Holy Spirit Retreat Center, as a chartered ministry of the Sisters of Social Service, is rooted in Scripture and the spirit of St. Benedict. We strive to create an atmosphere of prayer and hospitality where community is nourished, each person can thrive and an interfaith environment is fostered.


A Letter from the Executive Director

Sister Chris Machado

Dear Friends of Holy Spirit Retreat Center,

One of the items on my “Bucket List” is making a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The Camino is an almost 500-mile journey that begins in northern France and continues through Spain, ending in the city of Santiago. Those who have made the journey speak of how transformative the experience was for them. The Women at the Well group just completed a two year “pilgrimage” with Joyce Rupp’s book, “Walking in a Relaxed Manner,” in which she details her journey on the Camino and all of the life lessons she learned along the way. Walking the path of life brings numerous similar life lessons and opportunities for transformation. We need only be open to the voice of the Guide who accompanies us along the way. In Isaiah 30: 20-21, the prophet reminds us that as we walk the path, “When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ God, our Teacher and Guide, is always there behind us, directing us along the way. The theme for this Center Update is “This Is The Path, Walk In It.” We thought this was an appropriate theme for these times in which things are not always clear, and the path seems to disappear amidst the brush and rubble. We hope that our upcoming offerings will offer greater clarity and some guidance as you make your way on the pilgrimage of life. Wherever you go in life’s journey, we hope the path will lead to Holy Spirit Retreat Center. Think of us as a refuge along the way, and stop in for a time of rest, reflection and renewal. May your way be blessed!

Your fellow pilgrim,

Chris Machado, S.S.S.