Always be faithful to all the stirrings of grace and Jesus who loves and prefers you so much will enrich you with His heavenly gifts.
Venerable Mother Clelia Merloni

Caritas Christi Center

At the Caritas Christi Center, a ministry of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we’re dedicated to providing formal and informal opportunities for spiritual growth and faith formation in the Catholic tradition. Caritas Christi Center invites God’s people to deepen their relationship with Jesus through prayer, study, and mutual interaction in order that they might bear witness to His compassionate heart.

Caritas Programs

Please contact our director, Sr. Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, for more information about our ongoing programs.

  • Private day retreats (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) for individuals wishing to “come apart.” We will provide snacks; please bring your own lunch. Cost: $25.00
  • Spiritual direction: Please call the center for more information.
  • Centering Prayer Group: Meets the last Saturday of each month from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Confirmation Retreats
  • 1st Reconciliation & Eucharist retreats for young children
  • Kids Night Out Program
    • Ages 4–12
    • $15.00 per child*/$35.00 per family of three or more children (cost per evening)
    • 6:00–9:00 p.m.


Center yourself in the “love of the Heart of Christ” at the Caritas Christi Center. A ministry of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Caritas Christi Center is located at Mount Sacred Heart, a tranquil setting on one of the highest points in Hamden, Connecticut. Open fields and thickly wooded areas as well as orchards, gardens, shrines, and spacious lawns comprise the beautiful 125-acre New England setting. The Caritas Christi Center is available for days and evenings of recollection, workshops, and days of prayer.

Facilities include:

  • Sacred Heart Chapel (capacity: 300)
  • The John Paul II Room (capacity: 100)
  • The Clelian Conference Room (capacity: 49)
  • Breakout rooms, dining rooms, and a kitchen

Terms of Use

The Caritas Christi Center is available for use on a half-day, full-day, and all-day/evening basis. Please inquire for per-person cost.

The following policies apply to the basic use of the Caritas Christi center:

  • If your group requires a speaker, please inquire about availability and cost.
  • Food service is available, including drinks, snacks, and meals. The cost will depend on the selection and the size of the group.
  • Groups must provide a certificate of insurance.
  • The center is a non-smoking facility.