Programs

The following programs are coordinated by ICC staff.




School of Spiritual Direction 

Through Franciscan University of Steubenville​

Three-Year Intensive Program


Apply Now for the 2024-2026 Program:

Year 1: January 28 - February 10, 2024

Application Due Date: September 1, 2023


Please note: The previous start date has been shifted forward by one year to 1/28/2024 to provide more time for participants to submit their applications.


The Immaculate Conception Center, in partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville, is offering a three-year intensive training program for individuals who feel called to serve as Spiritual Directors.  We invite you to prayerfully consider joining our program to begin accompanying brothers and sisters in Christ on their journey with our Lord.

Through class presentations, personal prayer, reflection with sacred Scripture, retreats, a supervised practicum, and other formation practices, students will grow in self-knowledge and awareness of God's presence in their lives.  They will develop tools to help directees move forward in their spiritual journey and achieve greater intimacy with God.  Students will also receive training in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The certification program is a three-year commitment. Upon completion students will be certified by the Franciscan University of Steubenville to offer individual spiritual direction through affiliating with a parish, a retreat center, a Newman Center, or a ministry sponsored by a religious order or church organization.
Program Cost per Year:

Overnight Students
Lodging & 3 meals/day
One-time payment: $3000

Commuter Students
No lodging & 2 meals/day
One-time payment: $2600

*Minimal scholarships may be available.  Some parishes or organizations help students financially in return for spiritual directors offering their services to the parish/organization.




"Called to Worship" Silent Retreat & Spiritual Direction

Register Now SOLD OUT

February 24-26, 2023


The Immaculate Conception Center is pleased to offer a retreat for Catholics seeking to renew and deepen their faith. The “Called to Worship” silent retreat weekend provides participants with an opportunity to encounter the Lord’s presence in an atmosphere of contemplation and prayer. Reflections and Scriptural meditations will be offered by a team of lay and religious retreat guides. Spiritual direction will be available throughout the weekend for those who desire it. 


The cost of the retreat is $180 per person ($120 for commuters).  

Space is limited, call 860-928-7955 or register online.

SOLD OUT
Friday
Arrival 5:00 - 7:00 PM
BYO Bagged Supper
Holy Hour, Beginning of General Silence

Saturday
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper
Morning & Evening Liturgy of the Hours
Mass & Holy Hour, with Confession
Presentations, Guided Lectio Divina, Q/A
Spiritual Direction Time & Private Prayer

Sunday
Meals: Brunch
Morning Liturgy of the Hours
Sunday Mass
Spiritual Direction Time & Private Prayer
Presentations, Sharing, Final Blessing
Departure at 12:00 PM




Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:00PM 

Join us for a weekly Bible study as we explore the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments through book and topical studies. The study group meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30PM. Scripture studies are offered in partnership with the St. Therese Parish adult faith formation program and are open to anyone in the community, typically running 8-10 weeks in duration.  The material cost can be lowered or waived upon request. Please contact us to inquire about current and upcoming study series.  




Current Study

"Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother"March 1 - April 19

Please contact us to register.




Men's Penitential Weekend: Fasting, Prayer & Penance

Scheduled:

March 31-April 2, 2023


The Immaculate Conception Center is offering a penitential gathering for men willing to fast and pray for the needs of our families, our Church, and our world.  The weekend provides retreatants an opportunity to encounter the Lord’s presence through fasting, penance, confession and Eucharistic adoration.  An optional 14-mile “Stations of the Cross” pilgrimage is planned for those who are able. The weekend includes a two-night stay and one meal at the conclusion of the fast.  

There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. 
Space is limited, call 860-928-7955 or email to register.
Friday
Prior to arrival, suggestion to begin fast at 3:00 PM
Arrival by 8:00 PM
Presentation, Preparation of Intentions
Adoration until Midnight

Saturday
Morning & Evening Liturgy of the Hours
Holy Hour with Confession, Vigil Mass
"Stations of the Cross" 14-mile Pilgrimage
Guided Reflection & Litany of Repentance
Adoration until Midnight

Sunday
Morning Liturgy of the Hours
Blessing of Penitents
Communal Breakfast
Departure at 8:00 AM




Bible & Catechism Readings ~ 2023 Calendar & Checklist

Free to View or Download


Looking for a way to dig deeper into Sacred Scripture?   Wanting to improve your understanding of the Catholic faith?  Try out our calendar/checklist of Bible and Catechism readings.  With several reading plans, you can find the option that fits into your day, or read at your own pace and use the checklist to track your progress.  Our calendar can be easily printed or bookmarked on your mobile device.  Click here to view or download the plan.