St. Josemaria Escriva wrote: “Days on retreat. Recollection in order to know God, to know yourself and thus to make progress. A necessary time for discovering where and how you should change your life. What should I do? What should I avoid?” (Furrow, no. 175).

Throughout his priestly life, St. Josemaria Escriva preached many spiritual retreats to men, women, university students, priests and seminarians. He encouraged all who sought to have a deeper relationship with God to set apart a few days a year for a spiritual retreat.  A retreat is a time of quiet reflection and prayer, away from the daily routine, to examine one’s life in the presence of Jesus Christ: to see what is going well, to see what needs to change, to make resolutions and to begin again.

The spiritual retreats from the St. Josemaria Institute are audio collections of meditations preached by priests of Opus Dei to assist in making a retreat on your own. The retreats are recommended for anyone seeking to spend quiet time in prayer to go deeper in the Gospel, getting to know Jesus Christ, learning to pray, keeping the presence of God throughout their day, and finding direction and meaning at a particular time of life.

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To begin, select a spiritual retreat below and view our Guide for Making a Spiritual Retreat.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT COLLECTIONS

The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to offer complimentary access to all of our spiritual retreats through the generosity of the Friends of the St. Josemaria Institute. If you would like to help us continue making our resources free and accessible to all, consider offering the suggested donation at check-out (see below).

How to access the retreats:

    1. Click on any retreat below.
    2. Select Add to Cart.
    3. Select Add Donation to update your cart or proceed to checkout to access for free.
    4. After placing your order, you will receive the link and password to the retreat via email.
    5. Please bookmark the login page and password as you will need them to access to the retreat audio files.
    6. If you need assistance, please contact us at info@stjosemaria.org.

      Hand in Hand with Mary

      Hand in Hand with Mary

      Three-part audio retreat that guides us in the season of Lent to prepare, “hand in hand with Mary”, for the glorious Resurrection of her Son, Jesus Christ.

      The Vocation of Priesthood

      The Vocation of Priesthood

      Eleven-part audio retreat that invites clergy to contemplate their call to priesthood and shares practical applications to renew and strengthen their identity as a priest of Jesus Christ.

      The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

      The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

      Eight-part audio retreat that guides us through a deeper understanding of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and shares practical applications of how to foster these gifts in our daily life.

      St. Joseph, Father & Protector

      St. Joseph, Father & Protector

      Five-part audio retreat that guides us on a prayerful reflection on St. Joseph as our father and protector, and his role in our salvation.

      TO AND FROM EMMAUS

      TO AND FROM EMMAUS

      Seven-part audio retreat invites us to walk with the two disciples as they journey to Emmaus, encounter the Risen Lord, and experience a conversion of heart.

      Go to Joseph

      Go to Joseph

      Five-part audio retreat that invites us to contemplate the life of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ and model of virtue and leadership.

      The Temptations of Christ

      The Temptations of Christ

      Seven-part audio retreat that invites us to journey with Christ through six key moments in which he encountered and resisted temptation.

      The Conversion of St. Mark

      The Conversion of St. Mark

      Four-part audio retreat that invites us to accompany St. Mark through the central moment in his life in which we witness the man who was once a runaway from Christ become an evangelist for the Catholic faith.

      The Raising of Lazarus

      The Raising of Lazarus

      Eleven-part audio retreat that walks us through the Gospel account in which Christ demonstrates his power over death by restoring Lazarus to life, a prefigurement of our own resurrection to new life with Christ.

      In the Footsteps of Mary

      In the Footsteps of Mary

      Ten-part audio retreat that guides us through the life of Mary as we reflect upon the key moments the Holy Spirit impacted her life, culminating with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

      The Road to Emmaus

      The Road to Emmaus

      Five-part audio retreat that shares a story of conversion in which Christ opens our eyes, points us to the Word, and reveals Himself throughout our journey toward heaven.

      With Jesus at the Well

      With Jesus at the Well

      Seven-part audio retreat that invites us to reflect on the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman and to listen as God speaks to us and offers us "living water".

      In the Footsteps of St. Paul

      In the Footsteps of St. Paul

      Eight-part audio retreat that invites us to meditate step-by-step along the way to Damascus with Saint Paul as we relive his conversion in slow motion.