The Episcopal House of Prayer is a retreat space and contemplative ministry of spiritual transformation.

Our mission is:

  • to assist in the ongoing work of discerning God’s voice, both within ourselves and in the world;
  • to provide guidance in the search for wisdom;
  • to teach forms of contemplative prayer;
  • and to offer training on the inner work of the spiritual life.

The Episcopal House of Prayer retreat space was built in 1990, the result of a collaborative effort between the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and Saint John’s Abbey. Read about our beginnings in an excerpt from Bishop Bob Anderson’s A Sense of Place  or Krista Tippet’s 2001 An Oral History of the House of Prayer.  The retreat center is located  on five acres on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University and is a subsidiary of the Episcopal Church of Minnesota. As an independent non-profit, it does not receive financial support from either the Abbey or Episcopal Church of Minnesota.

In addition to our 12 retreat rooms (8 singles, 4 doubles), an Oratory was built in 2001. This unique space, designed in the tradition of Native American hogans, is particularly suited for contemplative prayer.

Our retreat space is available for use by groups. To learn more about our facilities,

We sponsor a number of programs throughout the year in our retreat space in Collegeville and at the Episcopal House of Prayer in the City, with second locations meeting at St Paul’s Episcopal on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, and in the Drew Room at Episcopal Homes in St Paul. This outreach ministry began in 2004 and continues to grow. Our programs are grounded in the practice of Christian contemplative prayer.