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.
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 >>
This NEW midweek retreat is for those that have been in recovery for many years and are looking for something in their senior years that will add to their spiritual path of recovery. $175 per person
A retreat that brings together alcoholic men in recovery to share in prayer and reflection to further
open the spiritual path to recovery. The retreat is based upon the spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This retreat will be similar
12 Step Study Workshop For Members of Al-Anon. Step Study is an essential part of recovery for people in Al-Anon. During this weekend you will complete an intensive study of the 12 Steps in fellowship and a spiritual environment, sharing our experience, strength and hope. Bring a copy of "Paths To Recovery." Optional: "Reaching For Personal Freedom.
A Franciscan celebration of
the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Begins with First Vespers
of Christmas followed by a blessing of the crèche and tree.
Festivities will continue with a Christmas Eve dinner and
concludes after the Mass at Midnight. ($85.00 per person
includes overnight accommodation.)
An opportunity to give
thanks to God for blessings received during the past year and to ask for continued blessings in the New Year. Includes
optional interfaith prayer service for peace at the nearby Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery.
Begins with First
Vespers, includes a festive New Year’s Eve dinner and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and concludes with
a torchlight procession at midnight and the First Mass of
the New Year. ($60 per person)
2015 RETREAT INFORMATION AND HELPFUL LINKS:
For more information about the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center and its programs and availability, call (845) 424-3671 Ext. 2111, email GraymoorCenter@AtonementFriars.org.
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.
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.
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...