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About the Demontreville Retreat House

Each year more than 3,000 men from all walks of life participate in retreats at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House. Retreats at Demontreville have one theme: to know, love, and serve God in this world. To really know, love, and serve God, however, one must know oneself. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) provide a wonderful method for doing this. They help us see who we are - one loved by God. They help us realize we are called by God to follow Jesus Christ, who became man over 2,000 years ago to show us how to live. He still shows us how to live today.

The daily schedule includes four or five general conferences of approximately 30 minutes each. Conferences are based on the Spiritual Exercises and are followed by a free period to reflect on the matter presented and to apply the ideas to one's own life. Staff members are available during these periods for private consultation. The Eucharist is celebrated daily. There are also daily opportunities to participate in the rosary and Benediction. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available.

Strict silence is maintained throughout the weekend, except for an optional recreation period after dinner on Friday and Saturday. Being silent in a beautiful natural setting with no agenda and nowhere to go, waiting, and listening for God to speak are key ingredients for communicating with God.

Who Attends

About 65 men attend each of the 47 retreats scheduled on weekends throughout the year. In each group of 65 about 10 are first-time retreatants and 10 are of denominations other than Roman Catholic.


Each man enjoys a private room in one of six Dutch colonial homes at the retreat center. The chapel, dining room, lounge area, and administrative offices are in the main building.


There is no set fee. When leaving Sunday you will be asked to donate what you can reasonably afford, anonymously if you wish.


Retreats begin every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. They end after supper on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Attendance is expected for the entire retreat. Please do not plan to leave early.


The retreat house is located between North St. Paul and Stillwater, Minnesota. Detailed directions are available upon request.

What to wear

Casual clothing is recommended - slacks, sweaters, sports shirts make for a relaxing weekend.