In a woodsy area near Colombia in uptown New York, (1 hour north by car) the Anglican Sisters of the Community of the Holy Spirit make their living by working the land. The sisters grow multiple crops for their own use and to sell at the local Saturday farmer’s market in Brewster. Volunteers can help the sisters out in their work and visitors are catered for in single guestrooms. Guests can join the sisters in evening prayer and for a meal on some evenings. The sisters have a Community House on West 113th Street in New York City where guests can make a retreat and join the community in liturgical services.
Community of the Holy Spirit
118 Federal Hill Road
Brewster NY 1059
Tel: +1 845 278 9777
Tel. contact in New York City: +1 212 666 8249
Photos (c) CHS Sisters
Hephzibah House is a centre for Christian outreach and offers fellowship and evangelistic services through pastoral undertakings. The house was once the headquarters of the Young Christian Women’s League and now offers guest accommodation to all missionaries, church workers and volunteers and those involved in Christian ministries or organizations. Close to Central Park and the Natural History Museum. Nearest subway: 72nd St–Broadway or 72nd St– Central Park West.
photo © Hephzibah House
New York City
The House of the Redeemer is situated in the Upper East Side of New York City and is run by the Episcopal Church, which offers hospitality to people of all faiths and nationalities. The building is a designated New York City Landmark of cultural, architectural and historical interest. Single and double rooms are available, some with air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. Musical and other cultural events are held here throughout the year.
Photo (c) House of the Redeemer
New York City
Leo House is a real find in busy metropolitan New York and a home away from home in the heart of busy Manhattan. The centre is run by the Catholic Sisters of St Agnes and is situated in the suburb of Chelsea.
Guests are accommodated in modest single or double guestrooms with the option of private or shared bathroom facilities. Families are catered for in rooms with multiple beds and guests can while away some time in a small, well-kept outdoor garden. Breakfast is the only meal provided but the centre is in an area where cafes and restaurants are in good supply.
The centre is 2 blocks from the nearest subway. Bookings can be made by telephone or fax.
The Leo House
332 West 23rd St
New York NY 10011
Tel: +1 212 929 1010
Fax: +1 212 366 6801
Photo:© The Leo House
Seafarers & International House is a mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America who operate a no-frills, basic, 2-star hotel/guesthouse in a great location close to Union Square. Guestrooms with ensuite facilities are available on request and cheaper rooms share a bathroom. Most guestrooms are equipped with a small refrigerator and a TV. Rooms are air-conditioned. Not luxurious but cheap, clean, safe and well-located. Nearest subway: Union Square –14th St.
Seafarers & International House
New York City
The Landmark Guest Rooms can be found in a gracious old building which forms part of the Union Theological Seminary, a multi-denominational Christian seminary located across the street from the campus of Columbia University in Morningside Heights in the Manhattan neighborhood. Single and double/twin guest rooms are available and all have ensuites, cable TV, Internet access, iron, hair dryer and mini ‘fridge. There is a 24 hour front desk and rooms are serviced daily. Guestrooms are air-conditioned and complimentary continental breakfast is included in the price, which is approx. $135 single and $165 double per night plus tax.
Photo: Union Theological Seminary – ©Union Theological Seminary
The Order of St. Helena is a religious order for women, attached to the Episcopal Church. The order consists of lay sisters and those ordained to the priesthood. The sisters in Augusta run Ascension House a modern guesthouse for both men and women who wish to make a retreat (private or with direction), or share in the Daily Offices of the community. Single and twin rooms are available and guests may join the sisters for most meals.
Photo (c) Convent of St Helena
Thanks to the generous hospitality of the Benedictine sisters of St Gertrude’s, overnighting in the serene tranquility of a working monastery is a comfortable, restorative experience. The sisters go the extra mile to ensure their guests are well looked after. Suites are spacious and well-appointed and furnished with antiques. Each guestroom has a private bathroom and beds are fitted with pillow-top mattresses. Facilities include a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi access and some rooms have a kitchenette and a sitting room. A hearty breakfast is served daily and each evening the sisters’ share heavenly (calorie-free) homemade dessert with guests. If celebrating a special occasion complimentary champagne is provided as a gift from the community.
