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Cruise Retreat for Priests

Finding time to make your annual retreat and take your vacation gets more difficult each year. Why not make a retreat that also feels like a vacation? 

2012 Cruise Retreat Group

Western Caribbean from Tampa to Cozumel - April 18-22, 2016


The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates has conducted Cruise Retreats for Priests since 2007. Now for 2016, a four-night Western Caribbean cruise retreat from Tampa, Florida, to Cozumel, Mexico.

Join fellow priests in this retreat at sea aboard Royal Caribbean's "Brilliance of the Seas" as Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB, offers "Reflections on Discipleship and Ministry in the Gospel of Luke." Daily Mass, retreat conferences, group prayer and dining are all part of your retreat at sea. The ship's amenities, group interaction and ports of call add to the experience.


4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise, Roundtrip from Tampa, Florida, on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas

Monday, April 18, 2016
Depart Tampa, Florida 4:00 PM EDT

Evening - Opening group meet-and-greet, prayer and dinner

Tampa, and the greater Tampa Bay area, on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, is home to recreational watersports, fascinating museums, trendy restaurants and entertainment venues.

Port of Tampa

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Day at Sea

Morning retreat conference and Eucharist
Evening retreat conference and prayer
Group dinner 

Brilliance Seas stateroom 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Arrive Cozumel, Mexico, at 8:00 AM. Depart 6:00 PM.

Surrounded by thick tropical foliage on the island of Cozumel lie ancient Mayan ruins.The Spanish conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of this island while searching for gold. The waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

Morning retreat conference and Eucharist
Evening prayer
Group dinner 

Roatan

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Day at Sea 

Morning retreat conference and Eucharist
Evening retreat conference and prayer
Group dinner 

Fr Eugene Retreat

Friday, April 22, 2016
Arrive Tampa, Florida, 7:00 AM EDT 

fr_eugene_color.jpgFather Eugene Hensell, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. In addition to parish work, campus ministry and college teaching, Father Eugene served from 1982 until 1996, first as vice rector of Saint Meinrad College and then as president-rector of both the College and the School of Theology.

Since 1997, Father Eugene has been engaged in fulltime retreat work, conducting biblical retreats and workshops for priests, religious, and laity throughout the country and in several foreign countries. He brings to this work over 35 years of teaching experience, as well as a strong sense of the Church's pastoral needs.

With his wide contacts among clergy, religious and laity, Father Eugene brings to his students a deep and sympathetic understanding of the challenges facing many facets of life in the contemporary Church.

Father Eugene has been a contributing writer for Weekday and Sunday Homily Hints, a service published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. He regularly contributes book reviews to The Catholic Biblical QuarterlyThe Review of Biblical LiteratureCistercian Studies and other scholarly journals. He also is an associate editor for The American Benedictine Review.

His retreat is titled, "Reflections on Discipleship and Ministry in the Gospel of Luke."

Pricing Options

  • Single-occupancy oceanview cabin - $1,175 per person
  • Double-occupancy oceanview cabin - $800 per person

Included in the Price

  • 4-night cruise on Royal Caribbean's "Brilliance of the Seas"
  • Daily Mass and prayer
  • Daily retreat conferences by Father Eugene Hensell, OSB 
  • Most tips

Not Included in the Price

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from pier (shuttle bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Onboard purchases/charges

Deposits

  • Single-occupancy stateroom: $500 per person due with registration
  • Double-occupancy stateroom: $400 per person due with registration
  • $100 of deposit is nonrefundable
  • To pay deposit by credit card, call Lea Ann Olinger, IPP administrative coordinator, at 800-357-8477. (Visa and Mastercard only)
  • To pay deposit by check, mail to:

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
ATTN: Cruise Retreat for Priests
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Reservation and Payment Deadlines

  • Reservation deadline for group rate and final payment due January 15, 2016
  • Limit of 18 cabins at group rate

Cancellation and Travel Insurance

Prior to final payment, individuals would incur only the $100 nonrefundable deposit.

After final payment, Princess Cruises cancellation fees apply. All penalties listed below include the $100 nonrefundable deposit:

  • Cancellation 59-43 days prior to sailing: $200 penalty per person
  • Cancellation 42-29 days prior to sailing: 50% of cruise rate per person
  • Cancellation 28-15 days prior to sailing: 75% of cruise rate per person
  • Cancellation 14-0 days prior to sailing: 100% of cruise rate per person

Cancellation insurance is available at an additional charge. For an insurance quote, contact Lea Ann Olinger, IPP administrative coordinator, at 800-357-8477 or email smipp@saintmeinrad.edu.

Registration

Download, print and return form by fax to (812) 357-6283

Or mail the form with your deposit to:

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
ATTN: Cruise Retreat for Priests
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Or call (800) 357-8477 to register by phone