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Peter Canisius House

Peter Canisius House is a Retreat Centre conveniently located on a 5 acre site in Pymble on Sydney’s North Shore. With 45 bedrooms, a variety of meeting spaces, a large dining room with full time chefs working on site, we are an ideal venue. We specialise in accommodating individual and group spiritual retreats, including schools. We also provide overnight and day hospitality for the not for profit and private business sectors.

Peter Canisius House is owned and operated by the Australian Jesuits with the site steeped in the history of the Catholic religious order of the Society of Jesus.

Deepen your relationship with God in silence, with guidance from a spiritual director and ample time for prayer and reflection.

 

In our world of busyness and noise of TV, radio, computer, mobile phone, social media and the like, people may feel disconnected from themselves, others and their God. At Canisius, we seek a place where stillness, silence and solitude can be experienced.

We warmly welcome all who seek a time of reflection, rest, spiritual conversations, contemplation and prayer, and in particular those seeking a deeper friendship with Jesus and a personal inner spiritual journey for engagement in the world.

We invite you to come to Peter Canisius House and attend to your yearnings and restlessness for the One who loves you unconditionally.

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We have a strong affiliation with a number of local Rotary clubs who hold their weekly dinners and meetings at Peter Canisius House and have other regular events with local Lions Clubs, Lifeline and Probus.

Church groups, sewing groups and computer training groups, choirs, book clubs have enjoyed the facilities and catering provided to their groups.

The variety of meeting spaces we have at Peter Canisius House means you can hire a room perfectly suiting your needs. Our team will set up the room to your specifications. All you need to do is whatever your group is here for!

Can I get to Peter Canisius House using public transport?

Yes, there are excellent transport links to our site. Gordon Train station is about a five minute bus trip away and there is a bus stop directly out the front of our driveway on Mona Vale Road.

Travelling via Train/Bus –If travelling from Central Station it is best to catch a train on the North Shore Line to Gordon as buses leave regularly from Gordon Station.When you alight from your train at Gordon turn left at the top of the station stairs and head straight across the road to the bus stop. Forest Coach Line bus 195 runs from Gordon Station to St Ives, 196 and 197 from Gordon Station to Mona Vale.  You can catch any of these. Ask for a ticket to the Telegraph Road bus stop.

If another member of your group is picking you up from the Train station the closest station is Pymble. There are not any bus routes from and getting a Taxi from Pymble Station to Canisius is near impossible.

Via Taxi – From the Airport, a taxi may cost in excess of $100.  There are taxis available from Gordon Station if you catch the train to Gordon.  The taxi from Gordon to PCH will take 5-10 minutes and should about $20.

Directions to Peter Canisius House

Peter Canisius House can be accessed via Mona Vale Road (if heading towards St Ives).  Telegraph Road is the nearest cross street.  Alternatively you can access via our rear driveway in Ganmain Road (off Telegraph Road).  The rear access is the fourth driveway on the right after turning into Ganmain Road.

Transport / Location
Direction to Peter Canisius House

Peter Canisius House can be accessed via Mona Vale Road (if heading towards St Ives).  Telegraph Road is the nearest cross street.  Alternatively you can access via our rear driveway in Ganmain Road (off Telegraph Road).  The rear access is the fourth driveway on the right after turning into Ganmain Road.

Can I get to Peter Canisius House using public transport?

Yes, there are excellent transport links to our site. Gordon Train station is about a five minute bus trip away and there is a bus stop directly out the front of our driveway on Mona Vale Road.

Travelling via Train/Bus –If travelling from Central Station it is best to catch a train on the North Shore Line to Gordon as buses leave regularly from Gordon Station.When you alight from your train at Gordon turn left at the top of the station stairs and head straight across the road to the bus stop. Forest Coach Line bus 195 runs from Gordon Station to St Ives, 196 and 197 from Gordon Station to Mona Vale.  You can catch any of these. Ask for a ticket to the Telegraph Road bus stop.

If another member of your group is picking you up from the Train station the closest station is Pymble. There are not any bus routes from and getting a Taxi from Pymble Station to Canisius is near impossible.

Via Taxi – From the Airport, a taxi may cost in excess of $100.  There are taxis available from Gordon Station if you catch the train to Gordon.  The taxi from Gordon to PCH will take 5-10 minutes and should about $20.

