Mission Statement

Caritas Christi Center, a ministry of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is 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.


Center yourself in the “love of the Heart of Christ” at the Caritas Christi Center. Sponsored by 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.

Facilities include:Sacred Heart Chapel

  • 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.

The Caritas Christi Center is available for days and evenings of recollection, workshops, and days of prayer.




Film Fest

Ongoing Programs

  • Private Day Retreats (9 am-3 pm) for individuals wishing to “come apart.” Snacks are provided; bring your own lunch. $15
  • Spiritual Direction, suggested donation $20. Please call for an appointment.
  • Centering Prayer Group—meets the last Saturday of each month from 1:30-3 pm



Sr. Virginia Herbers

Terms of Use

Basic Use of the Caritas Christi Center

Half Day: $7 per person
Full Day: $12 per person
All Day & Evening: Please inquire

The Sacred Heart Chapel has a capacity of 300; the John Paul II Room has a capacity of 100; and the Clelian Conference Room can accommodate 49.

  • If your group requires a speaker, please inquire about availability and cost.
  • Food service is available, from drinks and snacks to meals. The cost will depend on the selection and the size of the group.
  • Groups must provide a Certificate of Insurance.
  • Overnight stays for individuals are available.
  • The Center is a “no-smoking” facility.

Youth Ministries

Youth Ministries

Sr. Lany Jo Smith, ASCJ, Coordinator

Currently Offered:
  • Confirmation Retreats
    For first and second year candidates
  • Class Retreats
    For Junior High and High School
    CCD Programs and Catholic Schools

The Caritas Christi Center
is located at:

Mount Sacred Heart
295 Benham Street
Hamden, CT 06514–2801
Phone: 203-281-2569
Fax: 203-407-8965
Sr. Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, ASCJ, Director

2015 Fall events will be posted soon!

Event Calendar

No events are currently available.