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Madonna house has changed my life. I've learned to love people more! It's not just people you have a natural affection for it truly is a choice to will the good of the other. Authentically loving yourself and others. It is the school of love where you learn who people are by being present with them and enjoying the simplicity of their presence

- Mary Catherine

I found so much support within your community, and so much beauty in how, even though each member is totally an individual and totally unique, you all rely on each other and rely on the Lord and his Mother completely.

- Melissa

Madonna House feels like my second home, like the family I never had. Coming here, coming home, is like a breath of fresh air for me. It gives me the opportunity to recenter my priorities and focus entirely on God through service to my brothers and sisters!

- Jonathan

As a guest, I found that a significant part of life at Madonna House is learning to carry out the duty of the moment: God’s will for the present moment—whatever he wants for right now—everything from doing dishes, to chopping vegetables, making your bed, going to Mass, or cleaning outdoor “jons”.

- R.A.

Here’s something so soothing for the soul being here and it really brings you closer to God to get away from all the noise and distraction of the outside world.

- Kelly

I learned a lot being here—about living in faith and trust, about the treasures of obedience and about the diversity in the Body of Christ.

- Jennifer

Serving, praying, living my faith were all meshed together here. I could serve, laugh, tell stories, and pray, all at the same time. It was quite exciting, really. What graces I was given at Madonna House! I became aware that the greatest gift I received here was love.

- Paul


We welcome men and women, usually between 19 to 40 years old, to stay at Madonna House in Combermere for varying lengths of time as guests.

The experience of staying at Madonna House is an immersion, a full participation into the daily life of our family where the primary focus is following Christ’s invitation to “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). Our guests live the liturgical year alongside the community members helping with simple chores and joining the daily rhythm of prayer, study, and recreation.


  • Mass & Communal prayer
  • Eucharistic adoration
  • Family-style meals and dormitory living
  • Daily chores with community members
  • Recreation and free time
  • Personal spiritual guidance available

There is no set fee for a visit to Madonna House. Since we depend on Divine Providence through the generosity of our benefactors, we appreciate donations our guests are able to offer.


All guests are asked to participate fully in our daily schedule of prayer, chores, communal meals and recreation.

The daily routine follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Assigned chores
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch followed by spiritual reading
  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Resume chores and afternoon tea break
  • 5:15 p.m. Holy Mass
  • 6:00 p.m. Supper
  • Evenings are free unless a scheduled event
  • 9:00 p.m. Tea time
  • 9:30 p.m. Hymn to Our Lady to close the day


2024 dates: June 29 – August 3

What to Expect
-daily Mass & communal prayer
-working along-side community members
-seminars, lectures, witness talks, discussions
-recreation and free time
-personal spiritual guidance available
-family-style meals
-dormitory living
-open to men and women 19-35 years of age

Come and join us as we try to incarnate the Gospel in our daily lives.  Hear from our members—lay women, men and priests—about our way of life.

Come for all 5 weeks of our Summer Experience or just a minimum of one week.


  • Submit inquiry through Contact Form
  • Phone conversation with Registrar
  • Finalize a date
  • Visit at Madonna House

Any questions or ready to discern a stay at Madonna House reach out to our registrar!

What you do matters — but not much. Who you are matters tremendously

-Catherine Doherty

The primary focus is following Christ’s invitation:
“Love one another as I have loved you”

– John 13:34

If you have any questions or inquiries please fill out the form below to get in touch with our Madonna House staff

We will get back to you within 5 days!