The St. Thomas More House of Prayer is a Catholic retreat center, approved by the Diocese of Erie, with the mission of praying and promoting the Liturgy of the Hours. Any individual or group in need of a quiet place to stay and willing to participate in praying the Liturgy of the Hours is most welcome.
Be Not Afraid
If you are unfamiliar with the Liturgy of the Hours, we can help you understand this particular form of liturgical prayer and appreciate why the Church encourages gatherings of the laity, “to fulfill the Church’s office by celebrating part of the Liturgy of the Hours.”
We can also assist you in the mastering the “nuts and bolts” of using the prayerbook which can be a little confusing in the beginning.
Don’t forget to ask for your complimentary copy of Night Prayer or Sunday Evening Prayer included with your overnight stay. These are great “beginner guides”. Email or call us to find out how you can get free prayer books for your parish or group or to get a prayer book by donation.
It is our desire to maintain a quiet, peaceful atmosphere conducive to prayer, meditation, and contemplation at all times. Please be mindful of other guests.
The St. Thomas More House of Prayer is a media-free environment. Ordinarily, we ask you not to bring any type of electronic or print media or entertainment with you. This does not apply to materials or equipment needed for retreats and presentations.
We ask all our guests to dress in a manner appropriate for private and common prayer. Dress will range from casual to more formal but, please, no sweat pants, cutoffs, clothes with holes, or immodest dress. In the winter months, you may like to bring a pair of slippers and a cozy sweater.
Children are always welcome. For their own safety and in order to maintain the proper atmosphere for prayer and study, they must be supervised at all times. There is a playroom that can help keep them occupied.
If your group of 10 or more wants provided meals, they will be served in the dining room. Or, if your group would like to prepare your own meals the main kitchen or a separate guest kitchen are available.
There are 14 rooms with various bed arrangements: single, double, triple and family. Each has it’s own bath with a tub or shower and all sheets and towels are included. we have a total of 28 beds, 11 double and 17 single.
There is also a separate apartment for priests on the main floor of the building.
See the photo gallery or email us to receive a document with more detailed information on room arrangements.
There are a variety of spaces available for your group to gather for presentations and discussions: the dining room and foyer as well as a smaller private conference room. Additionally, the wooded property including trails and a rosary walk are open for your use.
When booking a retreat, please let us know what Liturgical needs you may have so that our Sacristan can help prepare for Holy Mass, Adoration or Confession.
The chapel is only to be used for prayer; Conferences, skits, presentations, and all other retreat activities should be held outside the chapel.
The altar, chairs, etc. should not be rearranged.
Food and drink are not to be brought into the chapel.
Private devotions such as the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, etc., should end 10 minutes prior to a prayer “Hour” and not begin until 10 minutes after an “Hour”.
Times for the Liturgy of the Hours:
Office of Readings 5:30am – 6:00am
Morning Prayer 8:00am – 8:20am *
Mid-Morning 10:00am – 10:10am
Mid-Day Prayer 12:00pm – 12:10pm *
Mid-Afternoon 3:00pm – 3:10pm
Evening Prayer 5:30pm – 5:50pm *
Night Prayer 8:00pm – 8:10pm *
*All guests are expected to attend the prayers marked with an asterisk.
Please Note: On Sundays, only Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm and Night Prayer is at 8:00pm are offered. Sunday Mass is not available unless offered by a priest in your group.