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St. Joseph Retreat Center,
owned and operated by the
Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Massachusetts:

Warmly welcomes women and
men of all faith denominations

Offers a prayerful, quiet, exquisitely beautiful haven for rest and renewal
Facilitates spiritual growth, relationship with God and all creation
Conducts training in spiritual direction



Applications are open for SDII, Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative held weekly in Brighton.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius via the 19th Annotation Retreat: weekly individual meetings with director in Brighton.


Letter from the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team
about the closing of Saint Joseph Retreat Center.

May 7, 2016

Dear Friends of St. Joseph Retreat Center,

As you know, many renovations have been made to our retreat center over the years. Further
improvements were to be implemented as part of our long-range planning. These included
replacing windows and installing an elevator. However, a severe structural issue was discovered
upon inspection of our building impelling us to come to a serious decision. While it is difficult
to bring such a blessed, meaningful ministry to conclusion, we have made the decision to close
St. Joseph Retreat Center effective July 5, 2016.

Prior to making this decision, we sought the insights and wisdom of the members of our
congregation. Their views gave us a fuller understanding of the breadth and depth of their love
and care for this ministry, which is so dear to our CSJ hearts and heritage. Their realistic
perspective focused on the substantial, financial investment necessary to correct and upgrade the
extensive structural issues together with the uncertainty and cost of future staffing.

In the interim, however, we are providing for the essential repairs that will assure the structural
integrity of the facility until its closing. The process of selling the property will be undertaken

Needless to say, this has been a heart-wrenching decision because we are so aware of how
significant St. Joseph Retreat Center has been to so many of you. You have blessed this sacred
mission and haven of prayer, beauty and welcome as retreatants, directors, donors, volunteers,
neighbors, staff and co-ministers of prayer in so many ways. You blessed us as a congregation by
allowing us to welcome you, to serve you and to be in companionship with you for forty-two

We fully realize that many of you are scheduled to participate in programs offered this summer
and fall at our Retreat Center. Please be assured that you will hear from us at a later date and
refunds will be issued to you for any programs you have registered for at St. Joseph Retreat

As a leadership team, we want to assure you that we remain committed to our spirituality
ministry and hope to forward it in new and creative ways. We ask for your continued prayers and
support in these endeavors.

Sincerely yours,
Sisters Rosemary, Maureen, Peggy, Roseann, Gail and Pat

Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team

ClicK HERE to open a .pdf file of the letter.

Latest announcement:

Closing date for St. Joseph Retreat Center has been extended to
September 22, 2016 instead of July 5, 2016.


The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of approximately 300 women religious and over 80 associates who minister in the Greater Boston area and beyond. We are one of the 16 Congregations which comprise The U.S.Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a dynamic union of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in the foundation at LePuy, France, in the mid-seventeenth century.

Together we strive to embody a vision of all people united in one earth community of love, unity and reconciliation. We do this through collaborative programs, interaction, prayer and ministry. In our conflicted 21st century world, the Sisters of Saint Joseph seek to bring our traditions and vision to life in a way that speaks to our contemporary society and is a positive influence for change.

The basic desire of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is to reflect a profound love of God and neighbor without distinction. Our mission is to live and work inclusively so that all may be one.

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Retreat Center, founded and supported by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is a Roman Catholic retreat center welcoming women and men of all faith traditions and cultures who seek a deeper relationship with God, self and all creation. In collaboration with others we are dedicated to offering spiritual direction and diverse retreat opportunities for individuals and groups in a hospitable, peaceful, beautiful seaside environment.


Spectacular oceanfront location on the Atlantic
Wireless Internet access
25 miles south of Boston and Logan Airport
Situated on a private, shingle beach with neighboring sandy beaches within 1-3 miles


St. Joseph Retreat Center was featured on
Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 TV
News Magazine's "Hidden Treasures" which aired
Monday, September 8, 2014.
Watch our segment.


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