Christ in the Wilderness exists through God’s abundant grace. We are supported by the prayers, good will, volunteer assistance and financial gifts of many people, as well as the ongoing support of our sponsor, the Congregation of St. Joseph. Through their generosity, we have been able to keep our fees low, enabling all who seek solitude to retreat here for less than one half the true cost.

If you believe in the importance of our mission and are committed to keeping this center available for all who cherish a place of quiet, serenity and solitude, we invite you to support us for little or no cost by offering prayer for CITW, spreading the word to your friends and acquaintances through our social media pages and newsletter, or purchasing a gift certificate so that a friend may know the peace and serenity found at CITW.

If you are able and willing, we invite you to take a step further and support us in the following ways. Christ in the Wilderness is a registered 501c3 organization. Hence, all contributions with a known financial value are tax deductible.


Financial contributions to Christ in the Wilderness can be in the form of:

  • A One-time Donation.
  • Recurring Donations to provide ongoing support.
  • Tribute Gifts in memory or honor of someone, or in celebration of a special occasion.
  • Planned Gifts by including Christ in the Wilderness in your will or other financial planning vehicle, such as the gift of stock, bonds, and life insurance, or a charitable gift annuity or trust, or a gift through an IRA transfer.

CITW is a ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ).  If you would like to consider including CITW in your estate plans, you are invited to explore Legacy gifting options through the CSJ website by clicking on this link Explore Legacy Giving or by contacting the Director of Development, Melissa O’Leary at or 216.688.3474.  Please mention your gift intention for CITW.

Additionally, the Congregation of St. Joseph Mission Advancement Office is available to assist you.

Click here to learn more or, if you prefer, you may directly contact

Pat Milenius
Director of Advancing Mission and Partnerships
Congregation of St. Joseph
3430 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, OH  44111-2954

If you already know that you would like to include Christ in the Wilderness in your will or irrevocable living trust, please Click here to download a document with our recommended bequest language. We welcome you to print out this document and take it to your attorney who will help you select the language that best fits your needs.

Donating online is easy. Simply click here and you’ll be directed to our Network for Good site for secure online donations via most major credit cards.

We also accept financial donations via check and money order payable to Christ in the Wilderness. Click here to print and fill out a donation form to be included with your gift.

Christ in the Wilderness is a registered 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


If you are looking for a way to serve at CITW, please contact Sr. Julia by email at citw at For more details, follow this link.