O’Dwyer and Mt. Saint Joseph – 57 years strong!

Mount Saint Joseph has always enjoyed a very special relationship with the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House.

We were the first official retreat there back in 1963, and we were also the first group to run a retreat after these past months of a COVID shut down. Each year, six to seven groups of 30-40 young men (hundreds over our time there) have been blessed by the hospitality and holiness of the place.  This past August, with great success, we adjusted our typical three day/two night Junior Retreat to a two day/no overnight retreat that still managed to provide a very meaningful experience for our students.

Over the decades we have allied with O’Dwyer, many of our alums cite their Junior Retreat as a turning point in their lives and a highlight of their high school experience.  In fact, many are so impacted, they return as adult leaders to share their testimonies, act as role models for our current students, and relive some of the spirit of their own retreat!


Three days is the perfect amount of time to spend away on retreat.  It is amazing to see students when they first enter the large, sprawling retreat house, maybe with trepidation in their eyes, and witness the transformation that always happens there.  Surrounded as it is by nature and quietude, filled as it is with the attentive and caring staff, in a very short time, the place becomes home.


Especially in these challenging times, the Mount stands committed to O’Dwyer and to what happens there, just at O’Dwyer has been steadfastly committed to providing a holy and deeply meaningful retreat experience for thousands of young people in our Archdiocese.


The Mount Saint Joseph Theology Team