“ Hamlet or "Acting Nobler" ”
Shakespeare Retreat
Led by: Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.
February 14 - 16
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Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (performed c.1600) is a window into the early modern period, the England of Elizabeth I, and a mirror of our own times. The Prince of Denmark, “the observed of all observers,” is under surveillance and closely watched. As a well educated Renaissance Prince, Hamlet sees more than others do into the rotten state of Denmark, but he does not know how to set it right. How can he achieve justice against the king without endangering himself, hurting his mother (the king’s wife), and throwing the state into confusion? How does Hamlet’s dilemma reflect our own times: How does a cognitive minority – a Christian in the modern world, for example – act morally, authentically, and effectively?

As usual, Shakespeare lays out keen observations on the human condition. In this retreat, we will ponder what he says and what he prompts us to think about the dilemmas involved in how to act “nobler” when righting wrongs.
Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D. is the former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and was ordained in 1970. He has served in various academic positions, as professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University and the University of Portland and as president of Carroll College in Montana.

Outside the classroom, Fr. Rowan is a published author of books and articles on the Nicene Creed, on spirituality, and on Shakespeare. In 2001, while serving as vicar for education and superintendent of Catholic schools, Fr. Rowan assisted the Archbishop in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation as a funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.


Our guestrooms have one queen or double sized bed per room. Rooms are simply furnished with bedding, towels, and soap as well as a Bible and crucifix.


Registration includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. Retreat payments are non-refundable.


On the first evening of your retreat, you are welcome to arrive any time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The retreat will officially begin with dinner at 6:00pm. The retreat will conclude at 1:00pm on the last day of your retreat, following lunch.


Special dietary requirements will be gladly met if you make your needs known to our kitchen staff. A guest fridge is also available for guest use in the Dining Room.


A computer with internet access is open for use in our lobby, and WiFi is available throughout the building.


Help is available 24 hours a day. Our staff or retreat volunteers are eager to assist you throughout your stay. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies are offered 24/7 in the Dining Room. Our Chapel is always open, giving you a quiet place for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.