Following the Benedictine tradition of ‘welcoming all as Christ’, we invite you to take time away from the busyness of everyday life and consider a retreat at the Community of Jesus, on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. We are privileged to share with our fellow pilgrims the beauty of Bethany and Paraclete Retreat Houses, and the Church of the Transfiguration, as hallowed spaces in which to find direction and renewal. In the setting of this monastic community, surrounded by simple beauty, and lovingly prepared meals, many have experienced God’s healing presence, peace, and strengthening Word.

Personal Retreats

We welcome you to join us for two or three days of personal retreat. You can choose to have a quiet, private time, or a directed retreat using materials provided at the Guest House. There are daily liturgies in the church in which you are invited to participate if you would like. Meals are prepared and served by the Sisters in the Guest House. If desired, spiritual direction is available.

Group Retreats

Paraclete Retreat House is a wonderful setting for a group retreat, with accommodation for overnights and meals, and spaces for teaching and conversation. Spiritual direction can be made available for individuals, and retreats can be designed according to particular goals and needs. All retreatants are invited to participate in the daily liturgies in the church. We look forward to welcoming you, and we pray that this opportunity to “come away” will bless and refresh you.

Family Retreats

A newly renovated family house is available for Spiritual Retreats.  Please call (508) 240-2400 for further information.


Personal Retreat: One overnight and three meals
Suggested donation ranges from $215 per person to $265 per couple

Group Retreat rates, please call the Guest Mistress.
All prices are suggested donations; scholarship possibilities are available.

Family House Retreat: Suggested Donation is $4,000 per week. Meals available at additional cost.
Please contact the Scribes Office at 508-255-1094 or email for more information.

The Community of Jesus is a member of the Association of Benedictine Retreat Centers, an organization of approximately 40 member centers working together to foster the Benedictine charism in retreat ministry. You can learn more about these centers who wish to “welcome all as Christ” by visiting this website.

Gregorian Chant Retreat

September 27 – October 1  CHANTS OF THE ANGELS

Join us this fall for a Gregorian chant retreat, September 27 – October 1 (Tuesday dinner through Saturday breakfast), at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, MA. Learn about the “Chants of the Angels” using chants from the feast of Saint Michael and All Angels (Feast day is September 29) and other angelic chants. The retreat will also cover some basics of singing Gregorian chant. Join us as we discover this ever-relevant form of conversation through sung prayer. Learn More