Retreat for the Seriously Ill

The October retreat has been canceled due to the COVD-19 pandemic.
Stay tuned for information about other retreat opportunities.

Come away for the weekend—celebrate life –enjoy respite from day-to-day activities—experience spiritual renewal—rejoice in the love of our Lord Jesus!

The Retreat for People Facing Serious Illness offers a unique opportunity for persons who face serious physical illness to come away for a weekend retreat of spiritual renewal and refreshment. Celebrate life and the love of the Lord Jesus in a beautiful and comfortable place among caring and generous people.

The retreat is staffed by a team of gentle and attentive health care professionals who are available to you throughout the weekend to ensure that your medical needs are met. Experienced physicians and nurses, priests, helpers and volunteers are present to see that you are comfortable and are provided what you may need during the retreat.

The retreat is open to men and women.  

Read the Arlington Catholic Herald story about the retreat


Retreat Setting

Retreats are held twice a year, in the summer and fall, at the San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post, Virginia.

The facility is located in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley on 150 acres of rolling countryside. The beautiful property invites communion with our Creator and renewal of spirit.

Accommodations include 30 rooms that are furnished with private baths and double beds, a chapel, a dining room, a library, and courtyards. Some special medical equipment can be provided as well as special diets for your weekend. 

Weekend Program and Costs

There is no cost to you for the retreat. Each participant’s expenses are covered by the generous donations of friends who have supported the retreat since 1978.

The retreat schedule is designed to celebrate the love of the Lord Jesus Christ through prayer times, talks by our priest directors, celebration of the liturgy, quiet time, and ample periods of rest. The retreat begins Friday afternoon and ends Sunday with a closing Mass.

If you are interested in attending the retreat, there is an application process where we will talk about your needs and help plan for your retreat. 


Please email contact information to or call the main phone line at (703) 335-2779 and dial option "9" for information on the retreat. To leave a message dial ext. 14. A nurse from the retreat team will be in contact with you about care needs and the application process.

To respect privacy, please only provide the following information below by email or voicemail:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Available times to call back 

If you are applying on behalf of a family member, spouse or friend, please ensure they are available to speak directly with the nurse during the application phone call, or fill out the application here.          


Please contact us if you are a medical professional and are interested in supporting this mission. The retreat is sustained through volunteer nurses, physicians, helpers and supportive donors and we invite you to experience this opportunity to serve! Please follow the Volunteer link to sign-up or email general inquiries to