About St. Martin de Porres Family Retreat House

Our mission is to Preserve Families by providing a parent-led Catholic family retreat environment that is private, natural/rural, comfortable, accessible and very affordable.
Small Groups may also rent the house, for a fee, to support the ministry.
God's beautiful, natural creation has the power to heal, physically and spiritually. The expense of traveling with children increases as the family grows. We feel that all families should have the opportunity to get away together, without having to worry about the expense. …Families including but not limited to large families, single income families, low income families, families with special needs, etc.  Our mission is Family Preservation.

Beds are available for every child.  No more sleeping on the floor!  There is also room for your extended family members. An accessible, child-friendly and home-like environment will be the priority. With close access to the outdoor adventures of the surrounding state parks, there will be something fun for everyone.  Optional faith formation and self-led retreat programs are available on site, or bring your own with you.

Currently, we need additional funding to purchase the property, in South Bloomingville, Ohio (Hocking Hills area).  The house and 6 wooded hillside acres, have been graciously loaned to us temporarily by the Stalford family. It is a single family retreat space, but can also accommodate individuals, couples and small groups.  Planning for future Stations of the Cross, Rosary trails and Marian grotto have begun. Spend some quiet time with Jesus in the private prayer room!

As a non-profit organization, all of our donations and rental incomes go towards paying off the total cost of the property, as well as towards repairs and retreat program development. Our staff is comprised of volunteers.

Please prayerfully consider making a financial contribution that will assist us in helping families to…
Pray Together, Play Together & Stay Together!
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  • Checks, payable to “St. Martin de Porres Family Retreat House” can be mailed to P.O. Box 761, Worthington, Ohio 43085.
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  • Contact us at rebecca.gjostein.fhofoh@gmail.com or at 614-406-3507.