Teachers’ Retreats | The National Shrine of St. John Neumann

Teachers’ Retreats

We invite and encourage Catholic schoolteachers and principals in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to make pilgrimage to our Shrine and to immerse yourselves in a daylong retreat experience centered on the virtues of St. John Neumann and the charism of the Redemptorists. The Passion, the Cross, the Eucharist, and Mary provide a varied framework for the central teachings offered during each of our day retreats.

St. John Neumann was a humble priest and bishop with a steadfast approach to his ministry for the parishioners in his care, the religious he brought to begin our parochial school system, the children he desired to educate, and the immigrants he welcomed and prayed for throughout his large diocese.

When you arrange a day retreat with us, we can offer a balanced schedule of Mass, private prayer, opportunities for confession and the rosary, information about St. John Neumann, two teaching sessions with a Redemptorist, and opportunities for small-group discussion.

Embracing the full Shrine experience could also include a visit to our museum, the upper church, the gift shop, and time in our new atrium for contemplation and meditation. Our new events center will provide you with a beautiful, private, and peaceful location to renew your commitment to serve those in your care!

For more information, contact Deborah Binder, Assistant Shrine Director, 215-627-3080, extension 115.

Click to view or download a pdf flyer with information on our teachers’ retreats.

9 a.m.: Arrival at St. John Neumann Center and welcome
9:30 a.m.: Meet Redemptorist in the Shrine church for a talk on St. John Neumann
10 a.m.: Private prayer time in the Shrine and/or the upper church
10:30 a.m.: Return to SJN Center for first teaching by Redemptorist
11:15 a.m.: Focused small-group discussion
11:45 a.m.: Opportunity for confession and rosary in the Shrine
12:15 p.m.: Celebration of Mass in the Shrine
1 p.m.: Return to SJN Center for lunch
1:30 p.m: Second teaching by Redemptorist in SJN Center
2 p.m.: Focused small-group discussion
2:30 p.m.: Blessing from Redemptorist and departure

Shrine address: 1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Retreat location: St. John Neumann Center, Lawrence Street, behind the Shrine between 5th and 4th streets

Signage: Yellow sidewalk sign will be visible at the entrance to SJN Center.

Parking: Retreatants may use our gated free lot on Girard Street and Lawrence; 70 spots are available. 

View or download a map that shows our parking lots and buildings.