“ CANCELLED - Matthew: A Gospel in 5 Acts (With an Overture and Spectacular Finale) ”
Women's Lenten Retreat
Led by: Fr. Donald Heet, OSFS
March 27 - 29
Due to the unforeseen circumstances of the Coronovirus (COVID-19), we are disappointed to report that this retreat has been cancelled While there have been no cases or incidents of the Coronavirus at the center, this decision was made at the recommendation of medical and health experts and out of an abundance of concern for retreatants, as well as the center's employees.

Private Room (meals included): $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member - meals included): $209 Total per person

From the first Sunday of Advent until the Solemnity of Christ the King, most of our Sunday Gospels will be taken from Matthew. In our retreat, we will both look at and pray from this Gospel. Understanding how the Evangelist structured his gospel, whom he was writing for and what he hoped to communicate can help us appreciate and be open each week’s good news throughout the rest of the liturgical year.
Father Donald Heet, OSFS was born in Dayton, Ohio on October 9, 1946. He grew up in Dayton, Cleveland and Toledo, before entering the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, a religious order of priests and brothers, in 1964. He graduated from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales with a B.A. in English, and earned a Masters degree in English from the University of Michigan in 1972 and a Masters degree in Speech and Drama from The Catholic University of America in 1975.

In 1976 he was ordained a priest and taught English, Theater, and Religion at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA until he was appointed founding principal of Paul VI High School in Fairfax, VA in 1983. In 1991 he was named religious superior of DeSales Theological Center in Washington, DC, where he also taught preaching. In October, 1998 he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America. In the fall of that year, he joined the faculty at CUA where he taught homiletics, pastoral theology, and adult religious education, and directed the Doctor of Ministry Program until 2010. He served as the vocation director of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province for three years before being appointed parochial vicar at St. John Neumann parish in Reston VA in July of 2013.

He continues to teach homiletics, give workshops on preaching, lecturing and evangelization, and preach retreats in Northern Virginia and in various dioceses across the country.


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.