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Diocesan Retreat Centers and Spiritual Directors

Emmaus House

As we remain in the seemingly endless grip of winter, Lent has begun.  Take time and make space in order to hear God's loving invitation to us for this Lent, as well as to notice how we feel moved to respond.

Perhaps one of the offerings below will resonate with that invitation. If you have any questions or would like to know more about these offerings, please don't hesitate to email or call us. As always, everyone is most welcome! We hope you will join us!

In addition to these offerings, you might want to prayerfully consider spiritual direction, a day of private prayer, or a retreat at Emmaus House this Lent. Also, we have Mass every Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.

We wish you a very blessed and transformative Lenten season!

(Registration one week prior to the offerings below is deeply appreciated!)

Guided Retreat in Everyday Life: "Inner Peace in Darkness and Light"

This retreat, "Inner Peace in Darkness and Light," from The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen, S.J. is adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray daily throughout Lent, grow in deeper intimacy with God, and  journey with others. No prior experience is needed to make this retreat. All are welcome!

Tuesday Evenings: 6:00-7:30 p.m. March 12th, 19th, 26th & April 2nd, 9th, & 16th

​Wednesday Mornings: 9:00-10:30 a.m. March 13th, 20th, 27th & April 3rd, 10th, & 17th

Cost: $60.00 (including book)   $40.00 (if bringing own book)              Facilitator: Kevin O'Donnell

A Lenten Morning of Prayer with the Examen

During this Morning of Prayer with the Examen, we will explore how we can integrate this prayerful practice into our lives, prayerfully reflect upon the ways in which God has been present in our lives, and discern the unique ways in which God is inviting each of us into deeper relationship with God and others this Lenten season.

Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            Cost: $30.00               Facilitator: Kevin O'Donnell

Lenten Taizé Service

We hope you will join us at Emmaus House on April 1st for an evening of Taizé prayer. This is a wonderful opportunity to join together as we enter more fully into the Lenten season. This service will include Taizé music, prayer & selected readings, and communal silence. All are welcome! Although there is no registration fee, please RSVP by emailing Kevin O'Donnell at kevin@theemmaushouse.org.      Free Will Offering (Suggested Donation: $10)

Monday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.               Free Will Offering                  (Suggested Donation: $10)

For more information and to register, click here


Young Adult Ministry

Anyone in their 20s and 30s is invited to join Novos Young Adults for social, spiritual and service activities.  Events typically happen every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, with occasional weekend gatherings.  For more information on upcoming events visit our  Facebook page or email us

Want To Strengthen Your Marriage?

Join our marriage enrichment ministry The Third Option. This program is for all couples whether they are facing obstacles in their marriage or just trying to make a good thing better!  Couples will walk through 14 skills-based workshops to help them to grow in everything from understanding anger, cultivating respect, stopping a hurt spiral, understanding personality differences, restoring trust, and much more. For more info visit thethirdoption.com or www.dmdiocese.org/the-third-option.cfm  


We meet the first and third Mondays of the month from 7:00-9:00pm at Mercy College, 928 6th Avenue in Des Moines. Participants should use the north parking lot. A new session begins August 20.   

Creighton University Retreat Center

Griswold, Iowa         Website

Private/Individual Retreats

- Directed 8-day and 30-day Retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and offered throughout the year in hopes of meeting individual schedules.


- Private retreats of any duration with Spiritual Direction are available by request. 

To register or request more information for any of our scheduled retreats, please call or email:

Phone:  712-778-2466      Email:  curc@netins.net