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Graymoor Spiritual Life Center


Since they opened their Spiritual Life Center at Graymoor in 1970, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have offered people of many different religious traditions and all walks of life an opportunity to slow down and encounter the Spirit in their lives.

Graymoor Spiritual Life Center Visitor Center
Spiritual Life Center, Graymoor
Garrison, New York

The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center offers a year-round schedule of weekend, weekday, and evening retreats and programs designed for both groups and individuals, including married couples, seniors, young adults, clergy, and men and women in recovery. Others focus on specific topics that meet proven needs — e.g., spirituality of the twelve steps, what Christians can learn from the insights and practices of Buddhists, etc.

The Center also hosts meetings, conferences, and days of renewal for parish and church groups, high school and college students, and denominational and interreligious organizations. It provides chapel space, meeting rooms, dining facilities, and overnight accommodations.

The Center is also the location for weekly holy hours and Centering Prayer experiences and regular AA, NA, Alanon, and Recovery, Inc., meetings.

The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center is located at 1320 Route 9 in Garrison, NY, five miles north of Peekskill, NY, and 13 miles south of I-84. Take MetroNorth's Hudson River Line from Grand Central (or 125th Street) to Peekskill, taxi from Peekskill to Graymoor. Driving Directions >>


Fri., Sep. 25 – Sun., Sep. 27

A DeMello conference to rediscover your life: wake up to its joy! Become more aware of the joy that lives in the center of each moment of your life.

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Fri., Oct. 2 – Sun., Oct. 4

This retreat will explore the lives
and the writing of the two most known influences of the Franciscan tradition, St. Francis and Clare. It will focus on living a simple life today as a model of becoming and being instruments of peace.

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Fri., Oct. 9 – Sun., Oct. 11

Spend an autumn weekend photographing outdoors and exploring your spiritual and creative side where nature serves as a source of inspiration and enlightenment. Especially beneficial for people in recovery. (Spend another day, departing Mon. Oct. 12, for an additional $65.)

Tue., Oct. 13 – Fri., Oct. 16
$175 per person, single or double occupancy

An opportunity to inaugurate Older Americans Month and reflect on one’s relationship with God and with other people. Arrive Tuesday at 3:00 PM and return home Friday after lunch.

Fri., Oct. 16 – Sun., Oct. 18

Back by popular demand, this
retreat can help you discover and heal your Child Within.

Fri., Oct. 23 – Sun., Oct. 25

$250 single occupancy, $200 per person, double occupancy

In collaboration with the Appalachian Mountain Club, this program provides participants an opportunity to fully experience the spirit of nature while relaxing the mind. It will include social interaction, nature education, and instill a sense of gratitude for our healthy beings. (space limited)



Upcoming Graymoor Spiritual Life Center Events >>

View our 2015 Retreat Schedule including details regarding registration, rates and accommodations >>

Pre-Register For a Retreat Online >>

Print a PDF Copy of the 2015 Retreat Schedule >>

View a List of 2015 Recovery Retreats >>

For more information about the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center and its programs and availability, call (845) 424-3671 Ext. 2111, email

Christian Unity and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

Early in the life of the new Episcopalian community call the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Father Paul Wattson, the founder, was committed to the ministry of "at-one-ment," that is, prayer and work for the reconciliation of Christians and their churches, making them at-one. As far as he was concerned, the members of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement would pray and work for the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer that all may be one so that the world may believe. Christian Unity and Christian Mission would go hand in hand, thus forming the goal of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

The Friars of the Atonement Ecumenical Ministries

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Since 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating on a common international text for worldwide usage. Since 1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute.
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The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute
The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, is an information and service organization serving primarily, but not exclusively, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States in its mission of Christian Unity and interreligious dialogue. Learn more...

Ecumenical Unity Research
The Centro Pro Unione, founded and directed by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, is an ecumenical research and action center. Its purpose is to give space for dialogue, to be a place for study, research, and formation in ecumenism: theological, pastoral, social, and spiritual.
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Paul Wattson Lectures
The Paul Wattson Lectures honor the memory of the Rev. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863–1940), founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and pioneer for the cause of Christian Unity. The lectures annually feature national and international leaders in the fields of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue to speak on current topics of interest. Learn more...

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