Mons Nubifer Sanctus is a Christian spiritual retreat center easily accessed from the New York City  / New Jersey metropolitan area. We offer small group and one-on-one training in the Christian spiritual life with a focus on contemplative prayer. Rooted in the fullness of the ancient faith, our programs are open to all, regardless of ecclesial background.

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For he will render to every man according to his works.

Romans 2:6

And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.

Revelation 20:12-13

Habit shapes character, and character shapes who and what we are.

What are our habits? Checking phones, watching t.v., surfing the web, chasing this and running away from that, dreaming and struggling. Christian character is deepened by forming Christian habits. Being a Christian is not ultimately about holding a set of beliefs. It is a practice, a way of being, and this practice begins with regular prayer. The life of faith is rooted in taking quality time to commune with God; to study; to participate in the sacramental life of the Church; to be in direct, face-to-face relationship with others who are striving to realize Christian character aimed at the vision and glory of God.

Maintaining the practice of being Christian requires the support and guidance of others. It takes a village to make a Christian. At the same time, living the Christian life requires that we come apart from the routines of a confused world into a place of simplicity and clarity, a desert place.

This mix of solitude and communion are what make for the deep learning on offer at a Christian spiritual retreat at Mons Nubifer Sanctus. Though we each stand as unique creations beloved of God, our programs are not for those who are interested in finding their own private “truths”, but for those who yearn to realize what is, in the end, the profoundest truth of our lives.

At the heart of our programming is the Prayer Vigil, a silent immersion retreat focused on the engagement of contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer, or hesychia (silence, stillness), is a disciplined way of working with the body, the will, the emotions and the intellect. Hesychia brings peace, opens us to truth, and helps us to trustingly yield our lives to the transfiguring light of God, the spiritual source of your being.

Perfectly situated on the hemlock forested banks of the Little Delaware River in New York’s northwestern Catskill Mountains, our historic buildings and peaceful grounds provide the perfect setting for this most important work. Mons Nubifer Sanctus also serves as both a private and group Christian spiritual retreat center.

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