are the accommodations like at The Cloisters on the Platte?
Designed with the aesthetic value of understated elegance, 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. Towels, hair dryers and travel sized soaps and shampoo are available as well.
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 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 before and during Thursday evening dinner for those who choose. All meals are served family style in our beautiful dining hall. We provide a vegetarian option at mealtimes with advanced notice. 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 lodges.
9. How often can I attend a retreat at The Cloisters on the Platte?
Due to overwhelming interest and limited availability, individuals are allowed to attend one retreat during a 12 month period.
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. Do you offer couples retreats?
We do not offer retreats for couples. All of our weekends are dedicated to groups of men or women.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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
17. How do I contact you if I don't have email?
You can reach us by phone at 402-509-6250.