Cabrini Retreat Center, Where the Heart Finds a Home
Mother Cabrini, by word and example, tied all her mission activity to a life centered in prayer. The Missionary Sisters opened Cabrini Retreat Center in 1957 to serve the spiritual needs of the Missionary Sisters and the wider community.
Dedicated to prayer, discernment and community building the center welcomes guests of all faiths and community service organizations. Each group is assigned a Missionary Sister Prayer Partner to unite with them in the important work of their retreat or meeting.
The Cabrini Retreat Center facility provides:
Large and small meeting spaces
73 private bedrooms
Home cooked meals
An attentive staff
Enclosed swimming pool
More than 250,000 guests have grown in faith and hope at Cabrini Retreat Center. Faithful to Mother Cabrini’s desire to provide care to those most in need, the Center‘s ministry to teens and immigrants has more than doubled in the last decade.
Teens on a Kairos Retreat send Valentines to their MSC Prayer Partners.
“We need young people who are alert and searching, trying to respond to God’s dream and to all the restlessness present in the human heart.”
Pope Francis at World Youth Day, July 2016
Thousands of youth each year are challenged to disconnect from phones and computers and become alert to the stirring of the Spirit within. (See the following reflection from Pope Francis.)
Each of the guests of Cabrini Retreat Center has a special prayer companion during their retreat. Sr. Grace Waters, MSC organizes the “Prayer Partner” program that links an individual Missionary Sister with a specific group of teens or adults.
The Retreat Center staff and guests are always grateful for this sharing in the mission. Each group is “introduced” to their Prayer Partner though a bulletin board that displays a photo and name of the Sister – in their welcome, the Hospitality Team names the Sisters to the group.
“The staff and youth minister are privileged to see miracles everyday – hearts touched, lives changed by God’s grace. “Thank you” seems a inadequate to response to our Sister Sponsors and Prayer Partners,” says Retreat Center Director Nancy Golen in the name of the Retreat Center Team.
Cabrini Retreat Center
9430 Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016