AMRH Sponsored

Preached Priest Retreats – 2018

October 21-25, 2018

Dear Monsignors and Fathers,

We are once again inviting you to make your annual retreat at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We have two retreats scheduled for:  June 10-14, 2018 and October 21-25, 2017, both are preached retreats.

October 21-25, 2018

Fr. Thomas J. Boyer

The retreat is entitled “Seven Deadly Sins or Seven Lively Virtues.” He will explore the traditional Deadly Sins in terms of the temptations they bring to priests and propose Virtues with which to grow away from those temptations.

Fr. Boyer was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His education includes: Bachelor of Science – St. Meinrad College of Liberal Arts; Master of Divinity – St. Meinrad School of Theology; Summer Institutes – University of Leuven, Belgium and Loyola University, New Orleans. He previous pastoral assignments include: Pastor at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Norman, OK; Rector of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK; Pastor at St. Thomas More University Parish, Norman, OK; Pastor at St. Joseph Parish Union City, OK; Administrator/Faculty Member at Mount St. Mary High School Oklahoma City; Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, Oklahoma City. 

Fr. Boyer also served at Director of Catholic Youth Ministry; Director of Vocations; Consulter the Archbishop; Member of the Council of Priests; Member of the Archbishop’s Personnel Board; and Faculty Member for Summer Institutes for National Pastoral Musicians. He is a past member of: National Federation of Priests Councils; National Organization for Continuing Education of Priests; National Pastoral Musicians; Regional Representative to National Federation of Priests Councils; and the National Catholic Youth Organization National Board.

He has given guest lectures at: St Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology – Institute for Priests; Conception Seminary College – Commencement Address – Student Retreat; more than thirty Diocesan Presbyteral Assemblies and Retreats; Numerous Parish Lenten Missions throughout the United States; Keynote Address and Homilies at National Catholic Youth Convention; The Ann Stolberg Lecture: Covington, KY; Saving Sacred Things Symposium: Catholic University of America; The Dolle Lecture: St Meinrad Seminary; St Gregory University, Shawnee, OK – Commencement Address; Frequent Guest Lecturer at University of Oklahoma School of Religious Studies; Participated in the Heartland Institute “Think Tank” regarding the Failure of Bi-partisan Politics at the University of Oklahoma February 2010.

The offering for the retreats will be $350.00. The retreats start on Sunday evening at 8:00 pm and close Thursday after lunch.

Once again we are offering silent and talking wings for the retreat. If you want your retreat to be silent, sign up for silent and if you want to talk during the retreat, sign up for non-silent.

Thank you for your support of the retreat house. Many of you have given personal donations as well as bination stipends. Some parishes have committed to an annual donation, by tithing part of their income, others take up a collection and some work it into their normal charitable giving. However it is done, we appreciate your support.

We also want to thank you for encouraging your parishioners, schools, organizations and committees to use our facilities. We will work with you to help meet your needs. We thank you for considering to make your annual retreat with us this year.

May God bless you in your ministry.  Deacon Al Weber, Director

Registration form

(   )     October 21-25, 2018 Preached Retreat – Fr. Thomas Boyer – Director

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     _________________       _______________

City                                                                 State                          Zip Code

Email: _______________________________________________________________________

(Confirmation of registration will be sent via email, unless an email address is not provided.)

Check if the following apply:

(   ) Silent

(   ) Non-silent

(   ) I will there for 6:00 pm supper Sunday

(   ) Sleeping room near restroom

(   ) Sleeping room away from restroom

(   ) Special diet —please specify ­­­­­­­­­_______________________________________________________________________________

(   ) Other needs: Please specify _________________________________________________________________________________

Preached Retreat donation: $350

(___) $25 Non-refundable deposit enclosed.

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Lay Retreats – 2018

March 23-25, 2018 — MEN’S RETREAT – Rev. James Starbuck, Retreat Director

Theme:  “No Greater Love”

A reflective journey through the passion of St. John the Evangelist.

Fr. Jim Starbuck was ordained a priest for the Oakland Diocese of California. He served in the military as a surgical nurse and later, after his ordination and a time in parish work, as a Chaplain. Fr. Jim lives in Cedar Falls. He gives retreats, missions, renewal days, is a spiritual director, and he has a healing ministry. He speaks from his heart sharing his own relationship with Jesus and the work of the Spirit.

