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A Special Place of Silence

Important Information from the Provincial of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Letter from the Provincial to Retreatants [27.07.2022]

Dear Retreatants,

We are writing to you today to inform you that St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park is about to undergo some significant changes; to renew and refresh current places of prayer facilities, land management and business operations which includes the Retreat Centre.

As the Provincial Superior of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, together with the Provincial Council, after engaging in prayerful discernment, we have decided to allow the Retreat Centre business to enter a 'fallow' time. Therefore, the St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre in-house retreat programs will be rested until further notice.

As a consequence of this, the remainder of the 2022 program and the complete 2023 scheduled retreat in-house program, will be cancelled from 4 September 2022. This does not include retreat bookings by external groups. However, day visits, private retreats, spiritual direction or ministry supervision services will cease during this time.

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Please note, St Mary's Towers is a private property and ALL VISITORS to the property including the bush must pre-book their visit. It is highly recommended that visitors be up to date with Flu and COVID Vaccinations. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

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St Mary’s Towers, set on 500 hectares of natural bush land, is home to a way of life. In keeping with the charism of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, it is steeped in a spirituality of the heart. This creates a beautiful and peaceful environment with a supportive and praying community for anyone seeking to relax and enjoy communion with God. Our community is motivated and informed by their personal experience of the love of the heart of Jesus and is dedicated to providing a space for people to listen deeply to God in their personal lives and in creation. We treasure the gift of silence and solitude in prayer. We offer a variety of retreat experiences throughout the year as well as day visits for individuals and groups. Retreats can be tailored to individual circumstances. Our Retreat Team is available during retreats and for ongoing direction.