Poustinia House

Welcome to Sacre Coeur

What is poustinia? Poustinia is a Slavic word meaning desert. The concept of poustinia became popular in the western world due to the influence of author Catherine Doherty’s book, “Poustinia: Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer.”

A poustinia, as the word is used today in Eastern Christianity, refers to a room or small house where one goes for solitude and quiet, usually for 24 to 48 hours. Typically, the house is furnished simply, providing a place for prayer, especially with icons and scripture. Often, people will fast on poustinia, eating bread and water or other simple foods.

Sacre Coeur, the poustinia house on the grounds of St. Francis de Sales Parish, is available for your desert retreat.  Please contact Diane Mellody or Michael Ott for more information.

4019 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319
Ph: 330.644.2225
Email: ParishOffice@stfparish.com
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