Our Lady of Mattaponi Youth Retreat and Conference Center
11000 Mattaponi Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center is a beautiful place set aside for the young people of the Archdiocese to go on a retreat from the hectic pace of their busy lives. Here, they can encounter Christ together in parish and school groups by pondering His Word, receiving Him in the Eucharist at Mass and recognizing His presence in each other.
OYM/CYO, through Our Lady of Mattaponi Youth Retreat and Conference Center, offers:
- various retreat experiences in a special facility designed for overnight programs.
- a historic Manor House for day only conference, meeting, and recreational activities; and
- training in designing and leading retreats.
‘Remain in me.’ It is the Word of God who gives this order, expresses this wish. Remain in me, not for a few moments, a few hours which must pass away, but ‘remain…’ permanently, habitually. Remain in me, pray in me, adore in me, love in me, suffer in me, work and act in me. Remain in me so that you may be able to encounter anyone or anything; penetrate further still into these depths.” –Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Day long or overnight group retreats: our 130 acre site is a multi-purpose facility. Overnight retreat programs and services are available for groups, from 20 to 90 persons accommodated in a series of five cottages. Each cottage can hold twelve retreatants in bunk beds (Four retreatants per bedroom) and two chaperones in a twin bedded room. Each cottage has two full baths, kitchenette and sitting area. Programs can include days of recollection, confirmation retreats, eighth grade pre-graduation retreats, family retreats, parish retreats and specialized retreats for adolescents, young adults, or parish ministry teams. Groups provide their own bed linens and towels. Conference room has a large screen TV and video/dvd player, plus chalk board and flip chart (you supply paper). St. Raymond Chapel can accommodate 60 people and is fully equipped with all liturgical items. Visiting groups need not bring customary mass supplies.
Historic manor house and grounds for day conferences, meetings, and recreational activities. The fully restored historic Bowie mansion accommodates groups of up to 40 persons for planning days, conferences, training workshops, or other programs needs. Meeting rooms, dining space, a chapel, buffet meals, audio-visual equipment, and other amenities are available to parishes, schools, youth or young adult groups, and other organizations.
Training in designing and leading retreats is available through workshops offered to parish program leaders, coordinators and adolescent/young adult leaders interested in planning and guiding specific types of retreats for young people. Please call to reserve a date for a parish workshop or to inquire about fees and meal service.
The retreat center provides confirmation candidates the opportunity for guided reflection and prayer in a place set apart from the familiar home, school and parish surroundings.
The center can accommodate 35 comfortably, 50 tight. Please call the retreat center for current fees for rental, staff services and meals. Staff available or you can bring your own team. Access to meeting space, chapel and A/V room. A/V equipment available as well as chalk board, stereo and VCR/TV. Lunch Options: Groups may bring their own individual brown bag and drink or the center will provide lunch for an additional fee. Site has large open fields for hiking, mowed areas for football and soccer, a four-acre lake and an outdoor basketball court.
Eigth Grade Pre-Graduation Retreat
A special program designed to help your students complete their grade school experience with an upbeat attitude and to help them make the transition to high school. Call the retreat center for more information.
Annual fall fundraiser to benefit Our Lady of Mattaponi Youth Retreat and Conference Center. There is a craft show, family festival and bake sale. Items for sale include Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items, as well as handcrafted goods, religious goods, antiques and baked goods. Hot and cold luncheon food is served throughout the day.