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Virtual Tour & Campus Maps

A Virtual Tour of the Retreat Center

Tour Our Buildings and Grounds

Below you will find descriptions and images of our amazing buildings and grounds.

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The Manresa Prayer House has certainly grown over the years. The once, main level was raised to create more levels! This upper floor includes a conference room that seats 20-25 comfortably and kitchenette. The new main level offers 6 bedrooms with private bathrooms. The lower level became the new library; there are also a couple of sitting rooms and 2 more bedrooms. The library also offers a kitchenette and small groups find it a nice place to gather for short periods throughout a weekend, keeping in mind that it would be open to all other retreatants too. The bedrooms have a mix of rooms with 2 twin beds and others with queen beds.

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Exterior of the Manresa Prayer House during winter
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Exterior of the Manresa Prayer House
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Kitchenette in the upper level of the Manresa Prayer House
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Conference room in the upper level of the Manresa Prayer House
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Queen bedroom in the Manresa Prayer House
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Twin bedroom in the Manresa Prayer House
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Library in the lower level of the Manresa Prayer House
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Library in the lower level of the Manresa Prayer House
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Library kitchenette in the Manresa Prayer House
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Sitting room in the Manresa Prayer House

 

Most of the cabins offer 2 levels and each level includes a living room area. The upper levels also include a kitchenette and we are working to update them and add kitchenettes to lower level living room areas.

These three cabins are clean and comfortable with heating and air conditioning, kitchenettes and spacious sitting rooms. Most bedrooms have 2 twin beds and each cabin has 2 levels.

Chabanel: Seven bedrooms - sleeps 14

Daniel: Eight bedrooms - sleeps 15

Goupil: Seven bedrooms - sleeps 13 (Handicap Accessible)

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Exterior of Chabanel cabin
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Exterior of Goupil cabin
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Living room in Goupil cabin
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Living room in Goupil cabin
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Kitchenette in Goupil cabin
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Bedroom in Goupil cabin
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Vanity in a bedroom in Goupil cabin
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Bathroom in Goupil cabin

 

The Montserrat Motel is just steps away from the Loyola Dining Hall. It has 12 rooms on two levels sleeping up to 24 in twin beds. The rooms are clean and comfortable with heat and air conditioning. Bedding and bath towels provided. The view of the woods from atop our heavily wooded hollow is extraordinary. In 2015, work on the exterior allowed time for new paint and carpeting throughout the lower level rooms.

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Exterior of Montserrat Motel
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Exterior of Montserrat Motel
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Bedroom in Montserrat Motel
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Bedroom in Montserrat Motel

 

The Brebeuf Cabin offers 9 rooms between 2 levels. The open-floor plan of the main level offers a living room area, large dining table, and kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with assorted cups/glasses, dishes, pans, and silverware. There is dish soap & towels too. Each bedroom has two twin beds. Sink/vanity areas are within the bedrooms and in most cases 2 rooms share a bathroom. The bedroom off the kitchen includes a private bathroom. Bedding and towels are included.

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Exterior of Brebeuf Cabin
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Exterior of Brebeuf Cabin during winter
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Bedroom in Brebeuf Cabin
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Vanity in a bedroom in Brebeuf Cabin
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Kitchen in Brebeuf Cabin
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Living room in Brebeuf Cabin
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Dining area in Brebeuf Cabin
 

 

There are 4 units and are set apart in a quiet corner of our campus and sleep up to 8. They look out into our woods and offer a great place for prayer and reflection. All have; each offers a kitchenette, seating area and private bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided. Bring toiletries and meals (including salt/pepper) unless meals have been arranged.

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Exterior of Lalemant Apartments
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Living room with kitchenette in Lalemant Apartments
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Living area in Lalemant Apartments
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Living area in Lalemant Apartments
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Kitchenette in Lalemant Apartments
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Interior of Lalemant Apartments

 

Our beautiful St. Kateri Chapel is where we celebrate Mass and reserve the Blessed Sacrament. The many large windows offer scenic views of the woods and God's creation. There are also two rooms for private spiritual direction. The lower level consists of the Xavier Conference room with a wood burning fireplace, kitchenette and rest rooms.

