Dear Friends of St. Anne's Shrine,
In September 2013, Saint Anne's Shrine opened five cabins to provide overnight facilities for a wide range of retreats and spiritual programming. Each cabin has a full kitchen, living/dining room space, screened porch, three bathrooms and four bedrooms containing two bunk beds. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, internet radio and a flat screen TV with access to local stations and Chromecast capability. These cabins, which can accommodate up to eighty people, are furnished with comfortable furniture and state-of-the-art appliances.
A sixth cabin was added in 2015 to be used for short periods of time for young men discerning their call to the priesthood. This also provides a private space for individuals on retreat; particularly for priests, religious and lay ministers, and devout faithful.
Additional conference space is available with the completion of an oval wing to the Boucher Building which houses the dining room, gift shop and offices. The expanded space was constructed using natural oak wood and includes a Rumford fireplace. The lower level contains six private reflection rooms for spiritual direction meetings and/or private meditation.
The Shrine is now an ideal location to hold retreats for women and men seeking to know and do God’s will. The serene setting of the Shrine provides retreatants the opportunity to encounter the risen Christ and deepen one’s relationship with the living God. Our new facilities provide opportunities for groups such as parish councils, school staff, religious communities and families wishing to experience spiritual growth in a retreat setting. Sacramental marriage preparation and Marriage Encounter weekends are each held twice during fall and spring. Those making private pilgrimages are welcome with letter of sponsorship from one’s parish pastor.
Thank you for your prayers and support for the Shrine. May God bless you in your generosity. I hope you continue to join with us in building for the future.
Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E.