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Adelynrood History

In 1915, Companions designed and supervised the building of a large, shingled, summer retreat house in Byfield, Massachusetts; the house was named Adelynrood - Adelyn Howard’s name combined with the word rood, meaning cross. In June 2000, a new, year-round wing, St. Clare, opened to enable Companions to extend their ministry at Adelynrood beyond the summer season.

Each summer at Adelynrood, the Society offers men and women silent retreats, quiet days, and study programs on spiritual, religious, educational, and social justice topics. Adelynrood also has private rooms available for individuals and small groups seeking a peaceful respite from daily responsibilities.

The Society provides outreach programs to a range of organizations as part of its commitment to social justice. Homeless people, health caregivers, youth ministries, and families of deployed members of the military are among the groups served by this ministry.

In addition, religious and educational groups may rent conference space for retreats or workshops year-round.

Adelynrood is largely volunteer-run and Companions support the Society’s corporate ministry as celebrants, sacristans, hostesses, librarians, gardeners, musicians, and program coordinators.

“Our new site is of varied character. The land rises gradually to quite a height from the road and then slopes back gently to the beautiful pine woods which will be in future our chief joy. Sweet fern, juniper, and bayberry cover part of our land sloping up to several acres of cultivated meadow land. A great rock at the highest point, from which there are lovely views on all sides, this is where our house will be…”

-Emily M. Morgan, Letters to her Companions, p147 (1913)

Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center
46 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922-2812

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