COVID-19 Protocols

In response to the recommendations of the CDC and the guidelines provided to us by the State of Michigan, we have the intention of observing the following protocols at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center during the 2020-2021 season.

General Information:

  • Masks are required to be worn by all visitors during the duration of their visit.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the Retreat Center.
  • Social distancing of six feet will be observed throughout the Center.

For our Retreatants:

  • Capacity is 34 retreatants.
  • Overnight guests will have their temperature taken and will be asked CDC screening questions upon their arrival.
  • Room assignments will be scattered through the center for social distancing safety. Requests for the handicap accessible room or rooms with grab bars should be made prior to arrival.
  • Public restrooms in the lobby are only available to guests without assigned bedrooms.
  • Main conference talks will take place in St. Gemma Hall.
  • Retreatants will receive three name cards upon arrival. They will choose a chair/pew in the conference room, dining room and chapel and use that same spot for the entire weekend.
  • Gatherings in the Assembly Room will not be permitted.

In the Dining Room:

  • Only two people will be seated at each table in the dining room.
  • Meals will be served to guests (no self-service buffet.)
  • A glass will be placed at each place setting in which guests can place their mask during the meal.

In the Chapel:

  • Pews will be marked to indicate where guests should sit.
  • Masks should be worn during Mass and only removed when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Guests are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
  • Confessions (behind the screen) will be available in the confessionals as usual.
  • Face-to-face Reconciliation as well as Spiritual Direction/Counseling will take place in offices with six-foot spacing.


  • Masks are not required outside, however, please follow social distancing guidelines.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unusual circumstances together.