The Diocese of Des Moines
Local retreat centers offer opportunities for Lent
February 9, 2015
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The Lenten season is a good time to explore the retreat centers here in the Diocese of Des Moines. We have three: the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, the St. Thomas More Center in Panora, and the Emmaus House in Des Moines. Each provides a serene setting and retreats that help us grow closer to Christ.

The Creighton University Retreat Center offers retreats and spiritual direction based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, several 30-day directed retreats or private retreats, weekend retreats for men, women and couples, facilities for large or small conferences and parish confirmation retreats. The center is set in 153 wooded acres teeming with wildlife, song birds, miles of hiking trails and a quiet setting. for more information, call 712-778-2466 or email Website is

The St. Thomas More Center, home of Catholic Youth Camp, serves the diocese by offering retreats and a facility for youth and young adults. New this year is Charis, a retreat for young Adults. This quiet setting, is on Lake Panorama, in the north central part of the diocese. For more information, call 515-309-1936, email or go to

Emmaus House is a retreat center in the midst of the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines. Near downtown, it offers an oasis of quiet in the midst of the busyness of daily life. The model for the ministry at Emmaus House is the disciples' encounger with the Risen Christ on the road to Emmaus in St. Luke's gospel. Spiritual directors are available for spiritual direction, directed retreats and to serve as a resource for days of reflection and renewal both at the house and other locations. Eucharist is celebrated at the house every Tuesday and Friday at noon and all are welcome to participate. For more informaiton, call 515-282-4839, email or go to Save to


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