Facilities

The Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville is a retreat center on five wooded acres provided by Saint John’s Abbey. The space is available for rent by companies and organizations for meetings and retreats. We also welcome individual retreatants. Come and enjoy our hospitality for a day, a weekend or longer.

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Blair Schrader Wolters Kluwer
We had a wonderful day out there. We always love the House and the time away it gives us. I’d recommend it to anyone!

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The Episcopal House of Prayer is situated on five acres of wooded land provided by Saint John’s Abbey, a Roman Catholic Benedictine abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  We are located 76 miles west and north of the Twin Cities via I-94 (Exit 156 “St. John’s University”) and 90 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

Our Twin Cities facility, the House of Prayer in the City, is located next to St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Minneapolis at 425 Oak Grove Street.

For maps and directions, click here.

 

Facilities

The House of Prayer and its Oratory are a blend of wood, glass and stone, designed to evoke an experience of solitude and awareness of God’s presence.

In the House, there are nine single and four double bedrooms with individual sinks, desks, chairs and reading lamps.  There are separate toilet and shower facilities for women and men.  Towels and sheets are provided.

A great room with vaulted ceiling and large stone fireplace offers a space for relaxation and meetings and comfortably seats 24 persons.  We have a library available to participants which contains books with respect to enhancing spiritual life and meditation.

IMG_0171The Bishop Anderson Prayer Room at the end of the hall offers a silent space for reflection and prayer.

We have a fully furnished kitchen and a dining room that seats 24 guests.

The House and Oratory are surrounded by lawn, trees and shrubs.  There are meditation paths in the woods behind the House and walking trails in the nearby Abbey woods.

Click here  to read a reflection by Mollie Hoben after the New Year’s Eve retreat with Minnesota Women’s Press. First published in BookWomen Feb/Mar 2014.

 

Costs

We invite individuals and groups to experience the sacred space and Benedictine hospitality of the House of Prayer.  The following fees are based on our maintenance costs and operational fees. We welcome additional gifts to help us to continue this ministry.

Group Rates:  Facility fee – $150 for day use (no rooms); $200 per 24 hour period plus fees for rooms and meals

Room Rates:  $60 per night/person

(Individual retreatants do not pay the $200 facility fee for exclusive use of the facility. We are happy to have individuals stay at the House of Prayer when it is available.)

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Meals may be catered through Saint John’s University Dining Service at a cost of $6.50 per breakfast; $12.00 per lunch and $13.25 per dinner per person.

You are welcome to cook your own meals at the House of Prayer. There is a kitchen use fee for groups that prepare their own meals during their stay at the House of Prayer. Kitchen use fees:  $15 breakfast; $15 lunch, $25 dinner.  The kitchen use fee is a flat fee for the entire group.

 

Guidelines for Use of the House of Prayer

To keep costs down, the House of Prayer has minimal services. Guests are asked to change the linens on their beds before they leave and do their own dishes after meals. Assistance is available for planning your stay at the House of Prayer. Contact Susan at houseprayer@csbsju.edu.

Groups and individuals are invited to join the monks of Saint John’s Abbey or the Sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery at prayer. While here, you may want to make plans to visit Richard Bresnehan’s pottery studio or The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Manuscript Museum and Library, both of which are on the campus of Saint John’s University.

 

To read a blog post about the architectural style behind our signature “arch,” click here.