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Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Location: Potier Center
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday September 19, 2021 through Sunday September 26, 2021
Cost: $565.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat

7:00 pm, Sunday, September 19, 2021 to
10:00 am, Sunday, September 26, 2021

The tranquil environment of the Villa Maria grounds offers the perfect background for this retreat. Prayerful reflection, often with Sacred Scripture, in an atmosphere of complete silence is the usual setting for this process.

Each retreatant will meet individually with a director daily who will help them:

  • Notice the reality of God’s presence and activity.
  • Come to trust what has been noticed.
  • Respond to his presence and activity.

Participants may attend the retreat in its entirety, or may choose to schedule a shortened retreat.

Directors for this retreat:
Sr. Ardath Blake, HM has received training and supervision in spiritual direction through the St. Bueno Spiritual Exercise Centre, Asaph, Wales UK; the Center for Spirituality and Lay Ministry of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario. Ardath also has a MA in Theology and MS in Education and experience in parish pastoral ministry. 

Carol Creek, MA, has a Masters in Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Carol brings a rich life experience to this ministry.  She believes spiritual direction is the process of awakening to the presence of God within oneself and in everyday life.  She is a companion to her directees as they journey to discover the deepest longing of their hearts. She has directed retreats at Rivers Edge in Cleveland for the last 15 years.   She is married and has four adult children and ten grandchildren. 

Peggy Duffy, OSU, a member of the Ursuline Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio, is an experienced spiritual director and retreat minister. She is a graduate of Creighton University’s Christian Spirituality Program where she received her certification in spiritual direction and retreat ministry. Sister Peggyhas 
served in both the Cleveland and Youngstown Dioceses and brings a rich background in education, theology, pastoral counseling, liturgy, Small Base Christian Communities, and all facets of parish life including team ministry.  At the present time Peggy maintains a spiritual direction practice and directs retreats at various retreat and renewal centers.  She has a great love for contemplative prayer and integrating the scriptures into daily living.Peggy also enjoys directing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, the 19th Annotation Retreat, giving presentations in the area of spirituality to parish groups, supervising spiritual direction interns, and working in the Lay Leadership Program sponsored by the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland.

Sr. André Feulner, SSJ studied at St Louis University in St Louis, Missouri and received Certification in Spiritual Direction. She also completed training in direction of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. She held staff positions at Colombiere Center and the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland. She has been involved in directed retreats and spiritual direction for 37 years.

Sr. Catherine Higgins, CSJ, is an experienced Spiritual Director with extensive background in education, human services and religious studies. She has been an elementary principal, a caregiver, a medical social worker, a hospice chaplain and a spiritual director, all while living a consecrated life as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, PA. Sister Catherine has wide-ranging experience in companioning people on their journey to God by providing support to both individuals and groups in a variety of ways and settings. She has ministered with numerous faith-based organizations, including the Jesuit Collaborative in Pittsburgh, PNEUMA at the Pittsburgh Theological Center, Celtic Hospice, and St. Joseph Spirituality Center.

Rosemary O'Brien, SSJ graduated from St. Bonaventure University with an M.A. in Sacred Science and completed a four-year certification program in Spiritual Direction through Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center.  A two-year pastoral counseling certification program through Inter-Church Ministries of Erie Co. enhanced her many years in education and parish ministry.  Current ministries include Formation, Spiritual Direction and Retreats, Interfaith dialogue, and refugee advocacy.

Dave Roncolato is the director of Civic Engagement and professor of Community & Justice Studies at Allegheny College.   Previously he served in full-time ministry including 8 years as the Catholic youth minister at St. Brigid Church in Meadville Pennsylvania and 12 years as the Catholic Campus Minister at Allegheny College. Dave completed a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and a Ph.D. in Catholic Social Ethics, from Duquesne University.  He continues to offer ongoing spiritual direction for adults and to co-lead an annual week-long mission trip to Appalachia Kentucky.  Dave is married to Reverend Sarah Roncolato, an ordained United Methodist minister who serves as the pastor of Stone United Methodist Church in Meadville.  They are blessed with two daughters, two sons and an ever-expanding family. 

Registration: Due by September 6, 2021


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 

Includes: Daily Sessions with a Spiritual Director, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper on Sunday to Breakfast on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
August 2022
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