We hope that these frequently asked questions about Christ’s Peace House of Prayer are helpful in planning your visit! If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to call us at 913-773-8255 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Q What forms of payment do you accept? |
We prefer donations to be made by check or cash when you arrive, however, we also take credit cards via PayPal.
Q Do you offer sabbaticals?
Yes. A sabbatical retreat provides an opportunity to come away for a longer period of prayer, rest, and renewal for a one month or more. Sabbatical guests are invited to share meals and daily periods of prayer with the resident staff and other guests, or to take meals in their cabin if they prefer silent mealtimes. Other than meals and prayer periods, the retreatant’s day can be spent in personal prayer, journaling, spiritual reading, walking, working on creative projects, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature and the deep quiet of the forest. Spiritual direction is available.
Q How many people can the center accommodate?
We have 18 individual spaces for guests – 6 cabins – 2 hermitages – 3 courtyard rooms – 5 guest rooms – 2 overflow guest rooms with twin sleeper sofas. If married couples are sharing the cabins and courtyard rooms then we can accommodate a total of 27 people. Christ’s Peace House of Prayer reserves the right to book individual and sabbatical retreats throughout the year. Please note that often not all the spaces are available as there is typically a sabbatical using one of the spaces. Call to check availability before booking a group retreat if all the spaces are needed.
Q Are you handicap accessible?
One of our Courtyard Rooms is available to people with physical challenges. This room can be accessed without having to leave the main building, which is one level. It has a private bathroom, kitchenette, wifi, and deck. This room is the closest room to our chapel and community rooms.
Q Is electricity, WiFi and cell coverage available?
Electricity is available in the main building, cabins and hermitages.
WiFi is accessible in two of our courtyard guest rooms, all the guest rooms, and the great room. Guests staying in the cabins and hermitages may reserve a guest room or parlor if it is available to work privately on the internet if necessary. Headphones must be used at all times to listen to your devise in the main building. Please note that the download speed is 20 meg and the upload speed is 1.5meg. Please let us know if you plan to use the internet for full day zoom meetings or activity other then occasional use.
Cell coverage is spotty but it’s usable – AT&T has the best coverage in our area. To maintain a prayerful contemplative atmosphere, we ask that guests not use cell phones in communal areas and to be respectful of your neighbor in the main building.
Q What is spiritual direction? Is it provided?
Spiritual direction is a ministry of compassionate presence while seeking to help another attempt to understand God’s ways and manifestations in the journey of life. It is a privileged time and place for a person to reflect with a spiritual director about one’s relationship with God. Retreat guests may meet with a spiritual director once during their stay at no cost; a suggested offering for additional sessions is $20 per session.
Persons also may wish to come to Christ’s Peace House of Prayer solely to meet with a spiritual director — in that case, the suggested donation is $20 per session. This is of course a suggested donation. No one should ever feel that compassionate guidance is unattainable due to financial constraints, please just give as you are able.
Q Do you sell gift certificates?
Gift certificates for a stay are available. What nicer gift is there to give than the gift of time with the Lord? To obtain a gift certificate, please send a check to Christ’s Peace, along with the following information:
– Your name, address and phone number
– The name and address of the gift recipient
– The length of the stay you wish to provide
– Whether we should send the certificate to you or directly to the recipient
Upon receipt of payment, we will send the certificate, along with a brochure, either to you or directly to the gift recipient.
Q Are there books and other media available?
We have both a bookstore and a good-sized library of books as well as a smaller selection of CDs and DVDs that may be borrowed by guests. Portable DVD/CD players are available.
Q What does one do on a retreat?
Eucharistic Adoration is a regular feature at Christ’s Peace. Guests are welcome to join the staff for prayers four times a day as we pray the liturgy of the hours, the angelus, and other prayers. If you are unfamiliar with these prayers don’t worry we will guide you.
Communal breakfast and the midday meal are a good time of fellowship.
Many guests spend their time following personal prayer practice, reading spiritual texts, walking on our extensive nature trails, journaling, napping, and doing artwork. To maintain an atmosphere of solitude, we ask that guests not play musical instruments outside their dwelling. We have a bookstore and a good-sized library of books as well as a smaller selection of CDs that may be borrowed by guests. Portable CD players are available.
You may ask for help in structuring your time here.
Q Do you have a chapel?