Arrival is at 8:00 p.m. Friday and departure after lunch Sunday.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).


October 12-14, 2018 — CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS AND WOMEN’S RETREAT               (Open to all women, members and non-members.)     

YEARLY RETREAT — October 12-14, 2018

Begins 8:00 p.m. Friday, and ends on Sunday with lunch.

THEME OF THE RETREAT:  “Woman Full of Grace”

How each of us as human beings is full of God’s grace and because of that grace we are transformed into the person of Jesus Christ. 


Fr. Jim Starbuck

Fr. Jim was ordained a priest for the Oakland Diocese of California. He served in the military as a surgical nurse and later, after his ordination and a time in parish work, as a Chaplain. Fr. Jim lives in Cedar Falls. He gives retreats, missions, renewal days, is a spiritual director, and he has a healing ministry. He speaks from his heart sharing his own relationship with Jesus and the work of the Spirit.

If you have not made a retreat at AMRHDuring your short stay, you will have a private room for prayer as well as prayer together; the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, Anointing, wonderful meals and time to be with God in a relaxed manner. This is a silent retreat, which means enjoying a quiet atmosphere – just listening with your heart (God’s language), praying and singing.   Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend. This includes the stipend for the retreat director, delicious meals, overnight accommodations and the peace and quiet. If you cannot attend for the full weekend, again this year we are offering options hoping more Women and Catholic Daughters will take the time to be and pray together.   For more information contact: American Martyrs Retreat House: 319-266-3543      

Please register carefully on the form below and return the form along with your deposit.   


Please register me for:

Name of Retreat: Catholic Daughters of the Americas   Date: October 12-14, 2018

Your Name _____________________________________

Phone # ________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

Email ________________________________________________________________

I plan to attend the entire weekend retreat:  

____   $135.00      (2 overnights, 5 meals, director’s stipend)                                               MOST FULFILLING RETREAT

I plan to attend Friday evening and Saturday:      ____   $ 93.00      (1 overnight, 3 meals, director’s stipend)

I plan to attend Saturday only:                                    ____   $ 48.00      (3 meals, director’s stipend, use of facility)

Enclosed is my $25 non-refundable deposit:             ____   Deadline, October 8, 2018  

Please return to:    

American Martyrs Retreat House2209 N. Union Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0028     Come, and bring a friend!  






December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018 NEW YEAR’S EVE RETREAT – Scott Froyen

Topic: A Resolution Revolution – Make it Matter and Perpetuate

Purpose: To build and live your personal plan toward sainthood

Outcome: Participants will leave with a one-page personalized 2018 plan toward sainthood, and a measurement system to keep them engaged and on track.

Time:  New Year’s Eve 2017 (5 p.m.) – New Year’s Day 2018 (11 a.m.)

Retreat Director: Scott Froyen

Scott is the Founder of The Saint Builder Foundation and author of the book, “sAint Me?! – A practical guide to building and living your personal plan toward sainthood.” He is a graduate of UNI and a CPA. He spent 33 years as a business leader in the health insurance industry. He thought he had retired into a life of leisure, but surprise, the Holy Spirit had other plans. By combining his results-oriented business expertise in problem solving and planning with his lifelong Catholic faith, he is now on a mission to guide, motivate and inspire people to strive to become saints, starting with himself. For further information please refer to

Retreat Overview: There will be three general sessions providing participants an opportunity to (1) reflect upon the past year, (2) develop 2018 goals, and (3) design a plan to achieve those goals. An ongoing review process and tool will also be presented to help ensure that plans become actions that achieve results. Each session will include presentation of concepts and methods, group discussion and ample time for individual reflection and planning. Also, please bring your sense of humor as Scott always brings his.

For purposes of this retreat, a saint is defined as someone who is striving to be their best self for the benefit of others, and is living virtuously. Those everyday little “s” saints, not canonized big “S” Saints. But who knows what you might accomplish through this one small step to plan your future.

This session is open to everyone who is interested in striving to become the saint they are meant to be. Need a couple quotes to become inspired to attend?

“To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.” – Pope Francis

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Retreat Contribution:  AMRH requests a contribution of $65.00 per person.  As a “thank you” to the DREAMERS, they may deduct $5.00 if they worked on the DREAM weekend!

To register or with further questions, contact the American Martyrs Retreat House #319-266-3543 or email






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