COVID-19: Note that the monastery in Rougemont is closed to visitors until 2022.
Our retreats at this location are therefore cancelled.

New Initiative - Pray with Scripture Online

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

Welcome to all who desire to deepen your relationship with God. Come and join us, and learn how to pray with scripture in the way of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

During this time when many of us are confined to our homes, Montreal Directed Retreats (MDR) supported by the English Speaking Catholic Council (ESCC) will be offering daily online sessions beginning Monday, May 11 at 10:30. The sessions will be free and accessible to all through Zoom.

Each session will include a short teaching on the Ignatian method of prayer, listening to a Scripture reading and entering into the experience. Following a quiet time, there will be opportunity for sharing (optional). The sessions will be 45 minutes in duration and will run from Monday to Friday.

If you wish to join us, please fill out this registration form and click send. When registration is complete, we will send you a Zoom link to join the group (the link will only be shared with participants who register in order to maintain online security). Your contact information will not be shared.

Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who might be interested. Note that praying with Scripture is not bible study but rather a method of prayer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Seeking Inner Peace

For the past 48 years, Montreal Directed Retreats has been helping individuals of various faiths to find “rest for their souls” through silent personally directed weekends.

A “Retreat” is a time for drawing back from the bustle of daily living and the stress thereof in order to gain perspective for life’s many challenges and to recenter one’s life in God.

Although a weekend may seem a very short time, God can “do marvellous things” in our souls. Indeed, the Lord awaits us with open arms to give us guidance and abundant blessings. We have only to open ourselves to God’s generosity. Will you accept the invitation?

We welcome you to this site and invite you to take some time away for yourself.

To learn about retreat centres in the Montreal area, click here.

Upcoming Retreat Weekends

At Villa Saint-Martin:
Weekend: CDN$250 with private bathroom, CDN$220 with shared bathroom.
Holy Week 3-day retreat: CDN$375 with private bathroom, CDN$330 with shared bathroom.

At Cistercian Abbey, CDN$175, with full payment due one month before retreat date. Registration closes two weeks before retreat start date.
For retreats at the Cistercian Abbey, some rooms are available at CDN$155. Ask the registrar.

Five-day summer retreat
August 9 - 13, 2021 at the Villa Saint-Martin, Pierrefonds. Cost is $500. Contact the registrar for details.

Join our mailing list to receive schedule of retreats annually.

Contact us or call (514) 781-3773.