About The 

Beloved Retreat 


The Beloved Retreat Experience:

The Beloved Retreat was founded in 1999 by Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois and was started in Canada in 2016 by Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson and our Canadian team. Now in partnership with Deacon David Ducharme, the director of Holy Family Retreat House in Oxley, Ontario, we promise to make your experience unforgettable.

Our hope is that, together, we can rediscover what often eludes us, but what God wants us to know: that we are Beloved! We offer a safe, open and inclusive environment in a quiet, pastoral setting where you can explore your relationship with God and yourself.

The Beloved Retreat is an interactive weekend retreat experience (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) inviting participants to contemplate the unlikely, giddy, and provocative prospect we are actually passionately Loved by God. More than 2,000 people have participated in the Retreat during the course of the last twenty-five years. In Canada the Retreat is held twice a year (April and October) and welcomes retreatants whose demographics are, gratefully, very diverse: Single and married; long standing church members, and those who have never crossed the threshold of a Church; young people and “seasoned veterans;” “Practicing” Catholics, Alienated Catholics, Hurt Catholics, “Iffy” Catholics and those from other religious traditions. The retreat has proved to be invigorating, healing, transformative, provocative and comforting for many. 

Please consider joining us!

Following the retreat, you will have opportunities to stay in touch through Legacy Dinners, Small Group Faith Sharing and annual events — to help us stay connected and to deepen our roots as a community of believers.