Religion: Family Retreat

The food is good and the accommodations are luxurious at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in Southern California's San Bernardino foothills, but the 55 couples in the dining room said not a word. For meal after meal-at breakfast, lunch and dinner-they ate in silence. Then, at lunch on the third day, the room was suddenly filled with a din of voices. The silence of the retreat was over.

It was the fourth retreat for married couples sponsored by the California chapter of the Holy Family Retreat Association (founded three years ago in Phoenix, Ariz.). The idea is snowballing among Roman Catholic dioceses. In...

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