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Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Location: Potier Center
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday September 24, 2017 through Sunday October 1, 2017
Cost: $525.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


Sorry, Registration for this event is now closed

Please contact us at 724-964-8886 if you would like to be placed on a waiting list to attend this event or to discuss scheduling a Personal Retreat.

7:00 PM, Sunday, September 24, 2017 to 10:00 AM, Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bench on grounds at Villa Maria

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.

Peggy Duffy, OSU is an experienced spiritual director and retreat minister who received her training at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has served in both the Cleveland and Youngstown Dioceses. She brings an extensive, rich background in education, theology, pastoral counseling, liturgy, parish ministry, and the development of Small Base Christian Communities. Peggy has a great love for scripture and contemplative prayer. She enjoys directing 19th Annotation retreats, giving presentations in the area of spirituality, supervising spiritual direction interns, and working the Lay Leadership Programs for the Jesuit Retreat House.

Sr. Catherine Higgins, CSJ, LSW 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.

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. 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.

Carol Anne Smith, HM is a Sister of the Humility of Mary who currently serves in a variety of governance roles in Catholic healthcare and education. Having served in numerous roles as a Catholic educational and diocesan leader and Catholic healthcare trustee, she is also engaged in spiritual direction and retreat work. Certified through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute, John Carroll University, she strives through her retreat work and spiritual direction to support others seeking a deeper friendship with God.

Future Individually Directed Retreat Dates:

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


Registration for this event has now closed. Please contact us at 724-964-8886 if you would like to be placed on a waiting list to attend this event or to discuss scheduling a Personal Retreat.

Refund Policy

Register due by September 8, 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