Located in St. Louis, Missouri…
The White House is a Jesuit retreat house that offers 3 day preached retreats throughout that year. Since it first opened in 1922 retreats have been offered on the beautiful 80-acre campus. Located on the Mississippi river, each of the retreats is guided by four or five priests who make themselves available for private conferences during the duration of the retreat. People of all faiths are welcomed here and are encouraged to come and take part.
Participants at the retreat can expect mass each morning and in the evening there is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. During the day they are welcome to explore the expansive campus and pray at one of the many shrines onsite.
Upon arrival at the house guests are assigned a small, private room that include a private bathroom and shower. White House staff will be available to answer questions and assist guests in settling into their rooms. It is suggested that you take the time to explore the grounds and acquaint yourself with the staff and others who might be taking part in the retreat. If it is your first time visiting you will receive a welcome packet with all of the information needed for the entirely of your stay as well as a detailed itinerary outlining all that you will experience while on-site.
Silence is a big part of the retreat process…
As it allows the guest time to journey inward and take part in renewal of their mind, body and spirit. The silent portion of the retreat typically begins after the completion of you first meal with opportunities for conversation after dinner each day for those who chose to participate.
In addition to the retreats at the White House, there is opportunity to take part in workshops and featured conversations throughout the year. Guests for these events range from visiting Priests to community organizers. The schedule varies throughout the year with upcoming opportunities listed online at whretreat.org.
It should be noted that the White House has never had a fixed charge for their retreats. Since opening the rule of thumb has been to ask for a free will offering from the retreatants, based on what they are able to give.