The Retreat House location is reminiscent of the time in which these early martyrs trod the land of North America. The location is in the beautiful Cedar River Valley, surrounded by 75 acres of trees and uninhabited beauty, creating an atmosphere of peace and serenity, which is an ideal setting for rejuvenation of the spirit. Operated by the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and financed through the offerings of the people of this Archdiocese, retreatants and other interested donors, and patrons the American Martyrs Retreat House and grounds have provided thousands of people space to walk, pray and relish the beauty and quiet. Here you will find a peaceful environment to experience the richest presence of Christ in the fullest manner possible through prayer, Scripture, Sacramental celebrations, solitude and dialogue. You are invited to come, rest, and pray awhile at American Martyrs Retreat House. This diocesan retreat center offers a place and space to nurture a life of holiness and mission. Open to retreatants the year-round, the Retreat House has 59 individual bedrooms, an air-conditioned chapel, lounge and a dining room, where 70 persons can dine at each meal. The Retreat House offers preached and individually directed retreats, spiritual direction, workshops, seminars, meetings and private space for prayer and quiet. .