The Retreat Center at Hillsboro

photo (8)Retreat Center at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Diocese of Easton. Formerly St. Paul’s Church Hillsboro, the vision is to use the spaces as a retreat center where individuals can come for quiet reflection, prayer, study, and/or spiritual direction; for time spent with God in stillness and quiet away from their busy lives. Additionally, the Center is available for group gatherings. Some possibilities are for vestry retreats, for women’s or men’s groups, for book studies, for lectures and learning.

While the Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese, all groups and denominations are welcome. The vision is that the Center be available for ecumenical as well as inter-faith gatherings and individuals.


Phone: 410-364-7042

22005 Church Street
Hillsboro MD, 21641photo (5)

P.O. Box 3
22005 Church St.
Hillsboro, MD 21641

Upcoming Events:

Recovering Spirit: Finding Our New Freedom

“What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.”
– Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 85

The touchstone for recovering from addiction is a healthy spiritual life. The fellowship of AA and the 12 Steps provides a pathway toward “a new freedom and a new happiness,” if we surrender to a power greater than ourselves.

During this retreat we will explore our spiritual condition and the possibilities for growth using teachings from

AA’s Steps 1, 2 and 3, other spiritual traditions, open sharing and intentional time of silence and meditation.

RETREAT LEADER – Reverend Paul W. Gennett Jr. has been an Episcopal priest for 24 years and currently serves as Rector at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware. Paul leads retreats on spiritual living and the 12 Steps for both recovering and non- recovering communities and enjoys his calling to walk with others in his own recovering spiritual journey.

Register online for this FREE retreat at or contact Francie at or call (410) 364-7042.

Registration deadline: Friday 10/14.
Light lunch will be available; free will offerings will be accepted.

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A Deep Dive into the Gospel of Matthew

You are invited to a morning of study and inspiration, with an eye toward the preaching that beckons in the year ahead.

Advent 1 will soon be upon us. In the Episcopal Church that means moving into Year A of the Liturgical Calendar and spending time in the Gospel of Matthew.

Rev. Dr. Kathy Grieb, born in the Diocese of Easton, is an author and professor of New Testament Studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary. She will share her expansive knowledge, perspective and experience with Matthew’s extraordinary gospel. Come to learn and spend time with this amazing woman, priest and follower of Jesus.

Make connections with colleagues from several Dioceses while enjoying fellowship and learning in the prayerful and gracious setting of the Retreat House at Hillsboro.

When: Monday November 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Agenda: 9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Teaching with Dr. Grieb
(with stretch & snack break)
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
RSVP: Online registration –, or
Suggested donation $40

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Spiritual Transformation: Crossing the Threshold into Life’s Second Half

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Every stage of life’s journey, from childhood through adolescence, to adulthood, to the wisdom years of retirement, has its own set of tasks that help us grow and mature. So too with our spiritual journey. We devote our earlier years to assimilating religious beliefs, moral principles, faith traditions and practices. Then in the second half we take on the life-changing gospel tasks, like praying for one’s enemy, feeding the poor, housing the homeless and becoming makers of peace and doers of justice.

Crossing the threshold into the second half of life is one of the most significant, transformative challenges and rewards of the spiritual journey. The challenge is that it often takes place at a time when life events cause us to feel like we are losing the capacity to manage and control our lives. Once we navigate through this state of bewilderment and confusion, the reward is a sense of exceptional freedom and peace – the realization of being “a new creation.”

During this retreat we will explore the challenge of being at this critical threshold event and how the Spirit companions and transforms us. We will set out on a new spiritual path akin to Robert Frost’s less traveled road that can make all the difference.

About the Retreat Leader: Fr. Phil Cover is an experienced retreat leader, spiritual director, educator, pilgrim guide and program director. His spiritual roots are in the Christian contemplative tradition. Currently, he serves as part of the adjunct staff at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of Journey with Purpose, The Inner Work of Lent, and The Seventh Trumpet.


8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Retreat Program
Light lunch will be available.

Register online at
or contact Francie at or (410) 364-7042.
Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 8.
Suggested donation: $40

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