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Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Location:
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday September 11, 2022 through Sunday September 18, 2022
Cost: $565.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00

Description:

7:00 pm, Sunday, September 11, 2022 to
12:00 pm, Sunday, September 18, 2022

Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat



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 this presence and activity.

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

Directors for this retreat:
Ardath Blake, HM has received training and supervision in spiritual direction through the St. Bueno Spiritual Exercise Centre, Asaph, Wales U.K., 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 has a Masters in Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. 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 Peggy has 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.

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.

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 celebrates life and mission as a Sister of St. Joseph of NWPA. She has a background in education, pastoral ministry, formation ministry, leadership and interfaith and intercultural experiences. Her present ministry includes ongoing formation, spiritual direction and retreats, interfaith dialog, advocacy and outreach to refugees as well as involvement with her Congregation’s Justice and Peace efforts. Education includes M.A. in Sacred Science, St. Bonaventure U.; 4-year certification program in Spiritual Direction through VMESC; Pastoral Counselling certification, and ongoing program of personal and professional development.

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: August 28, 2022

Registration:

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 


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Includes: Daily Sessions with a Spiritual Director, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper (at 5:15 pm) on Sunday to Lunch on Sunday
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Phone: 724-964-8886
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