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Weekend Individually Directed Retreat
Location: Potier Center
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Friday August 11, 2017 through Sunday August 13, 2017
Cost: $150.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


This new offering of a
Weekend Individually Directed Retreat
 is scheduled to begin at
at 7:00 PM, on Friday, August 11, 2017
and conclude with a short prayer service
at 11:30 AM, on Sunday, August 18, 2017
followed by lunch.

A weekend directed retreat is an opportunity for prayerful reflection, often with Sacred Scripture, in an environment of complete silence. Each retreatant meets with a director twice during the weekend. This director is a companion who listens to the directee to help the directee notice God’s presence and activity in the directee’s journey. The retreat begins with a welcome, opening prayer and a brief group session with a director. Retreatants will join the HM Sisters for the celebration of Sunday Liturgy.

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 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:
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
- 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 

Register due by July 28, 2017

Cost includes: Daily Sessions with a Spiritual Director, Lodging, and Meals from Pizza Supper on Friday to Lunch on 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: $175.00
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