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Directed Retreat - Friday-Monday, April 12-15, 2024 "Honoring the Inscape of Our Lives: A Retreat with the Art and Spirituality of Gerard Manley Hopkins," with Alison Umminger Mattison

Friday, 12 April '24   3 days
St. Francis Retreat Center, Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd, Moncks Corner SC 29461
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Due to the expenses incurred hosting directed retreats, the $400 must be paid at the time of booking. Cancellations made before March 22, 2024 may receive a full refund. After March 22, $300 will be refunded.

Gerard Manley Hopkins was both one of the greatest writers of the past two hundred years, and a deeply contemplative Jesuit priest. Join us as we experience his life and poetry as reflections of God's love and respect for every individual piece of creation. Just as Hopkins believed that every blade of grass had its own inscape, so retreatants will be invited to honor and enjoy the inscape of their own lives, through the twin gifts of Hopkins' poetry and Ignatian Spirituality.

Alison Umminger Mattison is a writer, Professor of English, and spiritual director trained at Loyola University's Institute for Pastoral Studies. She combines her love of art, narrative, and Ignatian Spirituality in both retreat and classroom settings. She is an award-winning short story writer and novelist, and her spiritual reflections can be found on LinkedIn and at

Rooms in the beautiful St. Francis Retreat Center include a bed, desk, reading chair, and private bath. Bed linens, towels, and soap are provided. Three vegetarian meals a day are included. Married couples or those traveling together can be accommodated in connecting rooms.

Vaccines and masks are no longer required.


Check-in is from 2-4 pm Eastern Time on Friday, and check-out is by no later than 9 am ET Monday to allow time for the rooms to be cleaned.

Please keep in mind that the gate closes at 6 pm




St. Francis Retreat Center
Mepkin Abbey
1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd
Moncks Corner SC 29461

(843) 761-8509 Opt 1