Being a retreat host is an amazing and rewarding experience. If you have questions or are interested please contact Dianna Roby.
Retreat Host Ministry Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
QUESTION: Do I have to be an oblate?
Answer: No, anyone may be an abbey retreat host.
QUESTION: How many hosts are needed for a typical retreat?
Answer: Ideally two people, a man and a woman. Sometimes a third (someone just learning to be a host) is also a big help. And if there is only one person, that might be OK too. It all depends on the retreat.
QUESTION: I can't be at the abbey the entire time, could I come part of the time to help?
Answer: Sure. Come and give the time you can.
QUESTION: I am not sure I know what to do. Are there written guidelines?
Answer: Yes. And one of the most important things a retreat host will do is pass information and questions on to Dianna by text or a phone call. You are Dianna's eyes and ears at the abbey. You are not expected to have all the answers.
QUESTION: I can pass information on to Dianna. What else would I be doing?
Answer: Greeting retreat guests and making them feel welcome. Today's spiritual pilgrims need the friendly greeting, "You are welcome at Saint Leo Abbey."
QUESTION: Greeting and welcoming guests at the abbey, that's sounds really Benedictine. I can do that. What else could I do?
Answer: Help guests, abbey staff, and Brother James in the gift shop as you are inclined and feel comfortable. There is always something to do at an abbey. The dining room always needs extra help during a big retreat.
QUESTION: If I stay overnight is there a cost? And what about meals?
Answer: There is no cost to retreat hosts and meals are provided too. There is a two-room host suite with its own bathroom and sitting area. Other appropriate separate accommodations are made depending on the hosts.
QUESTION: What if someone asks me a question or I encounter a problem?
Answer: Text or call Dianna.
QUESTION: As a retreat host, will I learn about the abbey and monastic life from the inside?
Answer: Yes. Being a retreat host allows you to be part of the abbey's apostolate which is providing spiritual retreats. You will see how
ora et labora (prayer and work) are both present in the monastic day.
QUESTION: Are there forms I need to fill out to be a retreat host?
Answer: Yes, Dianna will provide those to you.