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Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat
Category: Individually Directed Retreats
Date: Sunday September 20, 2020 through Sunday September 27, 2020
Cost: $565.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 PM Sunday, September 20, 2020 to
10:00 AM Sunday, September 27, 2020

Weeklong Individually Directed Retreat


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 His 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, 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. André Feulner, SSJ studied at St Louis University in St Louis, Missouri and received Certification in Spiritual Direction. She also completed training in direction of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. She held staff positions at Colombiere Center and the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland. She has been involved in directed retreats and spiritual direction for 37 years.
Sr. Catherine Higgins, CSJ, 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. 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. 

Registration: Due by September 14, 2020

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
April 2021
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