Programs and Retreats

Programs and Retreats

Join us at the Basilian Spirituality Center for an upcoming program or retreat.


Programs are the primary means of fulfilling the Basilian Spirituality Center’s mission. They include faith formation, spiritual direction, retreats and liturgy, icon workshops, as well as others. Our programs are made possible thanks in part to financial assistance from the Ukrainian Community Foundation of Philadelphia and the Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Union. To register for a program or for further information please call (215) 780-1227 or write to us at basilcenter@stbasils.com.

Retreats
The Center features spaces for reflection, reading, walking, and the opportunity for silence. We have several guest rooms available for those interested in private retreats lasting one or several days. We also host group retreats without overnight accommodations.

Invite the Center to Your Site
The Basilian Spirituality Center staff is available for programming at your site or location. We can offer presentations, retreats, and days of reflection to meet the spiritual and formational needs of any group.

History and Legacy of the Basilian Sisters in Fox Chase

History and Legacy of the Basilian Sisters in Fox Chase

September 2019

Hidden in plain sight next to Manor College and across from Saint Basil Academy stands the Motherhouse of the Basilian Sisters, an international order of consecrated women belonging to an ancient monastic tradition. For more than a century they have educated and served immigrants and others in need. How did they get there? Sisters will be in attendance to field questions after the talk, and we will also discuss the Byzantine icons that form a significant part of their spirituality.

Historical Reflection on Ukrainian Catholicism

Historical Reflection on Ukrainian Catholicism

September 2019

Christianity was officially introduced to Ukraine in 988 when Vladimir the Great converted to the faith. More than a millennium later the Ukrainian Catholic Church may be found all over the world and is especially well-represented in the Philadelphia area. Fr. Ivan Kaszczak is a priest, historian, and author who will offer a reflection on the Church’s history based in his scholarly research.

Beer in the History of Catholicism (Includes Beer Samples)

Beer in the History of Catholicism (Includes Beer Samples)

September 2019

Catholic religious life includes more than a millennium of tradition in fermenting, distilling, and brewing. From medieval Europe through today, monks and nuns have produced some fo the finest beer, wine, and spirits. Learn about this tradition and sample remarkable beers with Catholic origins.

Young Nuns in Their Own Words

October 2019

Do women still enter convents? Why? What are their lives like? Meet and speak with three young women who have embraced vocations as religious sisters. Theirs are stories of faith, hope, charity, and humor.

Catholicism and the Supernatural

Catholicism and the Supernatural

October 2019

In 1973 The Exorcist shocked and terrified audiences, inspiring countless other films in the years since. What is the underlying Catholic doctrine and theology in this classic? Does the Church still teach the existence of supernatural evil? Do exorcisms still happen?

Spirituality Program TBA

November 2019

This program to be announced will focus on spirituality.