Programs & Retreats

Event Details

Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday June 16, 2019 through Sunday June 23, 2019
Cost: $550.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


This Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
is scheduled to begin 
7:00 PM, Sunday, June 16, 2019 to
10:00 AM, Sunday, June 23, 2019 to

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. 
Carol Creek, MA, has a Masters in Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, NB. Carol brings a rich life experience to this ministry.  She believes spiritual direction is the process of awakening to the presence of God within oneself and in everyday life.  She is a companion to her directees as they journey to discover the deepest longing of their hearts. She has directed retreats at Rivers Edge in Cleveland for the last 15 years.   She is married and has four adult children and ten grandchildren. 
Peggy Duffy, OSU, a member of the Ursuline Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio, is an experienced spiritual director and retreat minister. She is a graduate of Creighton University’s Christian Spirituality Program where she received her certification in spiritual direction and retreat ministry. Sister Peggy has served in both the Cleveland and Youngstown Dioceses and brings a rich background in education, theology, pastoral counseling, liturgy, Small Base Christian Communities, and all facets of parish life including team ministry.  At the present time Peggy maintains a spiritual direction practice and directs retreats at various retreat and renewal centers.  She has a great love for contemplative prayer and integrating the scriptures into daily living. Peggy also enjoys directing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, the 19th Annotation Retreat, giving presentations in the area of spirituality to parish groups, supervising spiritual direction interns, and working in the Lay Leadership Program sponsored by the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland.
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.
Dave Roncolato is the director of Civic Engagement and professor of Community & Justice Studies at Allegheny College.   Previously he served in full-time ministry including 8 years as the Catholic youth minister at St. Brigid Church in Meadville Pennsylvania and 12 years as the Catholic Campus Minister at Allegheny College. Dave completed a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and a Ph.D. in Catholic Social Ethics, from Duquesne University.   He continues to offer ongoing spiritual direction for adults and to co-lead an annual week-long mission trip to Appalachia Kentucky.  Dave is married to Reverend Sarah Roncolato, an ordained United Methodist minister who serves as the pastor of Stone United Methodist Church in Meadville.  They are blessed with two daughters, two sons and an ever expanding family. 

We have reached the maximum capacity for this retreat. However, we encourage you to call our office to be placed on a waiting list should a spot become available.  We will also be glad to discuss details and availability if you would like to schedule a Personal Directed Retreat.   

Refund Policy 

Includes: Daily Sessions with a Spiritual Director, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper on Sunday to Breakfast on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
October 2019