“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while,” Jesus said. (Mark 6:31)

Cathedral Retreats and Quiet Days

March 21  Dying to Live: A Lenten Quiet Day: A day of reflection and prayer led by our Dean, the Very Rev’d Bertrand Olivier. 9:30-4:00 at Villa Saint Martin, boul. Gouin Ouest, Pierrefonds QC. Registration required. Cost: $25 if you can, includes lunch. Registration: Contact Deborah. Payment deadline: March 15

May 29-31 Pentecost Retreat: Come away to a beautiful Anglican monastery on the banks of the Hudson River for a few days of quiet, reflection, companionship, and good food. Friday-Sunday, May 29-31; optional day to rest and center on the 28th.  Cost: $235 USD, plus funds for carpooling; $85 USD additional for Thursday. Contact Deborah; non-refundable deposit of $50 required to hold your space.  Limited bursaries available. Passport required.

June 2020Pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland: This offering is fully enrolled, but contact Bertrand if you wish to be notified of future trips.




A retreat or quiet day invites you to withdraw in time and space from daily activity: to take stock, share with others in worship and in quiet, and allow yourself to be stretched a bit, with the hope of returning nourished and refreshed to ordinary life.

For many Christians, regular retreats are as important as regular vacations. The Cathedral usually offers at least one retreat and/or quiet day each year. Other resources are also available both near and far.

Many retreat houses have some funds to support guests who need financial help, so do not let the cost keep you away if you are interested.


Other sponsors of organized retreats

Montreal Directed Retreats (Open to all; some Anglican directors; silent) Vita Nova (Ecumenical; Montreal area) Unitas (Ecumenical; Montreal area; bilingual) Villa Saint Martin (Montreal area; events in French and English) Sisters of Saint John the Divine (Anglican; Toronto) Society of Saint John the Evangelist (Episcopal; Boston)

Additional places to make a personal retreat

Ermitage Sainte-Croix Les Recluses missionaries Cistercian Abbey, Rougemont Qc Maison de priére Notre Dame Abbaye Val Notre Dame, (Trappist Monastery) St-Jean-de-Matha, Qc