After 3 years of searching, and countless visits to multiple locations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, the Diocesan Council found an ideal property in the beautiful Fatima Renewal Center. The Fatima Renewal Center, formerly the Saint Pius X Roman Catholic Seminary, has hosted over 145 retreats per year for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
In May 2016, the Diocesan Assembly met in Suffern, New York and approved the purchase of the Fatima Renewal Center. Subsequently, our Diocesan Metropolitan, informed and sought the blessing of His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan, who joyfully offered his blessing, and enthusiastic support for this ministry.
Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center is nestled away in Dalton, Pennsylvania, which is just minutes outside of downtown Scranton. It is enthroned on more than 300 sprawling acres, and includes a lake, beautiful trees and rolling hills ideal for outdoor meditation.
The retreat center, includes a chapel, library, conference rooms, classrooms and offices. There are two dormitory wings to accommodate over 180 guests, and a gymnasium that will comfortably seat 800 people.
This spiritual center will provide for a spacious and sacred atmosphere for our parishes to conduct annual weekend retreats—which will ultimately enhance parish ministry, but most importantly the spiritual lives of our faithful.
With the continued prayerful support of our faithful, Holy Transfiguration can be a great spiritual powerhouse for our Diocese, and the Church as a whole.