Lake Elmo, Minnesota
The Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House is located on the shores of Lake De Montreville in Lake Elmo, Minn. Each year, more than 3,000 men from all walks of life participate in retreats at the center. Retreats at Demontreville have one theme: to know, love and serve God in this world.
Each man enjoys a private room in one of six Dutch colonial homes at the retreat center. The chapel, dining room and lounge area are in the main building.
Retreats are offered on 47 weekends throughout the year, and the daily schedule includes four or five general conferences of approximately 30 minutes each. Conferences are based on the Spiritual Exercises and are followed by a free period to reflect on the matter presented and to apply the ideas to one's own life. Staff members are available during these periods for private consultation.
The Eucharist is celebrated daily, and the sacrament of reconciliation is also available. There are also daily opportunities to participate in the rosary and Benediction. Stations of the Cross can be made privately anytime during the retreat.
Strict silence is maintained throughout the weekend, except for an optional recreation period after dinner on Friday and Saturday. Being silent in a beautiful natural setting with no agenda and nowhere to go, waiting and listening for God to speak are key ingredients for communicating with God.