“ Peace of Heart ”
Palm Sunday Young Adult Retreat
Led by: Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P.
April 3 - 5
$99.50 Per Person

Long confused with an absence of conflict, tranquility, and stillness, peace of heart is a mysterious moral and spiritual phenomenon that easily escapes the grasp of contemporary men and women. And yet, the busier and noisier our lives become, the more we seek this elusive source of refreshment. In this retreat, Fr. Thomas Aquinas will guide an investigation into the nature of peace of heart; bringing to bear not only the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, but a number of saints, theologians, and philosophers. Participants will be challenged to wrestle with their vices, strengthen their virtues, and commit themselves to a determined pursuit of union with God.
Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P. is a Dominican priest of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Born in Ellensburg, Washington, Fr. Thomas Aquinas studied philosophy at Gonzaga University (’11) before joining the Order of Preachers. As a friar, Fr. Thomas Aquinas received an MA in Theology and an MDiv from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley (’17) and an STB from l’Institut Catholique de Toulouse, France (’18). Ordained in 2018, he currently serves as Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle, Washington. He plans on pursuing his doctorate in moral theology in the coming years.
Fr. Thomas Aquinas’s main interest is in the moral theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. In particular he has focused on the virtue of religion, the role of the emotions in the moral life, and asceticism. He strives to bring the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas to bear on the everyday situations of men and women striving for growth and holiness. He has given talks and presentations on theology in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, in France, and in Italy.


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.