• About Us This special place attracts spiritual pilgrims from around the world. With ample room for more than 40 guests in a stone mansion and its annex, we offer programs throughout the year. The retreats are grounded in the nearly 500-year-old tradition of Ignatian spirituality, which seeks to “find God in all things.” And they are conducted largely in silence.
  • About Us Some of the great mystics and theologians have delved into the spiritual significance of such beauty. St. Augustine said that there are not one, but two books of God — the Bible, and the book of nature. The truth of this observation is palpable for all those to make a retreat at Eastern Point.
  • About Us A spiritual retreat for quiet prayer and contemplation amidst the extraordinary beauty of nature. The rugged coastline, the ocean waves breaking over the rocks, the tides that continually alter the landscape — these and other scenes are soul-stirring representations of God’s other book. They open the way for God’s spirit to change lives.

Our Spiritual Directors

Pursuing Excellence in Spiritual Direction

Our Spiritual Directors are talented listeners. They know how to start the retreat experience with a persons unique experience of God. The Directors at Eastern Point know how to follow the Exercises closely and faithfully while finding the flexibility to meet individual needs. Our Directors know how to let God direct the retreat experience while asking supportive questions and offering guidance in prayer.

Our resident Directors are joined by guest Directors carefully chosen for their abilities to work thoughtfully with retreatants within the framework followed at Eastern Point. Because all Directors, resident and guest, are afforded the benefits of peer supervision, there is ongoing growth and learning for professionals dedicated to their calling and to the mission of Eastern Point.

Our Spiritual Directors also participate in continuing developmental programs at regional institutions, e.g., Boston College programs on the practice of hope and the programs offered by the Jesuit Collaborative. In turn, our staff provides support to the groups for supervision, training, workshops, and retreats in other locations.

We are pleased to present brief bios of our resident staff:

stanleyRichard J. Stanley, SJ

Richard Stanley was born and raised in western Massachusetts. He began college at Fairfield University in Connecticut, joined the Jesuits, and was ordained in 1974. Since then he has been on the staff of Eastern Point, a parish priest in Norwich, Connecticut, and a campus minister at Fairfield University. He divides his time between EPRH and Boston. Richard is an accomplished musician who lends his considerable talents to masses in the retreat house.


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Joanne Fantini, CSJA

Joanne Fantini, CSJA was named the new Director of Eastern Point Retreat House as of July 1st, 2013. Joanne brings a wealth or education, training and practice in Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises as well as substantial business experience to the position. She is the mother of 4 adult children and has been an Associate member of the CSJ’s of Boston for 27 years. She holds an MA from BC with a concentration in Spirituality and Ministry and completed 2 Practicums in Spiritual Direction with CRD and The Jesuit Collaborative. Joanne has been providing spiritual direction and retreats since 2007 in the Ignatian tradition.


"For me, it's like coming home."