From $89.00 per room + tax. Credit cards are accepted.
© Inn of St Gertrude
Benedictine monks of the Monastery of the Holy Cross offer award winning accommodation in 2 well furnished apartments attached to their 19th century monastery, with easy transport access to downtown Chicago. The monastery’s garden apartment consists of 2 bedrooms, lounge, dining room and kitchen and a loft apartment with 3 bedrooms has similar facilities and sleeps up to 5 people. Both apartments are fully air conditioned with TV and DVD, a ‘starter pack’ of goodies in the refrigerator and off street parking. Guests can make their own breakfast or take advantage of a generous repast prepared by the monks. A complimentary newspaper and a fresh fruit basket are provided daily. Credit cards are accepted. Guests can join in liturgical services, including the Gregorian Chant.
Monastery of the Holy Cross
3111 South Aberdeen Street (corner of 31st street and Aberdeen Street)
Chicago IL 60608-6503
Tel: +1 773 927 7424 ext 202
Fax: +1 773 927 5734
Photo:Chicago skyline: Jeremy Edwards istockphoto
St Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery is located by the water, next to the Franciscan Guest House where families and travellers are welcome for affordable holidays for a week-end or weekly stay. There are actually 5 separate guesthouses and cottages offering standard rooms to muti-room suites and all are located next to downtown Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Beach. Breakfast is included in the price which ranges between $55.00 and $250.00 per room/suite/cottage all of which are equipped with a private bathroom and cable TV. Facilities include air-conditioning, hair-dryer (on request), saltwater pool and daily linen change. Discover more about the area at www.kennebunkport.org
Photo – Franciscan Guesthouse and monastery buildings in the foreground. Photo courtesy St Anthony’s Monastery.
The Society of St John the Evangelist is an Anglican religious order governed in the USA by the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. The monastery is located on a tree lined avenue which follows the curves of the Charles River in the midst of the campuses of Harvard University. The hospitable monks who live here run a monastery guesthouse with a number of single and double guestrooms available for those who might like to combine a visit to Boston with a religious retreat. Guestrooms are fitted with a washbasin and offered on a share bathroom basis. Meals can be taken with the brothers in the monastery refectory. Guests are welcome from Tuesday to Friday and depart on or before the following Sunday. Parking at the monastery is limited to those with accessibility needs, however there are parking garages within a block of the Monastery.
Photo: Tower of Harvard’s Eliot House behind Memorial Drive near the monastery. Jorge Salcedo istockphoto
The past life of The Olive Branch Retreat was as a Franciscan Convent named ‘Portiuncula’, which means ‘Little Portion’. It was a Catholic retreat centre for nuns. Due to their vow of poverty, the convent was modest in architecture as well as decoration. Under the discerning eye of the new owners, it has been renovated and restored into a cozy, yet upscale retreat centre open for all to enjoy. Now, there are light-filled rooms, incredible views, vintage furniture and fantastic mattresses all wrapped into an ‘old world’ aesthetic.
The Olive Branch is located in the heart of a country-side abundant with small farms and lakes in rural USA; yet still less than two hours from an international airport. This resort is loaded with unique character including a renovated chicken barn, semi-private lake, nature walking trails, courtyard, over-sized patio, orchard and great fishing. With enough space to sleep 22 people, this is a great location for large or small encounters.
© Olive Branch Retreat
The Robertshaw Country House sits in a lush, green country semi-rural location on the outskirts of Greensburg in the spacious grounds of the St. Emma Monastery, which was established in 1931 for Benedictine nuns. The house is operated as a B & B for tourists and visitors and all are welcome to explore the estate. A number of guestrooms offer various bed and room configurations and some have small sitting areas. All but one guestroom has an ensuite bathroom. Guests are welcome to join the sisters for The Liturgy of the Hours or daily Mass if they so wish. Breakfast is the only meal available and the property is not suitable for young children. Theatres, museums, shops and parks can be found in nearby Greensburg and the monastery is located of Route 22.
Robertshaw Country House
St. Emma Monastery
1001 Harvey Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601