FAQ

Answers to your questions about King’s House.

Here are some of the questions we get asked often about holding retreats, conferences, and meetings. Hopefully you can find the answer to what you are wondering about.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on these pages, call us at Christ the King Retreat Center at 763-682-1394 or Contact Us for further information.

How do I sign up for a retreat?

You can register for a retreat by the following methods:

  1. Click on Register to complete your registration via our website.
  2. Call King’s House at 763-682-1394 and provide us with your name, address, phone number, and the date of the retreat you would like to attend. If you call outside of office hours and no one is available to take your call, press 11 and leave a message with our office staff.
  3. Contact Us for further information.

If there are openings on the retreat you would like to attend, we will send you an e-mail and/or a letter confirming your place on that retreat. We will let you know immediately if the retreat you have requested is full so that you may choose another retreat date.

Please check our Calendar for the dates and types of future retreats.

What do I do at a retreat?

Our Silent Retreat format includes:

  • Celebration of the Eucharist
  • Reconciliation
  • Conferences
  • Individual Spiritual Direction
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Quiet time
  • Home-cooked meals

Our buildings and grounds also offer:

  • Chapel overlooking Buffalo Lake
  • Garden Court
  • Outdoor walk with Stations of the Cross
  • Blessed Virgin Mary grotto
  • Outdoor meditation area with the Crucified Savior
  • Bluff walks along Buffalo Lake
  • Library
  • Conference rooms
  • Book/Gift Shop
  • Art and Craft Room

Each retreat season (August through July) has a specific theme.  The Women’s Silent Retreat, Men’s Silent Retreat, Married Couples, Men & Women’s Silent Retreats, either Midweek or Weekend retreats provides conferences on the theme and follow the Silent Retreat format with group participation and quiet time for individual prayer, personal reflection, reading, rest, or spending time outside on our walking paths or bluff walks.

A Silent retreat offers the retreatant time to withdraw from the distractions of everyday routine, and allows them to focus time on their relationship with God. The time you are here is YOUR time and you are encouraged you to honor the body and the Spirit. This means that if you are tired, perhaps your body is telling you that you need rest, and you may need to miss one of the activities on the schedule.  Maybe personal prayer is leading you to a deeper point of reflection and you need to see that moment to its completion, spiritual direction is available to assist if needed.

The following web pages will provide you with further details on our retreats:

Retreat Schedules has details on the daily schedules of our Weekend and Midweek Retreats.

Our Calendar provides a list of the dates and types of our future retreats.

Serenity (12-Step) Retreat, Healing Retreats, Hope Days, Days of Centering Prayer, Individual Private Retreat and Directed Retreat pages have explanations of the types of retreats we offer.

How much does a retreat cost?

A non-refundable registration fee of $30 per person is required and must be received in order to reserve a room.  The suggested donation for our Weekend and Midweek retreats is $160 and includes conferences, meals, use of the buildings and grounds and private guest room. Our guest rooms have 2 twin beds with sheets, blankets, pillows and a bedspread. We assign 1 person per room (unless a married couple). Each sleeping room has a private bath with shower; we provide towels.

For special diet considerations (gluten-free or vegetarian), we require at least a 2-week notice. Our menu is set a few weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate a dairy-free diet at this time.  Kitchenettes are available with a refrigerator and microwave so retreatants are able to provide their own meals if needed.

Christ the King Retreat Center is not subsidized by any diocese or religious community. We rely on donations from friends and benefactors and the offerings received from our retreatants.

We accept donations via MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards as well as cash and check donations.

Can non-Catholics come to Christ the King? 

The Missionary Oblates of Christ the King are formed by Roman Catholic tradition, and go where people’s needs are the greatest.  King’s House welcomes all people who are seeking a relationship with God and a deeper understanding of their personal faith journey.

Is the retreat really totally silent?

Christ the King Retreat Center provides retreatants with a safe and sacred environment in which to deepen their relationship with God. We offer opportunities for silence as well as sharing with others. Some people find it helpful to share and discuss their spiritual journeys with others. Others find that they are led to quiet meditation and private prayer. While we ask for respectful quiet among our retreatants, we do not require complete silence throughout our retreats. There are designated areas for quiet conversation.

See Retreat Schedules for the details of a typical day during our Silent Weekend and Midweek retreats; and for retreats that are not designated as “silent”.

What about Spiritual direction?

Click this Spiritual Direction to be taken to information on Spiritual Direction.

What should I bring on a retreat?

Dress is comfy-casual. It is suggested to dress in layers appropriate to the season.  We are on Buffalo Lake and have some outdoor walking paths.  You may want to bring a favorite bible or devotional and a notebook for journaling.  You will need to bring your own toiletries.  We do have a small bookstore/gift shop with some incidental items in case you forget a toothbrush, etc.  We have a library with books, CDs and Videos and an art room with supplies. Coffee, tea, cappuccino and hot chocolate are available in our coffee rooms along with bottled water, and a variety of sodas.

What are the rooms like? 

We have 63 comfortable double rooms with private bath and 6 single rooms with shared bath and shower.  Each room has a 2 twin beds, linens and towels.  All rooms have a writing desk for your convenience. Several rooms are designated as handicapped accessible. 

See our Photo Tours pages for slideshows of our large and small chapels, building and public rooms, garden court and grounds.

I need special assistance. Can you help?

We do everything we can to assist persons who need special attention. Please contact us with your needs so we can make sure your needs are met.

Opportunities for Giving

Christ the King Retreat Center is not subsidized by any diocese or religious community. We rely on donations from friends and benefactors and the offerings received from our retreatants.  

We accept donations via MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards as well as cash and check donations.

Make a lasting Gift – One way to donate to King’s House is to dedicate a room in memory or in honor of a loved one or a dedicated servant of the Lord.  There are several rooms will available for memorial plaques.  Contact us for more information. 

Christ the King Retreat Center can also be remembered in your will. All bequests and gifts are not subject to taxation and retain their full value.  Our legal title is Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, Minnesota. Contact us for more information.

Privacy Statement

We do not sell or trade any personal information that you share with us. It is solely used for retreat registration and retreat-promotion purposes of the Christ the King Retreat Center.