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Diocesan Retreat Centers and Spiritual Directors

Emmaus House

Dear Emmaus Community,

In adhering to national, state, city, and diocesan recommendations regarding COVID-19, and in our deep care and concern for the well-being of all, Emmaus House will not have Mass or Centering Prayer until further notice. We will be sure to keep you updated with any subsequent changes to our services and upcoming events. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be in touch with individuals and groups that have registered for various upcoming retreats and events. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Even as we engage in "social distancing," let us join together in spirit, holding each other in prayer, and experiencing within us the deep, eternal communion we share with our entire human family in God.

Wishing you, as well as your family & friends, continued hope and peace in God's love and care,

Emmaus House Staff & Board

Fifth Annual Ignatian Retreat


Although we are unable to gather in person due to the pandemic, we are excited to announce a new format and schedule for this year's Fifth Annual Ignatian Retreat!


This 4-Session Virtual Retreat via Zoom will take place on the following dates:

Session #1:  Monday, July 13th    7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

Session #2:  Tuesday, July 14th    7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

Session #3:  Thursday, July 16th    7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

Session #4:  Saturday, July 18th    9:00 to 11:00 A.M.


Even if you are unable to attend all four sessions at the above scheduled times, we hope you will still join us! All sessions will be held live via Zoom, recorded, and then available online after each session for those registered. Please visit our website for information regarding cost and to register to reserve your seat!


We are very blessed to have Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ, a gifted composer, musician, and spiritual director, as this year's presenter. During this 4-session virtual retreat, Fr. Dufford will share his beautifully composed music with us and invite us into contemplative experiences of imaginative prayer, encountering God in new and intimate ways! We hope you will join us for this wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and refresh your spirit! 

Ignatian Retreat:  Pray with Music


We are very blessed to have Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ, an internationally known musician & composer of liturgical music, as well as a spiritual director, as this year's presenter. Using his instrumental music specifically composed to support Ignatian contemplation, Fr. Dufford, SJ, will invite us to experience a dimension of meaning and feeling in our imaginative prayer which words alone cannot give. Previous experience with imaginative prayer is not necessary in order to attend. All are welcome!

Click here to register

Emmaus House Weekly Virtual Offerings

Due to ongoing interest, and with all that is going on in our world during this time, we have continued the three weekly virtual offerings below. These weekly offerings are open to all, and you are welcome to attend every week or any week you are available. 

Although there is no set fee to attend the weekly events below, if you are able and feel called to make a freewill donation, please visit our website. Emmaus House relies upon the generosity of participants and donors, like you, to sustain its ministry.  We are deeply grateful for your generosity, especially during this difficult time in our world!

We invite you to RSVP on our website for the virtual offering you plan to attend so that we can email you the link to the online gathering. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Whether or not you are able to join us for any of these events, let us join together in spirit as we pray for healing, compassion, and unity in our world!

Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference


Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is known as the Dynamic Deacon across America and beyond. His title is well-earned! Deacon's passion is intense as he drives home the critical importance of the sacraments, marriage and the family in the face of the current cultural climate. This international speaker and national radio host joins six other world-class speakers and performers at one of the largest Catholic conferences of its kind in the nation. Join thousands at Wells Fargo Arena Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27, or live stream the entire event. Let's Believe...Live...and Celebrate Our Faith!


Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference will follow guidelines to protect attendees from COVID-19. 

Attendees must protect themselves appropriately, assuming all risks associated with their attendance. 

Any individual with symptoms, or been exposed to COVID-19, or has COVID-19

is asked to refrain from attending the conference.



To learn more, contact our parish "Go To" folks: Heidi Ackerman, 641-203-5322 / heidimdittmer@gmail.com or

Dona Cowman, 515-383-4482 | racefans@iowatelecom.net 

No events until further notice.

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