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Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Location: Potier Center
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday June 11, 2017 through Sunday June 18, 2017
Cost: $525.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


This Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
 is scheduled
7:00 PM, Sunday, June 11, 2017
10:00 AM Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM. 


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:

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.

Sr. Barbara Lenarcic, HM received her training and supervision through the Center for Spirituality and Lay Ministry at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario. She has a M Ed. in Religious Education and a M Ed. in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience in parish religious education, pastoral ministry, and as a therapist and spiritual director at a renewal center for persons in ministry.

Sr. Margaret J. Marszal, HM, a Sister of the Humility of Mary, has a background in retreat work, parish ministry, and education. Sr. Margaret is an experienced retreat presenter and spiritual director and has presented in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and Florida. Her focus is on spirituality that integrates mind, body, and spirit. She is currently living in the Cleveland area.

Sr. 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.

Sr. Peggy Schmidt, IHM has extensive experience as a spiritual director and retreat director. Her formation as a director included participation in the Colombiere Center Internship Program, the Guelph Loyola Center Institute, and the Mercy Center Supervision Program. She is committed to contemplative listening as she companions people who reflect on the Divine in daily life, within relationships, and in the world community in the ever-expanding universe.

Rev. Tim Shepard, SJ, has a Master of Divinity from Loyola University and a Master of Sacred Theology/Spirituality from the Jesuit School of Theology. He is currently involved in spiritual ministry at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI.

Future Individually Directed Retreat Dates:

Weekend IDR (new) - August 11-13, 2017
    Sr. Ardath Blake, HM
    Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM

Weeklong IDR -
September 24-October 1, 2017
    Sr. Ardath Blake, HM
    Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU 
    Sr. Catherine Higgins, CSJ, LSW,
    Sr. Barbara Lenarcic, HM 
    Sr. Peggy Schmidt, IHM
    Rev. Tim Shepard, SJ,
    Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM

Weekend IDR (new) - November 3-5, 2017
    Sr. Ardath Blake, HM
    Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM

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 

Registration due by June 2, 2017

Cost includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Pizza Supper on Sunday to Breakfast on the following Sunday.

Potier Center is our newest remodeled facility. Overnight guests in Potier Center enjoy spacious bedrooms with individual climate control and private bath. Potier Center is located on Villa Maria Campus just a short walk to Villa Maria Community Center.

MARIAN HALL: $595.00
Marian Hall is located within Villa Maria Community Center which also houses the Conference Center, Magnificat Chapel, and Annunciation Dining Room.

For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
October 2017