About Us

Rooted in the spirit of Franciscan hospitality, simplicity and Gospel values, the Washington Retreat House welcomes people of all faith traditions and those promoting the common good through their outreach.  The Retreat House community offers an environment of peace and quiet for all who come here for personal, communal or organization reflection, study or spiritual renewal.  Through our shared life of at-one-ment, we are dedicated to support and encourage everyone who comes to the Retreat House to live a life of compassion, justice and true service.

Our beautiful retreat house is nestled between the Saint John Paul II National Shrine and the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family.  The Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence is located behind our property, while the Catholic University of American, across the street, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are within walking distance to the Washington Retreat House.

Truly, we are a blessed and holy respite for prayer and spirituality.  Located in the North-East Washington, DC, our property invites people to, ‘Come, rest a while,’ or perhaps go for a serene stroll amidst shady trees and green lawn. It is inviting for those who wish to come to be spiritually refreshed, renewed or reconciled with God.

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Programs Hosted at the WRH

Caldwell Community

All Are Welcome Caldwell Community is an Intentional Eucharistic Community  Hosted at the WRH, come celebrate Sunday Morning Mass with us at 10:30am in the Chapel. "Our commitment is to the Word of God and [...]

Laudato Si’ Action Platform

WE'RE ALL PART OF GOD'S PLAN(ET) At the heart of our mission at WRH is a thriving Franciscan charism and care for the dignity of all creation. With that, we are partnering with other like-minded [...]

Franciscan Justice Circles

Participants have formed a Franciscan Justice Circle and new members are always welcome.  We gather at the Washington Retreat House on Saturdays at 10 a.m..   We invite Franciscan-hearted individuals who feel called to engage [...]