The Spirit of Saragossa Retreat invites a retreatant into the "spirit" of Father Chaminade’s own transformative experience during his three-year exile (1797-1800, during the French Revolution) before Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa, Spain.

Through this retreat a person prayerfully moves through four Marian mysteries as found in the Scriptures: The Annunciation, at the foot of the cross at Calvary, in the Cenacle, and at the wedding feast at Cana. The Spirit of Saragossa Retreat is not part of an initial formation process (at the beginning of one’s Marianist journey) but is a support in confirming and strengthening one’s commitment in living the Marianist charism.

The Spirit of Saragossa Retreat was developed in 2008 by an international team of Marianist brothers, sisters, and priests as an extended retreat experience (30-day retreat) for Marianist religious preparing for final vows (perpetual profession). This retreat has been adapted for those who cannot get away for 30 days as a “retreat in daily life” where the retreatant continues in his or her daily life with a focused daily prayer time, along with weekly meetings with the retreat director. This second style of the retreat is spread out over a period of four to six months.

The Spirit of Saragossa Retreat in Daily Life is sponsored by the North American Center for Marianist Studies.

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