Love Bade Me Welcome - A Retreat for English-speaking visitors to our island

A week-long spiritual encounter inspired by art, culture and Scripture

Friday May 4th at 9am till Friday May 11th at 9am (Shorter option also offered)

Led by Magdalen Lawler SND and Tom McGuinness SJ, this 5-day retreat will focus on the boundless love of God in the person of Jesus. Magdalen will use this painting by Sieger Köder and several other images by well-known and lesser-known artists to explore the theme. Tom will lead our liturgies and use his reflection songs to lead us into prayer.

Magdalen and Tom have worked together over many years to offer retreats, weaving together scripture, art, poetry and song. This retreat will be helpful for lay people and religious to deepen their understanding of God’s love and their connection with Christ. This will be a silent retreat held in an atmosphere of quiet with some input to help personal prayer. There will be time to share and opportunities to meet individually with the Retreat Leaders.


The retreat will be held at Mount Saint Joseph, a Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Mosta, Malta. Surrounded by gardens and stretches of rolling countryside, the Centre offers a haven of peace and quiet. The property is spacious and full of light; all bedrooms have a great view and include ensuite toilets and showers.

Optional Pilgrimage

Prior to the retreat, there will be an optional Pilgrimage around Malta. We will visit the oldest standing Neolithic temples, Saint John’s Cathedral that houses a Caravaggio masterpiece, the catacombs of Saint Paul and other places of spiritual significance.



Saturday 5th May 2018 at 6:30pm - Friday 11th May 2018 after breakfast (6 nights).

Cost - 
Eur360 full board

Optional Pilgrimage

Friday 4th May 2018 at 9am – Saturday 5th May 2018 at 3pm. Ideally participants arrive no later than Thursday 3rd May so that they may have time to settle in.

Cost: Eur100 for participation, plus Eur60 per night for accommodation. Price includes meals.

Your visit can be extended before or after these dates by arrangement with Mount St Joseph.

Bookings and Enquiries: OR +356 2276 0000


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