San Damiano Retreat Center – Illiniois

The right choice of retreat center for your next getaway or vacation may provide you with one of the most relaxing and renewing experiences ever.

At San Damiano Retreat Center,  you set the pace, using your stay for rest, relaxation, prayer or meditation. Enjoy peaceful prayer gardens with scenic walks located on almost 200 acres in the Shawnee National Forest.

The retreat

Check in at Visitor Center where you will also find a religious gift center, religious art display, and dining room. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is available to all overnight guests. The Visitor Center Dining Room hosts a special Sunday church dinner on the first Sunday of the month from Noon until 2:00PM. Sunday church dinner reservations are advised, but not required.

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There is a forty-five-seat chapel in the conference building, religious book and video libraries, and a fabulous religious art display in mosaic and tapestry depicting religious icons.

San Damiano offers its guests quiet walkways through woods where white tail deer wander with their fawns. Guests can visit the peaceful Blessed Mother’s Prayer Garden or Garden of the Angels, which has representations of the Choirs of Angels. Outdoor Stations of the Cross also offer a scenic way to remember the Passion of Our Lord. Home of the largest bronze Christus of the Good Shepherd in the United States.

Accommodations

All guest accommodations are situated on the bluff overlooking the Ohio River. The view of the river is spectacular. Suites have individual air-conditioning and heating, two queen size beds, TV, deck overlooking the Ohio River, light-blocking draperies, kitchen with gas stove and oven, refrigerator, kitchen cook and bake ware, dishes and silverware (no dishwasher or microwave.)

Deluxe suites are larger units feature jetted whirlpool tubs and separate showers in oversized baths. A local super market and convenience store is nearby. There is a hospital and emergency room 7 miles from San Damiano.

Retreat Center

San Damiano is a retreat for adults. There are no provisions for children. Adults need a safe and quiet place for rest, relaxation, and meditation. 2 miles south of the intersection of IL routes 146 & 34. Call for reservations. Phone (618) 285-3507 or call toll free 1-800-716-1558.

More to do

Shawnee Forest

Getting There

San Damiano is located 9 miles east of Golconda, IL and 2 miles south of the junction of Illinois routes 146 & 34; from there, follow the directional signs to San Damiano’s entrance.

San Damiano is less than a 3 hour drive southeast of Saint Louis, MO, 1 mile north of Paducah, KY, 5 ½ hour south of Chicago, and 3 hours north of Memphis. Located 20 miles south of Harrisburg, IL or 10 miles east of Golconda, IL and 2 miles south of the intersection of IL routes 146 & 34.

Call for reservations. Phone (618) 285-3507 or call toll free 1-800-716-1558. If the line is busy, keep dialing, a receptionist is on duty daily.

 

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