Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center

Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center Adelynrood is a retreat ministry of The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. We offer women and men an opportunity to discover new resources for living through conferences, workshops and silent retreats.
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Beginning in 1915, with the completion of Adelynrood, the buildings and grounds have offered a variety of silent retreats, quiet days and study programs on religious, educational and social justice topics. Individuals and visiting groups retreat and meet in the surroundings that were purposely created. In June 2000, the new St. Clare wing opened and has enabled Companions to extend their ministry at Adelynrood beyond the summer season.

Beginning in 1915, with the completion of Adelynrood, the buildings and grounds have offered a variety of silent retreats, quiet days and study programs on religious, educational and social justice topics. Individuals and visiting groups retreat and meet in the surroundings that were purposely created. In June 2000, the new St. Clare wing opened and has enabled Companions to extend their ministry at Adelynrood beyond the summer season.

Mission: Restoration of the soul, good food for the body, and peacefulness for the mind.

Operating as usual

11/03/2020
Voices of Adelynrood

Companions singing in the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Annual Meeting and Assembly of 2019 (pre-COVID), with huge thanks to Companion Sammie Wakefield for this glorious video.

10/10/2020

SATURDAY, October 10 Vida Dutton Scudder
But [Jesus] said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” -Luke 8:21

Today we remember Vida Dutton Scudder (1861–1954). I learned about her when I lived in the Boston area and attended retreats at Adelynrood, the retreat center of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, of which Vida Dutton Scudder was a beloved member. The child of missionaries, Vida Scudder became a teacher at Wellesley College and was an avid social activist. She founded and championed a number of social and religious organizations that supported women, both socioeconomically and spiritually. She never quit her advocacy work, authoring sixteen books in her retirement years.

Another virtual offering! Please consider this your invitation to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: "Liberating Love...
10/01/2020
2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional | Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center

Another virtual offering! Please consider this your invitation to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: "Liberating Love through Prayer and Action"
All are welcome with limited space still available!
https://www.adelynrood.org/2020-mid-atlantic-regional/

Registration limited to 100 people. Registration will open for Mid-Atlantic Chapter Companions & Discerners on September 8th. As of September 15th, registration will be open to all Companions and Discerners. As of October 1st, it will open to the General Public. Scholarships are available, click her...

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09/24/2020

Please join us!

We will be at the gorgeous Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center for The Art of Storytelling Fundraiser this Sunday and tickets are almost gone! Join us for a socially distant stroll through a fantastic selection of artwork, and stay for a picnic while you're with us. We'll have Mystery Boxes available as well, so there will be items available at all price points, and everything will go to support Theater in the Open. Tickets are available at theaterintheopen.org #TITONBPT

08/09/2020

Anyone else got some excess anger they need to cope with? My guess is that this is true for a lot of us. I know I certainly seem to get a daily dose of frustration. I get mad at the government. I get mad at images on the media. I get upset with those in my neighborhood who refuse to wear a mask. So, yes, I have a surplus of anger these days. Which means I need to do something about it since anger left unresolved is spiritually unhealthy. Anger is energy. It is a motivational force within us that can be positive or negative, depending on where it is directed. I am intentionally focusing that energy toward causes that bring positive change. Every time I get angry, I see it as a reminder not to pile up more rage, but to get busy doing something constructive to make a difference. Don’t hold on to anger but put it to use.
(Our thanks to The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)

07/17/2020

Do you believe in telekinesis? I do because I have seen it work. Telekinesis is the psychic ability to move objects from a distance without touching them. Magicians often do it as a trick to make things seem to float in the air. But I think it can happen spiritually when enough people believe in something together so they actually have an impact on the world around them. One person trying to bend a spoon by staring at it may be a joke, but one person trying to inspire a community to action may be the beginning of a movement. The power of every person to affect change is real. It is within all of us. We can move mountains because faith makes things happen. The only difference is that in spirituality we don't call it telekinesis. We call it love.
(The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)

07/07/2020
ECCC - Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers

We give thanks for Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers

Join us every day this week to name and pray for our Episcopal camp and retreat ministries, offered by ECCC's board members.

Today, Tuesday, join Alida Garcia to pray for: All Saints Episcopal Center, Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center, Camp Beckwith, Bellwether Farm, Rock Point Camp, Bishop's Ridge: Stoney Camp and Recreation Center, Sheldon Calvary Camp, Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center, Camp All Saints

Will you name each of them in prayer, and then visit their pages and give them a "like" to see their ministry in action throughout the year?

