Retreat Center

The Retreat Center at St. John the Baptist Church

Here in the mountains, enveloped by the rolling hills of the Alleghenies, surrounded by the echo of prayers and songs of the Carmelite monks who lived here for over 100 years, you will see your soul, and your life, in a new light. Built in 1890 as a Carmelite Novitiate, St. John the Baptist Retreat Center has been completely restored, with special attention to its historical value and architectural style. Its uniqueness will help make your stay with us both prayerful and Spirit-filled. That is our hope. And that has been the experience of the many hundreds who have come to experience the living God and go home renewed.

Situated 30 miles above the Mason Dixon Line and 20 miles west of historic Bedford, PA, New Baltimore is within a half hour’s drive of some of the richest history to explore in Pennsylvania. Dotted with dozens of covered bridges, connected by tributaries of a hundred or more trout streams, you can walk in the same footsteps as George Washington, General Forbes, and LaFayette, from Fort Ligonier to Fort Bedford. Flight 93 is within 15 miles.

Currently staffed by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the St. Augustine Province, individuals interested in making a retreat are also welcome.

Staffed by the Capuchin Friars of the St. Augustine Province, individuals interested in making a retreat are also welcome.

  • Days and Evenings of Recollections

  • Adult Retreats

  • Confirmation Retreats

  • Communion Retreats

  • Dinner Meetings

  • Business Retreats

  • Youth Retreats

  • Leadership Training Program

  • Father-Son Activities

  • Mother-Daughter Activities

  • High School Retreats

  • Religious Groups Retreats

  • Team Building Retreats

Looking for a venue for your next business or faculty meeting or your next group retreat? St. John’s Retreat Center is the perfect place!

Pricing:

Rooms start at $50.00 for the first night, then the price drops down to $25.00 every night after the first night.
Home Cooked Meals prepared by our Staff.

Per person: Cold Breakfast – $8:50 Hot Breakfast – $10:00 Lunch – $9:00 Supper – $12:00
The retreat center kitchen is available for your own food preparation if making an individual retreat.

Coming Soon! We will begin offering themed retreats in 2020!
Individual Retreats – Anyone wishing to make an individual or couples retreat is welcome.
Group Retreats – We have 29 bedrooms and 40 beds in all. Some rooms having two double beds. We can accomodate 40 people maximum.

Discount Rates – Only for college and high school retreats

Dinner Meetings – If your organization is looking for a quiet and restful place to meet and to relax, we certainly can provide a hearty meal and a quiet place to assemble.
Business Retreats – It often happens that organizations that are not specifically “church related” seek a place of quiet and rest for their gatherings. Our retreat center has secure WiFi with projection for powerpoint presentations or streaming internet or movies.

To learn more about St. John the Baptist Church and Retreat Center or to book a retreat call (814) 733-2210.

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Accomodations

  • Secure WiFi

  • Projector for Powerpoint Presentations

  • Live Streaming internet or movies

Facilities

Built in 1890 as a Carmelite Novitiate, St. John the Baptist Retreat Center has been completely restored. Its uniqueness will help make your stay with us both prayerful and Spirit-filled. That has been the experience of the many hundreds who have come to experience the living God and go home renewed. 

Experience

Staffed by the Capuchin Friars of the St. Augustine Province, St. John the Baptist Church and Retreat Center continues its legacy of being managed by religious.

Retreat Information

Our Mission Statement

Rates, Availability, and More
Please contact Saint John the Baptist Church and Retreat Center for more information.

“I am the light of the world.
He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:12

A Message of Hope- Fr. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap “In this time of social distancing, of hunkering down, take care to allow for a slowing down, to deeper prayer. Reinstitute the family recitation of the Rosary. The family that prays together stays together. Now is a privileged time to sink deeply into love, prayer, sacrifice, and mercy. Let your relationship deepen and know the tender love of God. Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me.”