Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What has happened to Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center?

For the last two years, I have meant to write about this but I have a question:  What has happened to Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center?

For many years, Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center, located in Upper Marlboro, MD, was the place for many school groups and others to hold their retreats.  A great deal of time was invested by volunteers, esp. when Fr. Mordino was alive, to keep the place in shape. 

About three years or so ago, I noticed that the Retreat Center was no longer listed on the Archdiocese website.  It was still around and after paying a visit a few years ago, I noticed that it was run by another organization dealing with youth.  As I said, I meant to write about this a while back but never did, and so I don't remember exactly what the group did with youth.  But I seem to recall something about troubled youth.   My assumption was that they were leasing the site from the Archdiocese.

Recently, there have been rumors (thanks Melvin) that the center will be sold by the end of the calendar year.  The rumors, and again, I have not been able to verify this, that it will be sold to another diocese (think Geno's and Pat's) and that it was being kept quiet, due to the fact that the community may not be happy with the planned use.

What have you heard? 


Anonymous said...

No, have not heard. If the Archdiocese leased the property, you might very well not be able to tell how much money was received from the transaction even if you read the "financial statement" It's called the invisible footnote syndrome. Pastors fear this syndrome. Archbishops fear it even more.

Rich R said...

Greetings, I was just there 2/15/2018 (never been there before) -- yeah its closed, abandoned.

There was some chain barrier at the entrance that was down, so I drove in; went the manor house (visitor center).

The back (?? - well looked like that, having like some foyer edition added on) - had the sign over the door painted out.

Looked like some work was being done in the foyer are. the whole property had the weeds(really the lawn) mowed sometime in fall/winter. the Marion statue prayer area at corner where you turn up to manor house looked fine.

Didnt have time to explore more, getting dark.

Unknown said...

The site has been sold to Children's National Medical Center. They plan to use the site for conferences and summer camps: