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The Facilities


-As of November 1, 2016 we began accepting reservations for the Hermitage House. Availability is on a “first call, first served” basis. To make a reservation, please contact the Office of the Assistant Director at the Saint Charles Center, Mrs. Michelle Monceaux at 855-1232, ext. 202, or email your request to michelle.monceaux@lcdiocese.org.

Recommended rates:

  • For priests, deacons and religious women a free will donation upon departure will be accepted. If the guest chooses to eat in the Private Dining Room of the Saint Charles Center when we have other groups present on the campus, the following rates for meals are provided as a guideline for the donation:
  • Breakfast - $10.00
  • Lunch - $14.50
  • Dinner/Supper - $15.50
  • All three meals - $40.00 per day

-Guest of the Hermitage House can also choose to bring their food and make use of the kitchen which is provided within the residence. Dishes, pots, pans and the basic necessities for food preparation are also available.

– For all other guests the suggested rate for a reservation at the Hermitage House will be $75.00 per day. When another group is present on the campus of the Saint Charles Center, meals can be arranged at the suggested rate as stated above. Meals for guests at the Hermitage House will be in the Private Dining Room of Brulet Hall. Scholarship assistance is available upon request. For any guest of the Bishop Speyrer Hermitage House, there is a FIVE DAY limit for the length of stay. Any requested occupancy beyond five days requires the approval of the Director of the Saint Charles Center. Only ONE GUEST per hermitage will be permitted. The residence has been designed for two guests to share the Hermitage House at any one given time. It is spacious, with areas for quiet, peace, reflection and rest. A small adoration chapel within the Hermitage House provides the guest with a prayerful space of holy presence and divine.

The Center's two facilities, Tabor Retreat House and the Katharine Drexel Conference Center, offer programs of spiritual growth and educational development for the Roman Catholic community and others of good will.

Also now home to NEW BETHANY CEMETERY for Clergy of the Diocese of Lake Charles and BOARD WALK leading to Easley Pavilion.

Tabor Retreat house

Tabor Retreat House sits surrounded by water in the midst of wild Magnolias, Cypress, Palmettos and many of God's creatures common to Southwest Louisiana. In this setting, the staff of Saint Charles is committed to providing an atmosphere of serenity and peace. In the offering of opportunities for prayer, reflection, and learning experiences, our hope is for the achievement of spiritual renewal and growth to all who come as our guests.

Tabor Retreat House is a quadrangle of five buildings located on an island in a cypress and tupelo swamp. Registration for most events is held in Oustalet Hall, the administrative office building for Saint Charles Center. It is named for the Oustalet Family of Lake Arthur who generosity made the building possible.

On the west side of the quadrangle are located two guesthouses, Cramers hall and Peeters Hall, named for pioneering pastors of Southwest Louisiana. Each guesthouse has a small kitchen, a conference room that accommodates 36, and eighteen private rooms with private baths. While single occupancy is the norm for many programs, the guesthouses may be rented separately or together.

Each guesthouse has a library overlooking the water as well as a screened porch for smokers. For those who would like to sponsor their own programs, the guesthouses may be rented separately or together.

Brulet Hall is located on the East side of the quadrangle. Named for Dr. W. J. Brulet, a Lake Charles dentist and a longtime promoter of retreats as well as a major donor to the Saint Charles Center, Brulet Hall houses a conference room and dining room both have a capacity of 120. This facility may be rented for conferences and banquets in addition to retreats.

The Chapel of the Assumption is on the north side of the quadrangle. It accommodates 120 at maximum usage. Designed on a Baptismal pool - altar axis, the Chapel is all glass on the north side overlooking the swamp. Many have found this the most peaceful place in the retreat house.

Katharine Drexel Conference Center

The Katharine Drexel Conference Center is a facility built with youth and young adults in mind. Named for the only saint who has visited Lake Charles, The Drexel Center can house sixty (60) retreatants overnight in two dormitories with fifteen (15) bunk beds each. The Center is anchored around a great room and a dining hall.

The Drexel Conference center also has two large shower rooms for the retreatants, a staff room for those giving the retreat, a full kitchen and a small meditation chapel.

For more information on the facilities and how to make a reservation, please call the Saint Charles Centers at (337) 855-1232. Reservations are available for half days, days of recollection, weekends and for a whole week.

Saint Charles Center
2151 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy
Lake Charles, LA 70611
(337) 855-1232

Deacon Brian Kirk
337-439-7400, ext. 213


Saint Charles Center
2151 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy
Lake Charles, LA 70611
(337) 855-1232


  • Tabor Retreat House
  • Katharine Drexel Conference Center

Center Attractions

  • retreats
  • days of recollection
  • evenings of reflection
  • educational workshops and seminars
  • meetings and conferences
  • programs of spiritual growth and educational development for the Catholic Community and others of good will.