Programs & Retreats

Event Details

Women Doctors of the Church
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Sunday August 4, 2019 through Friday August 9, 2019
Cost: $395.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2019
to Noon Friday, August 9, 2019

"Women Doctors of the Church"

with Susan Schorsten, HM and Gay Rowzie, HM

What do these four women, Hildegard, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Liseaux have 'in common' to be designated a 'doctor' of the church?  How are they women on whose shoulders we stand, able to influence and inspire us today?  What are their stories?  What are our stories?  How are the stories similar?


Susan Schorsten, HM has a great interest in women in the Church and has found that getting to know the women in our Scriptures and praying with them has a great inspiration and source of encouragement to her. She has served for many years in leadership positions within her own religious congregation, with the Diocese of Charleston, SC, and in health care ministry. At present, she is serving as a consultant with religious congregation in the areas of planning elder care.


Gay Rowzie, HM is an educator who has taught special education, elementary school, and doctoral students. She received her SC degree in elementary and special education from Southeastern Louisiana University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. She has ministered at the diocesan and parish levels, in education and health care and is currently living in Rock Hill, SC leading retreat programs for woman.


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 

(Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Light Supper on Sunday to Lunch on Friday)
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
October 2019