Is parking available on site?

There is ample free parking on site (on the tennis court at the front of the property).  If on the rare occasion, our visitors’ carpark is full, we advise parking in Ganmain Road and walk up the drive way to reception.

Are there shops close by?

St Ives Shopping Village is a 10 minute walk along Mona Vale Road. Walk out of our front gate and turn left. Follow the footpath up to the village which has a number of major food retailersincluding Woolworths, IGA, chemists, newsagency, cafes.

Food and Meals

Meal times are set out below. Request to any changes to these times must be made at the time of booking (which may incur an additional fee).

Breakfast:
Morning tea:
Lunch:
Afternoon tea:
Dinner:
7.00 – 9.00am
10.30am
1.00pm
3.30pm
6.00pm
Do you cater for specific dietary requirements?

Our chefs cater for vegetarians, vegans and medically diagnosed dietary requirements provided we are given at least 7 days notice of these needs.

Can I bring my own food?

No self-catering is permitted.  There are circumstances where permission is granted for guests with severe dietary restrictions to bring their own supplementary food. Please liaise with our administration team about dietary requirements.

Do I need to book for meals or can I just "turn up"?

Generally meals need to be arranged in advance however if your group has an additional person(s) turn up it is likely that we will be able to cater for them. Please advise the kitchen staff as soon as possible if you require additional guest meals.

What type of food is served in the dining room?

The lunch and dinner meals are served buffet style.  As a guide we have outlined below the type of food that is often served:

Breakfast:

Morning tea:

Lunch:

Afternoon tea:

Dinner:

A selection of Cereals including gluten free options, toast, fruit, yoghurt, tea & coffee.

Hot Breakfast option available for larger groups which will incur additional cost

Tea & coffee, fruit, freshly baked slice / biscuits / scones/ (vegetable dips upon request)

Selection of hot meat, fish or chicken; vegetable and salad dishes

 

Tea & coffee, freshly baked slice / biscuits

Soup and selection of hot meat, fish or chicken; vegetable and salad dishes and dessert.

General Booking Questions
How many people can I bring to stay overnight?

We have 45 bedrooms and can sleep up to 100 guests comfortably. There are a number of ensuite, single, twin share or triple share bedrooms.

How many people can I bring during the daytime?

Our large hall can seat up to 150 people and we have a number of different sized meeting rooms for groups to spread out and complete smaller group work. Our chefs can comfortably cater for 150 people.

Do you take individual bookings or only groups?

Yes, whilst most of our bookings are groups we do take Individual bookings such as persons wanting to undertake a retreat.

Will there be other groups there at the same time?

Unless an additional fee is paid to obtain “exclusive use” of the site, there often will be more than one group staying at the same time.

Will my group share facilities such as the dining room and bathrooms with other groups?

Yes, this is usually the case for the dining room however staff will clearly label tables with group names. Separate Dining Rooms will be usedto separate individuals/groups on silent retreats Bathrooms are always clearly marked as Male or Female and on most occasions we are able to allocate Accommodation Wings to individual group.

Do I have to pay a deposit to secure a booking?

A minimum deposit of 20% of your estimated final booking fee is required to secure your booking. Dates are only secured when completed booking forms are returned and the deposit paid.

Can I pay the balance of my invoice before I leave?

The balance of your invoice should be paid before or at the latest upon your arrival.

If the size of my group is unknown, can I change my booking?

At time of booking, it is important to realistically estimate your group size especially in regard to the numbers requiring accommodation. If you overestimate by more than 10% of final numbers, a fee of 50% of our revenue lost may be incurred. If you underestimate, there is a chance we will not have bedrooms available for your additional guests. If this occurs there is still the option of these additional guests attending as a day guest with meals provided for at a cost.

Can we bring children to PCH?

Children are welcome at Peter Canisius House, however it is your responsibility to ensure your children are quietly respectful of our other guests. Parents will need to provide adequate bedding (eg portable cot), childcare, supervision and entertainment/activities for children during their stay.

Are you open over Christmas and New Year?

Yes however bookings should be done well in advance of the Christmas period so that adequate staffing can be provided.

I am coming as part of a group booking. Can I extend my stay?

