Programs & Retreats

Event Details

Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday June 17, 2018 through Sunday June 24, 2018
Cost: $550.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


Please consider registering
for our next weeklong 
Individually Directed Retreat 
scheduled September 23-30, 2018


This Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
is scheduled to begin  
7:00 PM, Sunday, June 17, 2018 
to 10:00 AM, Sunday, June 24, 2018

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. 

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. 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. 

Dominic Totaro, SJ


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 is due by June 3, 2018.

Includes: Daily Sessions with a Spiritual Director, Lodging, and Meals from Light
Supper on Sunday to Breakfast on Sunday

March 2019