Looking for a prayerful way to recharge your batteries and get ready for Lent? “Come away to a deserted place and rest awhile” (Mk 6:31).

The good people at the Holy Mountain Franciscan Retreat Center for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Graymoor, up in Garrison, New York, have invited me there to lead a retreat for deacons next month.

Some may remember that I paid a visit  last summer. It’s a beautiful spot (though I imagine there will be a few less leaves on the trees in February than there were in July.)

I’ll be joined by Deacon Tom Rich, Tertiary of the Society of the Atonement (TSA), from the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Details, from the Graymoor website: 

Out of the Ashes: Praying, Preaching , Preparing for Lent

Friday, February 18 – Sunday, February 20

In preparation for the Lenten Season, this retreat is an opportunity for Deacons to come together in fellowship and fraternity for a weekend of prayer, conferences and shared meals.

The cost for this retreat is $285 per person. The cost includes all conferences and materials, 2 nights and 5 meals.

All attendees for this retreat must be vaccinated.

To register, visit this link. 

The friary stands on a spectacular hilltop in the Catskills about 50 miles north of New York City. If you don’t want to drive, it’s easy to get there by train. From Grand Central Station, you can take a Metro North train to Garrison, just north of Peekskill, and catch a taxi or Uber for the five-minute drive from there to the Holy Mountain.

Hope I’ll see you there!