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Santa Casa, Queenscliff

Important Notice

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, retreats are now offered online via Zoom.


Santa Casa is closed to visitors at least until the end of December 2020, but we would love to welcome you to one of our online retreats (details below).


We take the safety of our community, staff and clients very seriously and for this reason have made the decision to close our site.

Santa Casa provides a sacred place of refreshment and nurture for body, mind and spirit. Through its staff, retreats and programs it seeks to offer:

  • A homely space where all feel welcome, especially the most vulnerable;
  • A contemplative container for the deepening of spirit;
  • A deep reverence for all creation;
  • A place to hold tradition within evolving consciousness.

2021 Retreats

ONLINE – February 28th to March 5th

“Come and See”:  Reading John’s Gospel with Ecological Eyes

Facilitator: Liz Dowling RSM

There will be two sessions of input with discussion each day.  These sessions will take place between 10am and 11am AEDT and 3.30pm and 4.30pm AEDT.  The rest of the day is for your own reflection.

Cost:  $300

To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au


2020 Retreat Program

To learn more about our Facilitators, click here.

Retreats are now online via Zoom.
Details are below.

CHANGE OF DATE – October 2020: Tuesday 27th

Exploring Ecological Conversion

Facilitator: Elizabeth Dowling RSM

In this reflection day we will bring Pope Francis’ call to ecological conversion into dialogue with some of our wisdom tradition.  There will be an hour of in put and discussion at 10am and another at 3pm.  The rest of the day will be for your own reflection.

This reflection day is delivered via Zoom.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 828 7080 7356
Passcode: 414042

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

CANCELLED – September 2020: Friday 18th – Thursday 24th

Trinity – Heart of our Desiring

Facilitator: Colleen Rhodes RSM

By the Word of God the heavens were made,
Their starry host by the Breath of God’s mouth. Ps 33:6

Trinitarian life is an extraordinary expression of joy that we are made to share. Although the Trinity was unknown to the ancient peoples, they knew God through God’s Word and God’s Spirit in a way that can renew and invigorate our relationship with God as Trinity. During this retreat we will explore ways of encountering the Trinity in our everyday life. It will be a time of prayerful reflection on the Triune God whose flowing life constantly draws us to share in the energy of God’s love. Each day there will be a reflection on a different aspect of our call to live into the beauty and wonder of the God in whose image we are made. We will contemplate the Trinity in creation and in the beauty and the challenges of our own lives and ponder the Mystery of God as Trinity and Unity that we see in the wonder of our cosmic home.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

One session on 18 September at 4pm; two sessions per day between 19 and 24 September at 10.30am and 4pm.

Cost $300 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKYYX

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – September 2020: Sunday 27th – October 2nd

In the Gaze of Luminous Presence

Facilitator: Kerrie Hide

For our God is a consuming fire….Heb 12:29
In an atmosphere of prayerful silence we will create a communion consciousness. Together, we will ponder the contemplative nuances of unitive seeing from our oneness in luminous Presence. We will focus on the mystical symbol of fire expressed in the writings of Gertrude of Helfta, Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, John Tauler, Teilhard de Chardin and Iia Delio. Ever attentive to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit enflaming our hearts, we will draw out implications for creations’ evolutionary flow into oneness in Love.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

Two sessions per day at 9.30am and 4pm.

Cost $350 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKZBR

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – October 2020: Sunday 11th – Sunday 18th

Teilhard de Chardin and the Way of Transformation Through Love and Suffering

Facilitators: Madeline Duckett RSM and Robyn Fizgerald

This retreat will explore central aspects of the spiritual journey of Teilhard de Chardin as a guide for our own inner unfolding to fullness of being in the Cosmic Christ. It will focus on the hidden, mystical power of love and suffering to transform our hearts towards becoming prophets of hope in a world in need of hope. There will be opportunity for spiritual direction and Eucharist.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

Times to be announced.

Cost $300 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKZBS

for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

CANCELLED – October 2020: Wednesday 21st – 28th

Journey to Jerusalem, “Journey of Life”

Facilitator: Fr Peter Varengo

Luke’s Gospel narrative is structured around Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, the place of revelation and fulfilment, and the paradigm of the faith journey of faith and discipleship.

Through a variety of encounters along this road, the disciple is called to come to terms with personal identity and destiny.

Cost $600 (GST not included)

To book or for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – October 2020: Friday 30th – November 5th

Treasuring Our Later Years

Facilitator: Nicole Rotaru RSM

As we consider themes that take on a special significance in our later years: awakening to new possibilities; spirituality; meaning in my life now; relationships; gratitude; death – mystery; our days together will lead us into a deeper recognition of ‘see how I carried you, all along the road you travelled, on the way to this place.’ Deut 1:31 and an unfolding of ‘I am a foreigner in the land of old age and have tried to learn its language.’ May Sarton.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

Two sessions per day at 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Cost $300 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKZBT

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – December 2020: Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th

Advent:  the Heart of Transformation

Facilitators: Carole Carmody RSM and Margaret Moore RSM

You are invited to a Time of Contemplation, Silence, and Shared Reflection with opportunities for Spiritual companioning if desired, via Zoom.

Session times are as follows:
Thursday, 3 December – 7pm to 8pm AEDT
Friday, 4 to Sunday, 6 December – 10am to 11am AEDT AND 5pm to 6pm AEDT


RSVP by 2 December to santacasa@ismapng.org.au

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 811 0089 1605
Passcode: 347412

To book or for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

CANCELLED – December 2020: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th

“Prepare the Way of the Lord …” (Is. 40:3)

Facilitator: Madeline Duckett

As the final weeks of the year move rapidly towards their endpoint and the consumer world revs o fever pitch enticing us to spend more money, this weekend is a time to step aside, rest and re-focus. Over these two days we will touch into the heart of Advent – preparing for the birth of the Christ into our world, into our lives and into our hearts. What “Pathway” am I preparing for God to walk?

Cost $350 (GST not included)

To book or for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

Other information about our Centre:


For bookings and further information contact:

Sr Lizzie Finnerty rsm
Santa Casa
33-35 Flinders Street
Queenscliff VIC 3225
Phone: (03) 5258 2661
Mobile: 0418 194 261

Website: http://institute.mercy.org.au/santa-casa
Email: santacasa@ismapng.org.au