The light shines on Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre, located just an hour north of Toronto on the shores of Lake Simcoe.

Loretto Maryholme on Lake Simcoe is a place of spiritual awakening

By  Catholic Register Special
  • September 27, 2012

ROCHES POINT, ONT. - Each morning we stir in our bed, open our eyes and we are awake. We may think that “awakening” is one step, but it is really the accumulation of many steps. It begins with a pause the previous evening.

We settle into bed, our breath and heart rhythms slow and we close our eyes trusting our desire and need to rest and dream. Some time later, whether short or long, we awaken to a new day.

This is the type of awakening found at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre, an awakening that acknowledges transformation as a process of meaningful stages.

There are centres that offer seminars to “change your life in a weekend,” but at Maryholme, rather than answers, space for contemplation, conversation and companionship is offered for the journey.

Those that come find meaning in whatever it is they are experiencing in their lives. Appreciating its growth, as a gardener appreciates the budding and blossoming of flowers, seems to allow a tenderness to develop that can better enjoy the laughter of friends and the quiet of solitude.

The retreat centre is located in Roches Point, one hour north of Toronto on a beautiful five-hectare property overlooking Lake Simcoe. Since 2001 it has provided experiences that are “something more than ordinary,” especially programs and events in spirituality, social justice, education and the environment.

The lakeside, various gardens, an outdoor labyrinth, stations of light, a cosmic walk and other interesting features enhance the centre’s mission to encourage people “to explore and restore the energies needed for personal and communal transformation.”

Groups choose this sacred space to enrich their own programs while individuals come for restoration and reflection.
Many complement their personal time with spiritual direction. Those that are meant to visit seem to and in doing so find a place of rest — and of awakening.

For more information call (905) 476-4013 or visit


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