Our peaceful, contemplative atmosphere provides the perfect environment to recharge, renew and refocus.


Please note the Silent Directed Retreat is Oct. 20-25

Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center exists to provide an environment and opportunities for spiritual, personal and professional growth, healing and peace.

Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center is located minutes from downtown Syracuse, New York. Nestled atop six acres of rolling hills, this secluded former mansion with its high ceilings, sprawling spiral staircase, and abundant natural light, with accents of stained glass windows, is located in the Bradford Hills section.

Organizations will find the quiet, contemplative atmosphere an ideal environment for renewing, refreshing and refocusing!

See our Special Diets Policy under Dining Room.

Christ the King Retreat House

Greetings Everyone!


For those that I have not had the chance of meeting yet, my name is Christopher Spilka and I am the new Executive Director of Christ The King Retreat House! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to our newsletter!


A little about myself first! I’m from the city with the best food on earth, Utica, New York, I love being outdoors whenever I can, I sing often and I have the best family on earth! I graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in Public Relations.  From there I went on to be a telemarketer, an Entertainment Supervisor at Turning Stone Resort Casino and most recently I served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Family Church in Syracuse, NY.  If you ever want to hear the story about how I got to this point pull me aside sometime and I’d be happy to tell you!


Since I began here at Christ the King on April 1st, I have been enamored by everything that this beautiful place has to offer! I have been inspired by the history, the grounds, the staff and the guests that I meet each and everyday.  Everyone has been very supportive of my transition into this position and I know with my whole heart that God put me here for a reason.  He put me here because he knew all of the attributes that I just mentioned would get me fired up come to work each and everyday.  Not to mention I experienced two of my biggest conversions while being on retreat.  I understand the importance of what retreats mean for our well being and I’m excited about the new adventures ahead!


Speaking of new adventures, in the coming months I plan on engaging in several new initiatives that will address the spiritual needs of our community.  There is a clear need today for ongoing spiritual development, strengthening and renewal for the youth of our community.  I have seen the incredible transformation that teens experience on extended retreats and expressed that to our Board of Directors.  This led us to approving the use of our facility for youth overnights and we are currently working towards making our facility more safe environment friendly for youth.


Needless to say there are exciting times ahead! In the coming months I hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of all that our beautiful house has to offer.  Whether it be a CTK hosted retreat, private group retreat, individual retreat or corporate function, my goal is for us to create new memories with you that will last a life time! If I have not met you yet please feel free to contact me at my email cspilka@syrdio.org.  I’d love to meet you and share ideas on how we can move mountains together in the future! Thank you and I hope that you enjoy our newsletter!