We have a beautiful chapel located in the heart of the main building with the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle 24 hours a day. Eucharistic Adoration is a regular feature at Christ’s Peace. Sitting with Jesus in love is at the heart of contemplation.
“We do not have to talk very much in order to pray well. We know that God is there in His holy tabernacle; let us open our hearts to Him; let us rejoice in His Presence: This is the best prayer.”
~ St John Vianney.
Visiting priests are encouraged to offer Mass in the chapel.
Q Is Mass available?
We do not have a resident priest. If there is a priest on retreat, often the other retreatants are invited to his mass.
The local parish, St. Joseph of the Valley/St. Lawrence is a five minute drive in both directions. Saturday evening mass is at 5pm and Sunday morning mass is at 9am. Daily mass is offered several times during the week.
There are also several churches within a 20-30 min drive that offer daily mass including Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph in Leavenworth and Benedictine College in Atchison. A schedule of local mass times is in the guest information binders.
Q May I bring my pet with me?
As much as we love all of God’s furry creatures, we do not accommodate guests’ pets.
We do have a cat named Meow who sleeps in the garage at night and is outside during the day. He is very friendly and often tries to convince the guests to let him inside. Please do not let him follow you into the main building or any of the dwellings
Q What should I bring?
We suggest you bring two pair of walking shoes or boots, rain/snow gear in season, a flashlight, bug spray and sunblock. Dress is modest casual. You do not need to bring linens as the sheets and towels are provided.
Q Is transportation from the airport available?
Occasionally, based on staff availability, we can pick you up or drop you off at the airport. When staff do this it is out of their generosity, so please be considerate of their time and include a donation for gas.
Q Is Christ’s Peace House of Prayer Catholic?
Yes, we are a ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. We believe in and follow the teachings of Catholic Church. We pray for the needs of the Archdiocese and the world in the Catholic tradition.
Q Do I have to be Catholic to come to the House of Prayer?
No, Like Christ, we welcome persons of all religious backgrounds who are seeking sacred solitude and a place of retreat in a contemplative, rural setting. All guests are invited to attend our communal prayer times and to participate at their own personal comfort level, or even to not attend if that is what they want.
Q Is Christ’s Peace House of Prayer open year-round?
The House of Prayer is open year round except for Thanksgiving weekend, the week between Christmas and New Years and the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday). Monday’s and Thursday’s are desert days for the staff. New guests are welcomed on those days however there is no communal prayer or adoration in the chapel and all the meals are self serve.
Q What are your deposit and cancellation policies?
Cancellation Policy: All guests are asked to honor their reservation. Please contact us immediately if you are unable to keep your reservation. Guests who cancel within a week of their reservation are asked to make a donation of half their contribution to support our mission at Christ’s Peace.
Deposit Policy: Christ’s Peace House of Prayer reserves the right to book individual and sabbatical retreats throughout the year. A non-refundable deposit of (25%) is required for group retreat reservations. The spaces will be temporarily held if no deposit is received. Once another request for the spaces being temporarily held is received, the group facilitator will be notified and asked for the deposit to secure the spaces.
Please note: To ensure that a staff member is available to greet you and to protect the privacy of our guests, we ask that you call to make a reservation before coming for a tour, a retreat stay, or spiritual direction.
Address: 22131 Meagher Road – Easton, KS 66020 Map
Directions from I-70: if coming from the east, travel west on I-70 through Kansas City. Exit on the Leavenworth exit, Highways 73 (US) and 7 (Kansas). Go North, right from I-70, and travel through countryside, Lansing and into Leavenworth. At Spruce St, also Highway 92, turn left (west) and travel into the country to County Road 17, also 207th Street. Turn right and go to Mt Olivet Road. Then turn left, it is a gravel road. Continue a half mile to a fork in the road. Go to the left and down, this is now Meagher Road. Continue on until you see our mail box with our name on it. We are on the left side of the road. There is also a big sign on the left side of the road. If you are coming from the west on I-70, when you come to the Leavenworth, 73/7 exit, go left and so proceed north and as above from that point on.
Directions from I-435: I-435 circles the Kansas City metro area. We are on the west side of the circle and these directions are speaking about being on the western edge of I-435. When on I-435 heading south to I-70, turn right onto I-70 heading west. Then the directions are as above. When on I-435 heading north, when you come to I-70, turn left and head west. The directions from that point are as above.