Schedule of Retreats

Our sixteenth year of Silent Meadows, A Place of Prayer is here!
All retreats start at 8:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m.

If your group prefers any retreat on a different day than scheduled, please call
and we will try to accommodate your request. This is only possible for retreats presented by Mary Ann. The minimum number for a group is 5 people and the maximum is 10. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you on
your retreat.

Silent Meadows is happy to announce the opening of an apartment attached to
our house for Overnight Retreatants. It can be for a day and night, several days,
or a week. It is a fully furnished kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms, and
new bathroom. Call for more information 970-759-2833.


The Last Supper and Jesus’ Disciples
We will explore the characteristics of the disciples, their life events and what Jesus said about them and how aware are we of those same characteristics in our own life. Are we willing to drop our nets and follow Jesus?

Presented by: Mary Ann Maslak
Dates offered: Saturday, February 17 and  Saturday, February 24, 2024


Revelations of Divine Mercy
Fr. John Moses Jatau will present the Sacrament of Divine Mercy as the first topic as well as “Father forgive us…as we forgive,” and how to remain a disciple of Mercy.

Presented by: Father John Moses Jatau
Date offered: Saturday, April 6, 2024


The Art of Friendship
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this,that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:12-14 ESV).

This retreat will explore friendships: what they are, why they are necessary in human formation, and how they form us in our Christian faith.  We will also consider modern threats to true friendships considering social media, isolation, and the erosion of a shared sense of values.  Understanding ourselves is only possible through our social experiences.  When friends selflessly share their lives both become more fully alive.  Freely giving oneself in friendship finds its fullest expression in our participation in the Body of Christ. Friendship is a pathway for a better, fuller, and richer life, one that witnesses to the world what it means to be a friend of Christ

Presented by: Phil Wiley, MD
Date offered: Saturday, April 20, 2024


Into the Silence
Free of life’s “to do,” this is an opportunity “to be,” focusing on your inner relationship with God through listening and prayer. Individual spiritual direction will be available. After an introductory talk you will have the whole day to spend with God.

Presented by: Mary Ann Maslak
Date offered: Saturday, May 18, 2024


Being Called to Serve
The wedding feast of Cana, in the Gospel of John, is a three-fold celebration of service. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was aware of coming to the aid of the wedding party in providing more wine. Jesus, listening to the appeal of His mother responded possibly not wishing to do so, nevertheless, He did. And finally, He chose to do her bidding to save the wedding through the action of others, the servants.

Through this gospel narrative we will explore how we too are called to be alert to the needs of others, to trust in the Lord, and to say yes when we are called to be of service to God and to our fellow traveler. We will use examples of St. Francis and St. Clare and their followers in serving God and man.

Presented by: George Sabol, ofs
Date offered: Saturday, June 22, 2024


Intimacy With God
The journey to intimacy is an encounter with soul. The human frailty of fear prevents one from intimacy with another and with God. A divine relationship allows one to discover daily intimacy and the realization of a soul-filled life.

Presented by: Mary Ann Maslak
Date offered:
Saturday, September 7, 2024


The Power of the Tongue
Our tongue can be a “blessings” or a “curse”. Let us examine our use of the tongue in our own lives. What can we do to make it a blessing to others rather than a curse? How do we tame our tongue creating a more Christ centered life?  Join us to see how opening our heart to Scripture,  prayer, and the Holy Spirit we can experience God’s transforming power.

Presented by: Mary Ann Maslak
Date offered: Saturday, September 28, 2024


The Spiritual Combat: A Daily Battle Against Evil
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities,

the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”(Ephesians 6:12)

Presented by: Father Cesar Cayetano Arras, CR Theatine
Date offered: Saturday, October 26, 2024


Advent Retreats
The same retreat will be offered two different times.
Dates offered: Saturday, November 9, and Saturday, November 16, 2024


We offer  the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. You will have to register before September as the Scriptures follow the liturgical year with the program lasting 36 weeks. The cost is $50.00 a month. This includes 5 presentations and meeting with each retreatant every other week for the duration.
For info call Mary Ann 970-759-2833



We offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. IgnatiusYou will have to register before September as the Scriptures follow the liturgical year with the program lasting 36 weeks. The cost is $50.00 a month. This includes 5 presentations and meeting with each retreatant every other week for the duration.
For info call Mary Ann 970-759-2833.

The fee for each One Day Retreat is $50.00. This includes a light breakfast and full luncheon. The only other expense would be if you wish to make a donation to help the facility upkeep. We also have a small bookstore with spiritual books for sale. We accept credit cards, cash or checks.

  • Individual Spiritual Direction (1 hour) by appointment only: $25.00
  • All One Day Retreats include light breakfast and lunch.$50.00 per person
  • Spiritual Book Store and Gifts We accept credit cards. People may shop for books at Silent Meadows while on retreat or by calling: 970-759-2833.
  • Be Our Guest for Overnight Retreats. Call for information.


Silent Meadows is happy to announce presenters for retreats this year: Mary Ann Maslak, George Sabol, ofs., Phil Wiley, MD, Fr. John Moses Jatau, and Fr. Cesar Cayetano Arras, CR. Theatine.

All retreats will be presented by Mary Ann Maslak unless otherwise specified. She and her husband were active in Marriage Encounter, the Charismatic Renewal and taught CCD. She is a retired elementary school teacher. She has 30 hours of study in Spiritual Formation and Self Direction from the Diocese of Hartford, Ct., a BA in Elementary Education from CCSC and a Masters in Community Leadership and Spiritual Direction from Regis University. She and her husband Terry are founders of Silent Meadows, A Place of Prayer   They are members of St. Columba Church and Sacred Heart Parish in Durango, CO. She is the author of Gentle Whispers, Meditations for a Journey.

George Sabol, ofs, has engineering degrees from St. Louis University and Colorado State University.  He was professed into the secular Franciscan order in 1997 serving as fraternity minister and formation director and has studied at the Franciscan Institute of Saint Bonaventure University in Olean, NY.  For more than 20 years, he has served the Franciscan mission in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, as a retreat leader and as a member of the board of directors for the mission outreach based at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He is a parishioner of St. Columba in Durango and lives with his wife, Joyce, in New Mexico.

Philip Wiley, MD is a convert to the Catholic Church. Since that time he has been active in St. Columba parish including middle school ministry, young adult mentoring, and RCIA. He has facilitated small groups including Brothers Bound in Christ as well as ongoing  Mystagogy group. Phil takes a special interest in viewing secular challenges facing young adults and their parents through a Christian lens. He is married to Michelle Wiley, and they have three children. He has been a Durango resident since 1996 and is in private practice. He is a founding member and chairs the Governing board of Animas Surgical Hospital. He also has extensive experience as a sinner.

Fr. Cesar Cayetano  Arras, CR. Theatine   is a native of El Paso, Texas. He entered religious life in 2007 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2018. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where he serves as spiritual director. He enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures and is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.

Fr. John Moses Jatau (JMJ) is a priest from Nigeria ordained for the Diocese of Minna on July 21st, 2007 who is now on mission in the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado. After his ordination he worked in various parishes in his Diocese in Nigeria, except from 2010 to 2011 when he went to Cairo, Egypt for a certificate course in Islam and Inter religious dialogue; 2014 to 2016 he was at the Pontifical University Maynooth, Ireland for a Masters Degree program in Systematic Theology. Fr JMJ is currently serving as Parochial Vicar in St Columba Parish, Durango, St Ignatius Parish, Ignacio and the churches in Bayfield and Arboles.