IL Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center is a 90 acre retreat center located in Dittmer, Missouri (about an hour south of St. Louis). Nestled in the rolling hills of Jefferson County, IL Ritiro ("little retreat") seems to be in the middle of nowhere.
Following in the footprints of Saint Francis and Saint Clare in the Franciscan spirit of simplicity and hospitality, this retreat center offers a quiet place of solitude and respite for those wanting to grow deeper in their relationship with God, or for those who may need a quiet get-away.
Everything at IL Ritiro is geared towards fostering an appreciation for nature and contemplation. A small nature chapel, in addition to Our Lady of the Cedars Chapel, is available for quiet prayer.
Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Each of the three large houses have from 6 to 8 individual bedrooms with 11 to 17 beds. Three smaller houses accommodate 1 to 4 guests. All houses have fully equipped kitchens.
Trails offer a way to slow down, contemplating God, in the surrounding nature. Benches strategically placed by the pond and along the trails afford the opportunity to just "be".
Perhaps God is calling you to slow down, to "come away and rest for a while." IL Ritiro allows one to spiritually recharge in the wonder and awe of nature and prayer.
To check availability, please see 'Bookings' for the date you'd like to visit.