The Hermitage is a separate building designed for an individual seeking to spend time in solitude and prayer. Nestled in a wooded area behind the Franciscan Monastery, it includes a sleeping area, kitchenette with washer and dryer, full bathroom, closet and private deck. The Hermitage is wheelchair accessible for those with special needs.
Linens and cooking utensils are provided, but guests are responsible for their own meals (grocery stores are located nearby). Pets and smoking are not permitted. Because the purpose of the Hermitage is to provide a place of solitude and time away from the demands of everyday life, the building does not have Internet access.
About the Building
The Hermitage was designed by students from The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture. Their design was based on the idea that each moment in our profane lives can be an opportunity for sacred appreciation and meditation. This guided everything from the choice of natural materials and textures to the orientation of the Hermitage facing east toward Jerusalem.
A retreat typically is one to seven nights, though it is possible to arrange a longer stay, based upon availability.
As a guest, you are welcome to attend daily Mass with the friars and to enjoy quiet contemplation in the historic Monastery church (tours are available), our many shrines, and the beautiful gardens located on our 42-acre property. Hermitage guests also are invited to make private visits to the Alverna Chapel. Confession is offered daily.