Merciful Heart Hermitage

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“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

Mark 6:31

Merciful Heart Hermitage

The Merciful Heart Hermitage: A House of Prayer for Priests provides an environment of silence and solitude to help priests enter into deeper communion with the Blessed Trinity. As priests receive a deeper taste of the Father’s merciful love for them, and are more deeply united to the Heart of Jesus, they are then made ready to share this divine love and mercy with all those entrusted to their care. In the words of St. John Vianney, “the priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.”

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Oratory for Priests

The Merciful Heart Hermitage: A House of Prayer for Priests has been canonically established as an Oratory of the Diocese of Phoenix and is dedicated exclusively for the use of Catholic priests. The House of Prayer primarily serves priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Phoenix.  Priests from other dioceses are also welcome depending on availability of hermitages. Individually directed retreats are reserved exclusively for priests and are offered only certain times each year.

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Private Retreats

Private retreats are available to priests year-round, subject to availability of hermitages. Private retreats provide an opportunity for a deep degree of silence and solitude with which to encounter the Lord very personally. With private retreats, priests structure their day as they choose. The length of stay varies from one day to one week or longer. Retreats that are longer than two weeks require special permission. A priest is normally available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as one spiritual direction session if desired.

All linens, towels, dishware and utensils are provided.  All you need to bring is your own food to be prepared in the solitude of your own hermitage.  You may help yourself to the nonperishable food items that you will find in the hermitage, such as coffee, tea and cans of soup.

For priests serving in the Diocese of Phoenix, we ask for $40 per night for private retreats.  For priests from outside the Diocese of Phoenix, we ask for $50 per night for private retreats. Any additional donations you may wish to offer would be greatly appreciated, and will help provide for ongoing maintenance as well as future improvements to the facilities.  The preferred method of payment is by personal check.  Checks should be made payable to “Diocese of Phoenix / Merciful Heart.”

Individually Directed Retreats

Individually directed silent retreats in the Ignatian tradition are also offered to priests on a limited number of occasions throughout the year (click here for dates). The directed retreat is an intense, structured experience that helps a person grow in conversion by receiving more of God’s love and mercy in the depths of one’s being. The retreatant spends about four hours a day in personal prayer with the Sacred Scriptures and meets with a spiritual director once each day to share how his relationship with God is developing through his time of prayer.

We have space for up to four priests for each of these individually directed retreats.  All food is provided on these directed retreats.  Each hermitage is stocked with basic breakfast and lunch items, and the retreatants gather each evening in the main house for a prepared dinner that is shared together in silence.  All linens, towels, dishware and utensils are provided as well.

For priests serving in the Diocese of Phoenix, we ask for $60 per night for individually directed retreats. For priests from outside the Diocese of Phoenix, we ask for $80 per night for individually directed retreats. Any additional donations you may wish to offer would be greatly appreciated, and will help provide for ongoing maintenance as well as future improvements to the facilities.  The preferred method of payment is by personal check.  Checks should be made payable to “Diocese of Phoenix / Merciful Heart.”

The retreat begins with dinner on the first day of the retreat.  Priests traveling by plane should try and book their flight to arrive as close to noon as possible (or shortly thereafter) so as to allow for time to travel to the Hermitage and settle in.  The retreat concludes in the morning, after Mass, on the last day.  Priests traveling by plane should try and book their flight close to noon (or shortly thereafter) on the last day of retreat.