#episcopalcampweek

06/03/2020

Loving God, in Jesus you were bullied, beaten, and killed. You are always on the side of those whose souls or bodies are mistreated. While I cannot be present with my body at the protests right now, I stand with all those who stand up for justice. Uphold them. Keep them safe. Grant us the courage to stand beside all who are harmed by the violence of racism with our bodies and in our prayers. Give us the words to speak out for those whose breath has been taken. Enkindle in our hearts the fire of your love that together we might end the scourge of racism that has infected our nation. (Jenifer Lee Gamber, SCHC)

06/01/2020

Now is the moment for which a lifetime of faith has prepared you. All of those years of prayer and study, all of the worship services, all of the time devoted to a community of faith: it all comes down to this, this sorrowful moment when life seems chaotic and the anarchy of fear haunts the thin borders of reason. Your faith has prepared you for this. It has given you the tools you need to respond: to proclaim justice while standing for peace. Long ago the Spirit called you to commit your life to faith. Now you know why. You are a source of strength for those who have lost hope. You are a voice of calm in the midst of chaos. You are a steady light in days of darkness. The time has come to be what you believe. (The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)

05/11/2020

Due to COVID-19, Adelynrood will be closed for the 2020 summer season. Most of our 2020 programs, retreats, and conferences will be offered in 2021 ... and maybe a surprise or two. We continue to pray that all of you are staying safe and healthy.

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04/12/2020

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04/12/2020

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Rest in peace dear Bishop Harris. Heaven is rejoicing and welcoming you home 🙏
03/14/2020
Barbara C. Harris: Remembering an irrepressible "first" and tireless advocate for justice | Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Rest in peace dear Bishop Harris. Heaven is rejoicing and welcoming you home 🙏

It has been said that God's time and ours met on Feb. 11, 1989, when Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be ordained a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion. On that day, while the world watched, a woman donned the symbolic regalia of the church's highest order for the first time—an A...

03/13/2020

Pandemic

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath –

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love –

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.
~ Lynn Ungar 3-11-2020

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03/13/2020

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02/26/2020

Today (February 26th) Holy Women, Holy Men celebrates the life and witness of Emily Malbone Morgan, founder of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.
We give thanks for the SCHC, those who went before, those who are, and those who shall be.
Gracious God, we thank you for the life and witness of Emily Malbone Morgan, who helped to establish the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross so that women who live in the world might devote themselves to intercessory prayer, social justice, Christian unity and simplicity of life. Help us to follow her example in prayer, simplicity, ecumenism and witness to your justice, for the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

02/08/2020
Steven Charleston

May God bless our friend Steven Charleston, and please enjoy his recent post 🙏

After trying to cope with so much bad news over the last many days, I think it might be helpful to pause for a small spiritual reality check. We have not yet come to the zombie apocalypse. The sun is still rising and setting pretty much on time. I don't think they will forget about tax season this year and cupcakes still contain calories. Brussels sprouts are weird and you would not want to go camping with some of my relatives. So basically things are functioning normally. We are okay for the weekend. Therefore, as your Hollywood agent, I advise you to rest up, wear a funny hat, and do something so outrageous that you can't stop smiling.

Please join us in praying for Australia. Thank you.
01/07/2020
Worldwide Collective Prayer Invitation for Australia

Please join us in praying for Australia. Thank you.

Thanks to Patty for the heads-up! by Brigeeta Light, January of 2020 Currently, there are out-of-control fires in several States of Australia including Tasmania. Both humans’ and anima…

12/21/2019

Something wonderful is about to happen. How do I know? Because it happens at this time every year. It is not a miracle, because it grows so naturally, so organically from the straw and mud of our real lives. Each year many of us invest our hearts in hope during this season. We quietly wait with the creatures of the field to see if we can find a star to follow. And each year we do. In spite of it all, we go on believing. And that is why I know something wonderful is going to happen. Hope is going to be born once more, here, with us, in the mud and the straw. (Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)

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12/21/2019

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11/24/2019

Some pre-Thanksgiving humor and insight from our dear friend Steven Charleston ...