Subject to availability, guests are welcome to arrive earlier or depart later than their group booking. Please advise at the time of booking. Our normal daily rate would apply to any extra days

Can I book accommodation with no meals?

No. A complimentary breakfast is supplied for all overnight guests. Our minimum booking rate is for bed and breakfast. There is no discount if breakfast is not required.

Can I smoke at PCH?

Our site is a non-smoking campus and we ask that if you do smoke kindly move at least 20 metres away from any buildings or other guests and do not leave cigarette butts on the ground.

Rooming Questions
Are there any ensuite bathroom?

No. A complimentary breakfast is supplied for all overnight guests. Our minimum booking rate is for bed and breakfast. There is no discount if breakfast is not required.

How many people can sleep in each room?

Most rooms are twin share, however it is possible to cater for up to four persons in some of the bedrooms on request.

Are the shared rooms dormitory-stye rooms?

We do not have dormitory-style rooms or bunk beds.. Shared rooms have single or double beds.

Will I have to share a room with somebody I don't know?

Only if you come as part of a group and your group organiser has agreed to this. If guests are required to share rooms, room allocations are completed by your group organiser so you will be aware of sharing arrangements. Peter Canisius House never asks individual guests to share with somebody they do not know

Arrival Questions
Where do I go when I arrive?

Your group’s organiser will arrive prior to the group members to facilitate their arrival and check-in. If you are staying on an individual retreat, please report to reception at the front of the building for checking-in.

What do I do if I arrive outside office hours?

If you have planned to arrive outside of office hours you will have agreed on an arrival plan with our administration prior to check-in and should follow this plan.

Who do I contact if I am delayed and will arrive later than planned?

At the time of booking, an out-of-hours mobile number will be provided. Please call to confirm and/or change arrangements. If you are delayed it is essential that you inform us as we do not operate like a hotel and reception will only be attended during normal office hours or by prior arrangement.

What time can I check in / check out?

Check in is after 2pm. We ask that all guests vacate their rooms by 11am. It may be possible to alter these times, however a fee is charged if you wish to arrive early or depart late. Arrangements can be made to store luggage if required.

Religious / Spiritual Questions
Can I see a spiritual direction during my stay?

Spiritual Direction is available at Peter Canisius House. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like Spiritual Direction and it will be arranged subject to the availability of the directors team.

Can I see a spiritual director on a regular basis?

Yes of course, we have many regular guests that make regular appointments to come and see the same Spiritual Director.

Who owns the Peter Canisius site? Who was Peter Canisius?

For a half-century Jesuit Father Peter Canisius led the Catholic Reformation in Austria, Bavaria, and Bohemia. For that reason he is reckoned an apostle to Germany, second only to St. Boniface. With stupendous energy he preached and taught in parishes, reformed and founded universities, wrote many books including popular catechisms, restored lapsed Catholics, converted Protestants, preached retreats, and found time to care for the sick. In his last thirty years traveling more than twenty thousand miles on foot or horseback, St. Peter Canisius spearheaded the renewal of the Catholic faith in southern Germany.

Is there a daily mass?

A daily mass is held when Silent Directed Retreats take place. The times for this are determined by the Spiritual Director.

Are there any other prayer rooms or quiet rooms on the site?

Yes there is a small Blessed Sacrament Chapel for Prayer and there is a newly refurbished retreatants library located upstairs above the main chapel which is full of spiritual literature available for retreatants to read.

Do you have a chapel?

There is a large chapel at Peter Canisius House, which is available for use during your stay. Public Masses are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5pm, and Sundays at 9.30am.

Can I do a silent retreat?

Yes. Peter Canisius House offers a quiet, tranquil atmosphere ideal for a silent retreat. There are a number of outdoor reflective spaces including two labyrinths for retreatants to use. Meals are held in separate dining rooms for silent retreatants to assure minimal distraction during the period of silence.
Please note: Silent Retreatantsuse the following meal times:Breakfast between 7-9am, Morning Tea available from 10.30am, Lunch served at 1.00pm, Afternoon Tea available from 3pm and Dinner at 6.00pm sharp.

Can I go to reconciliation/confession?

Reconcilliation/Confession may be pre-arranged with one of the on-site priests if one is available at the time you require one.