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Exterior of St. Kateri Chapel
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A group of retreat participants in St. Kateri Chapel
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Sanctuary of St. Kateri Chapel
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Retreat participants during Mass in St. Kateri Chapel

 

The Xavier Conference room is the lower level of the St. Kateri Chapel. Full windows on the east and south sides allow one to feel at home with nature. This room seats 65 comfortably or more if sitting on the floor. It offers a wood burning fireplace, kitchenette (all appliances, no utensils) and 2 restrooms. If using the fireplace there is a one-time use charge of $25 for the duration of your retreat.

There are eight 60" round tables that seat 6-8 guests and six 2'x6' rectangular tables often used for snacks and supplies. There is also a hanging screen.

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Entrance of the Xavier Conference room
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Tables set up in the Xavier Conference room
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Kitchen in the Xavier Conference room
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Fireplace in the Xavier Conference room
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Interior of the Xavier Conference room
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Stacks of chairs in the Xavier Conference room

 

When you arrive at the Creighton University Retreat Center please check-in at the Office in the Loyola Dining Hall, unless you have received other instructions due to arrival time.

In addition to our Administrative Office and Gift Shop, you see the new dining hall addition; the dining hall was doubled in size and now seats up to 125 guests. A new Silent Dining Room was added to accommodate our silent retreat guest and seats 25 comfortably.

Our kitchen staff prepares and serves wonderful, home-made meals for our group retreats and other functions, such as group meetings, conferences, luncheons and special celebrations.

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Interior of Loyola Dining Hall
Original Dining Hall space that we continue to use.
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Addition to the Loyola Dining Hall
The addition that faces toward the parking lot.
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Coffee station in Loyola Dining Hall
Coffee station in dining hall addition.
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A welcome decoration in the Loyola Dining Hall
Pride is taken to make our guests feel welcome.
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Silent dining room in the Loyola Dining Hall
Looking into the Silent Dining Room from the new addition.
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Silent dining room in the Loyola Dining Hall
Inside the Silent Dining Room.

 

Jogues Lodges offers space for up to 70 in sleeping bags. There are 3 sections; the large middle section includes family style tables & a kitchen. The north & south ends have fireplaces and are set up with a relaxed atmosphere. There are doors between that can be pulled closed to offer 3 separate meeting spaces or breakout areas. There are bathrooms in two areas, one that includes 2 shower stalls.

This building was built in 1948 by the Boy Scouts of America and was updated summer 2015.

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Exterior of Jogues Lodges
A pergola has been added.
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Porch of Jogues Lodges
The porch has been brought back to life!
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Tents pitched outside Jogues Lodges
A time the group brought in tents too.
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Center section of Jogues Lodges with tables
These tables can seat 80 guests.
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The serving counter of Jogues Lodges
Long serving bar with storage.
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Kitchen of Jogues Lodges
Remodeled kitchen.
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North end living area of Jogues Lodges
North end living area of the Lodge.
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South end living area of Jogues Lodges
South end living area of the Lodge.

Yes, two fireplaces!! There is a $25 use charge per reservation.

Our 157 wooded acres include three prayer gardens, abundant wildlife and several miles of trails. The Retreat Center sits on a bluff above the Nishnabotna River and many of our trails go to the river. You will see a large variety of birds, and deer are not uncommon.

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View of the Retreat Center grounds looking toward the duck pond
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Ducks swimming in the duck pond
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The deck of the Retreat Center
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Deer grazing in the woods
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A cave entrance on the Retreat Center grounds
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View of the Nishnabotna River
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A hiking trail at the Retreat Center
 

 

Many people inquire about the variety of wildlife we have on our grounds. We are constantly amazed at the diversity of God's creation and have tried to capture some of it for your enjoyment here. Of course, nothing substitutes for experiencing this environment in person.

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A cardinal in a snowy tree
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A luna moth on a wooden beam
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Deer grazing
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A fox
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An owl in a tree
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An owl in a tree

 

Contact Us

Creighton University Retreat Center
16493 Contrail Ave.
Griswold, IA 51535

Phone: 712.778.2466
curc@creighton.edu

Private retreats can be scheduled with or without direction sessions.
Before your arrival, please review these details about the Creighton University Retreat Center.