As communication professionals and media artists, we have a special relationship with truth, beauty, and goodness and we strive to communicate those in a compelling way. But the demanding nature of our work as artists and communicators in today’s hyper, secularized media culture heightens our awareness that the treasure we are called to communicate must flow through us, even though we are flawed clay pots. This Catholic retreat invites us to nurture our contemplation of the Treasure within, and revitalize how we communicate God's Glory in a compelling way.

If you work in communications or entertainment, “Clay Pots” is the retreat for you.

  • A weekend at St. Thecla's Retreat House in Billerica MA with the Daughters of St. Paul that will satisfy the thirst of your spirit with opportunities for rest, silence, spiritual conversation, conferences, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Eucharistic prayer (Mass and adoration)
  • A Catholic retreat specifically geared to those working in the field of communication arts and offered by a community of sisters who themselves are media professionals

People of all faith traditions are welcomed.

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St. Thecla’s Retreat House

Nestled on 134 acres of woodlands near the Concord River in Billerica, Massachusetts, St. Thecla Retreat House, owned and operated by the Daughters of St. Paul, offers a quiet and prayerful atmosphere for groups seeking a place for rest and renewal. The spacious, cloister-style facility with monastic courtyard has a fully-equipped kitchen, large conference room, rustic chapel, and 60 bedrooms. 

The retreat house is handicap accessible with ground level entry and an elevator to all floors. Located about 27 miles from Logan Airport, it is an ideal spot for any retreat or event. 


The spacious and tranquil grounds at St. Thecla Retreat House provide guests with abundant space for solitary reflection or exercise. The paths that meander along the 134 acres of woodlands are dotted with inspiring prayer grottos and benches. Additionally there are walking paths in the vicinity (detailed maps are provided). Ample parking space is also available. 

Overnight Accommodations

The accommodations at St. Theclas hearken back to the building’s monastic origins. Clean and simple in style, each room is comfortably furnished with a single bed, a desk, and chairs, with closet space and a sink as practical features. The large dormitory-style bathrooms are conveniently located. 


Important Information



Registration is required to attend the retreat. Registrations will be accepted via the web or e-mail ( or the registration form may be printed out and sent by postal mail. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50.00 deposit is due at the time of registration. Payments may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or check. The cut off date for registration is September 21, 2016.

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The cost for the retreat is $125.00 for Saturday and Sunday. Registration fee includes accommodations for 1 night and 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. An early arrival on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m.­–8:00 p.m. is being offered for $160.00. This includes the additional overnight accommodations and an optional film screening Friday evening. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50.00 deposit is due at time of registration. The balance is due upon arrival at St. Thecla’s Retreat House.



The retreat will be limited to 25 people. Registration is on a first come basis.



No meals will be provided for an early arrival on Friday, October 7. Saturday, October 8, breakfast, lunch, and supper will be provided. Sunday, October 9, breakfast will be provided.

Some accommodation for special dietary needs can be made, but these must be arranged in advance.



Retreatants must provide their own transportation to and from the retreat house. Parking is available if you plan to drive. See (link) for directions. The retreat house is about 27 miles from Boston’s Logan Airport and about 36 miles from New Hampshire’s Manchester Regional Airport. Various taxis and shuttles are available from the airport. Most services require pre-arrangement for transportation, see individual websites for details. If you plan to use the MBTA arriving at the North Billerica station, we can pick you up if arrangements are made in advance.


Arrival/Departure Times

For an early arrival at St. Thecla’s Retreat House on Friday, October 7, 2016 please arrive between 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Please note that no meals will be served on Friday.

Arrivals on Saturday morning, October 8, 2016 are from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Departures on Sunday, October 9, 2016 are between noon–1:00 p.m.



In order to respect the privacy of those who will be attending the retreat, we request that you do not photograph, post on social media, or publicize in any way about others who are participating in the retreat without prior approval of the individual.

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Information Page_2016.pdf         Schedule To Be Announced         Registration Form_2016.pdf