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An Opportunity to Reflect

Shellbourne is a conference center located in Valparaiso, Indiana, that offers spiritual retreats to men and women separately. The spiritual activities offered at Shellbourne Conference Center are entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.

Retreats at Shellbourne provide the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of one’s everyday occupations, family life and relationships with God and others, in light of the basic truths of the Catholic faith. An atmosphere of personal prayer and recollection is maintained during the retreat.

Shellbourne retreats share with other activities of Opus Dei the overall purpose of the organization as described by the founder, Saint Josemaria Escriva:

“The purpose of Opus Dei is to foster the search for holiness and the carrying out of the apostolate by Christians who live in the world, whatever their state in life or position in society. The Work of God was born to help those Christians...to understand that their life, just as it is, can be an opportunity for meeting Christ: that it is a way of holiness and apostolate. Christ is present in any honest human activity. The life of an ordinary Christian, which to some people may seem banal and petty, can and should be a holy and sanctifying life.”

(Conversations with Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, p. 60)

Besides scheduled retreats for various groups, Shellbourne’s yearly schedule includes professional conferences, seminars, study weekends, evenings of recollection and other programs for either men or women. Click on the links above to obtain more information about retreats at Shellbourne.

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