Retreats at St. Cesaire, Quebec

St. Ignatius of Loyola: A war wound ended his military career in 1521—while St. Ignatius recovered—he read the lives of the saints. He converted and wrote his famous "Spiritual Exercises".

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, (composed from 1522-1524) are a set of Christian meditations, prayers and mental exercises, divided into four thematic 'weeks' of variable length, designed to be carried out over a period of 28 to 30 days.

They were composed with the intention of helping the retreatant to discern Jesus in his life, leading him or her to a personal commitment to follow him. The 'Spiritual Exercises' booklet was formally approved in 1548 by Paul III. The exercises are now commonly condensed into five days, as they are at St. Joseph Center.

Retreat Schedule 2021

English Men October 18 - 23
  Women October 4 - 9
French Men July 26 - July 31
    December 13 - 18
  Women January 18 - 23
    Marial Retreat May 10 - 15
    July 19 - 24

Our retreats start on Monday at 11:30 am. They end on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

Register Online Today!

Or fill out the Application Form for Retreats (PDF) and return it by email ([email protected]) or by mail at:

Saint Joseph Center
1395 rue Notre-Dame
Saint-Césaire, QC
J0L 1T0
T. : (450) 390 1323

Saint Joseph Center, Chapel

What do I need bring?

- First of all, a spirit of faith and confidence in God, Who can work wonders by His Di- vine Grace, through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

- Bring:

  • rosary
  • missal
  • Christian Warfare book
  • notebook with pen

- You may also bring a copy of the Imitation of Christ and the New Testament. Please do not bring any other reading materials.

- Bedsheets and towels are provided for by the retreat house, but please bring personal toiletries (including soap).

Dress Code

- For a spiritual retreat, you are asked to ensure that you are properly attired at all times. Clothing should be modest and comfortable but, not casual.

- Clothing which is considered inappro-priate includes:

  • t-shirts with logos
  • shorts
  • sports outfits denim jeans
  • short sleeves
  • short or tight skirts pants (for ladies)

How to get to Saint-Césaire?

By bus, train or plane: Please send your schedule to the Retreat House, we will pick you up either in Montréal, Granby, Saint-Césaire or Saint-Hyacinthe. 

By car: Take exit 48 on the 10 and exit 128 on the 20 West. The Centre Saint-Joseph is very close to the parish church and in front of the Jean Coutu pharmacy.

Pull Yourself Together in 5 Days!

Register Online Today!

Or fill out the Application Form for Retreats (PDF) and return it by email ([email protected]) or by mail at:

Saint Joseph Center
1395 rue Notre-Dame
Saint-Césaire, QC
J0L 1T0