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