Nestled along Maine’s southern coast, Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, owned and operated by the Congregation of the Presentation of Mary, offers a spiritual haven for many. Refreshment for spirit, mind and body is available for persons seeking a sacred space, silence, healing and a deeper relationship with their God. The Center’s sustaining inspiration and zeal find their roots in that of the Congregation’s foundress, Blessed Marie Rivier, whose desire was “to make Jesus Christ known, loved and to light the fire of God’s love everywhere”.
The Center welcomes lay and religious women and men of all faith traditions who value time for reflection in the peaceful presence of a praying community. Guests are welcomed at daily Eucharist and Morning and Evening Prayer. Once a week there is adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Two dining rooms afford the choice of a silent meal or one where conversation is shared. In addition to welcoming retreatants, the Center’s staff designs and hosts programs fostering themes on spiritual growth, healing and support.
The Congregation of the Presentation of Mary has offered a local presence since 1948 when a young women’s boarding school flourished on this seaside site. Transformed into a spiritual center, its formal dedication took place in 1978. The building dates back to the late 1800’s, when the Ocean View Hotel was established in Biddeford Pool. While no longer a vacation resort, Marie Joseph Spiritual Center continues a tradition of offering hospitality in the context of spiritual nurturance.
Marie Joseph Spiritual Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For additional information about the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, you may visit our Website at: www.presentationofmary-usa.org