Cenacle Retreat House Photos Before Hurricane Harvey

Updated on April 16, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Cenacle Retreat House in Houston
Cenacle Retreat House in Houston | Source

Cenacle Retreat House

One day while visiting the beautiful Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, we met a lady who told us about the Cenacle Retreat House. She mentioned not only its beauty but the peace that she always experienced when walking the grounds. My husband and I were intrigued and decided to check it out for ourselves.

We had undoubtedly traveled past this site many times and never noticed it. Other than a small sign at the entrance, nothing is viewed from the street. There is an abundance of tall trees and foliage.

The address is 420 N. Kirkwood Road, Houston, Texas 77079.

The Cenacle Retreat House Sign at Entrance
The Cenacle Retreat House Sign at Entrance | Source
Cenacle Building
Cenacle Building | Source
Courtyard
Courtyard | Source

Beautiful Grounds

A large asphalt parking lot is available for people to park their vehicles. We exited our car and started roaming the grounds. It was springtime, and there were many azaleas in bloom. Brilliant stands of firecracker plants in addition to other blossoming plants and trees invited us in to explore the Cenacle Retreat House grounds.

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Cenacle grounds – azaleas in bloom Firecracker plant in bloom Azaleas in bloomAzaleas in bloom
Cenacle grounds – azaleas in bloom
Cenacle grounds – azaleas in bloom | Source
Firecracker plant in bloom
Firecracker plant in bloom | Source
Azaleas in bloom
Azaleas in bloom | Source
Azaleas in bloom
Azaleas in bloom | Source

Religious Symbols on Trees

The shaded pathways through the tall canopy of trees offered much-appreciated shade on a warm spring day in Houston. Ceramic pieces representing the Stations of the Cross and other religious symbols and images were attached to many of the trees.

There is a quietude to this place. It is partially due to the natural setting on nine wooded acres but also because of the immediate understanding that this is a setting intended for tranquility and prayerful reflection.

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Jesus rises from the dead The Risen Lord appears to Mary Magdalen Waiting with Mary in the Upper Room Mary Magdalen proclaims the Resurrection to the disciples The Risen Lord appears on the road to EmmausStations of the Light - Cenacle tree plaque Meaningful art on tree
Jesus rises from the dead
Jesus rises from the dead | Source
The Risen Lord appears to Mary Magdalen
The Risen Lord appears to Mary Magdalen | Source
Waiting with Mary in the Upper Room
Waiting with Mary in the Upper Room | Source
Mary Magdalen proclaims the Resurrection to the disciples
Mary Magdalen proclaims the Resurrection to the disciples | Source
The Risen Lord appears on the road to Emmaus
The Risen Lord appears on the road to Emmaus | Source
Stations of the Light - Cenacle tree plaque
Stations of the Light - Cenacle tree plaque | Source
Meaningful art on tree
Meaningful art on tree | Source

Sculptures and Settings

The landscaping includes much in the way of religious sculpture. People wandering the Cenacle Retreat House grounds can rest and relax in several different settings.

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Statuary Cenacle grounds Statuary Many places to sitCenacle grounds statuary Peacock Swing setPathway to benchSmall fountain on the grounds
Statuary
Statuary | Source
Cenacle grounds
Cenacle grounds | Source
Statuary
Statuary | Source
Many places to sit
Many places to sit | Source
Cenacle grounds statuary
Cenacle grounds statuary | Source
Peacock
Peacock | Source
Swing set
Swing set | Source
Pathway to bench
Pathway to bench | Source
Small fountain on the grounds
Small fountain on the grounds | Source

Cenacle Sisters

If you watched the first video above titled Cenacle Retreat House, you already learned a bit about the Cenacle Sisters and how they are congregants of a Catholic women's organization. Their mission statement reads as follows:

"We work for the transformation of the world by awakening and deepening faith with and for the people of our times."

No matter what gender, faith, or background, everyone is invited. The Cenacle sisters in Houston have seven highly motivated and educated women whose ages range from 60 to 89. They have resided in the Memorial area since 1967 at this location.

Succulents planted in tree log
Succulents planted in tree log | Source
Place to relax and reflect
Place to relax and reflect | Source
The labyrinth
The labyrinth | Source

Labyrinth and Wayside Shrine

There is a unicursal labyrinth on the grounds of the Cenacle Retreat House. It is intended to invite meditation and introspection as one walks the circular route to the center and back out again. This can be a therapeutic experience for many participants if in the right frame of mind.

Wayside shrines have a fascinating history. They are featured in numerous cultures through the centuries and carry different meanings.

This particular wayside shrine is erected as a wooden pillar with an image of a saint. It honors a deceased person by the name of Kotryna Cesna.

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Wayside Shrine Closeup of Lithuanian Wayside Shrine Lithuanian Wayside Shrine PlaqPeacock roams the grounds
Wayside Shrine
Wayside Shrine | Source
Closeup of Lithuanian Wayside Shrine
Closeup of Lithuanian Wayside Shrine | Source
Lithuanian Wayside Shrine Plaq
Lithuanian Wayside Shrine Plaq | Source
Peacock roams the grounds
Peacock roams the grounds | Source

Hurricane Harvey Impact

By now, you should have some idea of just how beautiful and conducive these grounds were in providing rest. Sadly Hurricane Harvey came along in 2017, and these grounds were inundated with over 5 feet of water. Much was destroyed.

We have friends in the Bear Creek part of town with similar stories. Their homes also had 5 feet of water in them, damaging not only their homes but much of their contents.

Update

The Sisters intend to rebuild the Cenacle Retreat House and continue to offer programs with religious education as well as spiritual direction to those seeking it. Other facilities and grounds will have to be utilized for now until the monumental efforts of rebuilding are completed. Perhaps with much physical help as well as funding contributions, retreats will once again be able to be held on these lovely grounds.

Their current location is 12211 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Cenacle Sisters.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      It is great that people from all religions are welcomed there.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a beautiful retreat. I like that they invite all people from any and all denominations. I'm saddened about their loss but inspired that they are rebuilding. Thanks for sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      I am sure that with enough time, money, and effort, the Cenacle Sisters will be able to return to this serene setting.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      It’s sad to know that the hurricane caused such damage. It looks like it was such a peaceful, natural place. I love the statues of St. Francis and other figures and the hammock. So sad.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      So many places in Houston suffered damage in that flood event. I hope that they get to return to that lovely spot in the future. It was beautiful and serene.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      This looked like a lovely place. Your photos are top quality. It's so sad to hear of the damage caused by the hurricane.

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