I want to say a word in defense of organized religion. I know some folks have had bad experiences in religion. But there is one powerfully redeeming factor about organized religion that I believe should be thoroughly evaluated: pot luck suppers. Or lunches. Or brunches. It doesn't matter because the important thing is the food. Nobody brings a bad dish to a pot luck. They bring the best they can because they want it to be gone by the end of the meal. And that's where I come in: helping them to have their dish completely finished off even if it means going back for seconds. And, on high holy days, even thirds. So before you walk out on organized religion think of your favorite casserole: the cornerstone of organized religion in America! (Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)

Please check our 2020 program calendar (in January) ... we will be having a very special weekend supporting Joanna Macy'...
11/18/2019
Apocalypse Got You Down? Maybe This Will Help

Please check our 2020 program calendar (in January) ... we will be having a very special weekend supporting Joanna Macy's vision and work; ... and read on ... fabulous article!

Searching for a cure for my climate crisis grief.

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10/29/2019

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Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center
10/29/2019

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10/29/2019

I have come to count the days, as if they were a rosary of my life, bead after bead, each a prayer, a memory, a face that lingers before my mind, a name on the tip of my tongue, and then it is gone, drifting back into the mist, into the soft shadows of older days, past dreams and forgotten secrets. I am a time counter now, made so by my age and sentiment, a longing to make it last, a recognition of just how beautiful each bead really is, every one a sacred chance, a single day, but a day like no other. Your life is your rosary. Count each day blessed. And then pray that day well, pray it as deeply as you can, for as long as you can, before the mist of evening rises to fade the edges of another day. (Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)

Companions enjoying the fabulous Adelynrood gardens.
09/07/2019

Companions enjoying the fabulous Adelynrood gardens.

09/02/2019
Steven Charleston

Steven Charleston

Random Lessons From My Elders: Walk the straight path wherever you go and you will not be far from the Spirit. Speak as honestly as you can or be silent. Even if you lose everything else, keep your dignity. Stand up for what you believe but be willing to bend if you want that belief to grow. Search your heart for the answers your mind cannot show you. If you cannot hear the voice of your ancestors it means you are too far from where you should be: turn around. Kindness is meant for every living thing with no exceptions. Tears are sacred. The peace you seek can be found in the love you share. If you breathe, you pray.

Humor at Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center
08/11/2019

Humor at Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center

07/20/2019

The irony of the recent national debate over who should stay in this country as a real American is not lost on those of us who were always here. It would be easy to make the joke that we Native Americans gather secretly at an undisclosed location on the reservation, bring out the drum, and begin chanting: send them home. That's funny because it illustrates the historical fact that no person of European ancestry can claim to be an owner of this land except by right of conquest. Which is what this recent spectacle is really all about. It is not about who is a real American, since only a handful of us can make that claim legitimately, but about who dominates, who has the power. It is about control as much as it is about color. The same tragic need to exercise power over others through racism that fueled white colonialism is still alive and well and seeking to control everything around it. That is what we, as indigenous people, would like to see go away: that sad need to control rather than to share. So if you want a Native American view on the recent situation, here it is: you all can stay, but let racism and injustice be banished from our midst once and for all. That is what is un-American.
The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston

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07/02/2019

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06/28/2019
New England Pipe & Drum Academy

Thank you New England Pipe & Drum Academy for this lovely video!

A wee collection of photos that show off Adelynrood, the beautiful setting that New England Pipe & Drum Academy is held each June.

06/27/2019

I believe you. That single statement, three simple words, are among the most powerful spiritual messages we can offer to another human being. They are words of affirmation and liberation. To the woman telling her painful story of abuse, to the young man describing racial profiling, to the child experiencing bullying, to the transgender teen sharing their identity for the first time: these words are critical for them to hear. I believe you. Those words break open fear and isolation, allowing the person a place to stand in dignity and hope. If we want to set the captives free, these are the words that unlock the door. (Bishop Steven Charleston)

Address

46 Elm St
Byfield, MA
01922

Take the Newburyport commuter rail to from North Station to Newburyport, OR take the C and J bus from South Station or Logan Airport to Newburyport. Taxi service from there a short distance to Adelynrood.

General information

Adelynrood offers: Sleeping Accommodations for 70, with some double rooms Shared Bathrooms Large Chapel Libraries Buffet Dining Spacious Grounds The Chapel and meeting rooms are equipped with hearing assists through our public address system.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 21:00
Sunday 09:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(978) 462-6721

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