Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House

More than 50 years ago, retreat house founder Monsignor Clare J. O’Dwyer dreamt that this house would serve as a “Spiritual Powerhouse for Young People,” and that dream came true. But now, with the challenge and health concerns associated with the current pandemic, the O’Dwyer Retreat House has had to make significant improvements to their facility to welcome back groups in a safe manner. Multiple churches and high school groups have already used the updated video broadcasting system at O’Dwyer to Zoom their retreats between different meeting spaces on campus, while remote participants joined the retreats online. Working in collaboration with the Archdiocese, the O’Dwyer staff has implemented extensive measures that enable retreatants to safely, “come apart and rest awhile” as they grow in their relationships with God. Annual Appeal dollars helped the Monsignor O’Dwyer House sustain its operations.