Weekend Retreats

Upcoming Retreat Weekends for 2017/18

St. Mary’s Retreat House offers eleven weekend retreats for women each year. See our retreat listings below to find a retreat with a director or theme that invites you to come and enrich your spiritual life.

Cost for a scheduled weekend (Friday evening – Sunday after the noon meal) is $160 and includes lodging, meals and program. A non-refundable deposit of $40 is required.

Check-in is Friday, 5 to 7pm, with the retreat beginning at 8pm.

Please contact either the coordinator or team member listed below the description of a retreat for more information and/or before registering online/printing and mailing form – space may be limited!!!


November 3-5, 2017: “Embracing the Unknown: Following Mary’s Example” with Karon VanAntwerp Latham

This reflective retreat will use Scripture to help us examine how we are being invited to say “yes” to God in our lives, responding to God’s invitations and embracing the unknown.

Karon VanAntwerp Latham is a wife and mother who has ministered in the Diocese of Saginaw for the past 15 years. Since receiving her M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the Franciscan School of Theology, she has enjoyed sharing God’s Word in campus, hospital, hospice, high school and parish ministries.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Lynne Tykoski*: 810-343-2933
Karen Carvalho: 734-812-3827
Natalie Moll: 248-505-7933
Colleen M. Sharp: 248-743-0857

11-3-17 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


November 10-12, 2017: “The Beatitudes In Our Lives” A SILENT RETREAT with Fr. Cornelius Okeke

What are the Beatitudes? How can they guide and direct us on our journey to holiness?

Fr. Cornelius Okeke is presently ministering in Ecorse in the Archdiocese of Detroit where he is known for his captivating preaching. His past experience includes teaching in a diocesan seminary and preaching retreats in Nigeria. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Gregorian University in Rome and is the author of five books and is involved in the training of formators for the African Continent.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Jeanne Crowl*: 810-278-0659
Linda Janiszewski: 810-765-5034

11-10-17 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


January 12-14, 2018: “Beatitudes: Hope Amidst the Challenges of a World At Risk” with Br. Al Mascia, OFM

Pope Francis declared early in his pontificate that if someone were able to read only one thing from the Bible it should be the Beatitudes! These few lines taken from the Gospel of Matthew represent some of the most famous and profoundly challenging passages from Sacred Scripture, rich with deep meaning and radical ramifications!

This retreat will consider the 8 themes of the Beatitudes as keys that can unlock the doors to a new way of living one’s faith even amidst the unpredictably of a world at risk.

Br. Al Mascia is a Franciscan Friar who for the past several years has been serving the poor and homeless in downtown Detroit. He is a professional singer-songwriter and his theological background includes a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from Chicago Schools of Theology.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Elaine Greenhow*: 248-542-9890
Sharon Sifton: 248-542-7004
Marilyn May: 248-547-0648

1-12-18 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


January 26-28, 2018: “A Franciscan’s take on Pope Francis” with Br. Al Mascia, OFM

Pope Francis, during his brief time as Shepherd of the Roman Catholic Church, has inspired many people, Catholics as well as those of other religious faiths.

Given the prophetic, imaginative and challenging matter by which Pope Francis continues to lead the Church a retreat focusing on his papacy must, likewise, be creative and compelling.

Participants can expect to engage with this subject matter in a variety of ways including the audio visual, artistic and liturgical. Bro. Al will enlist the assistance of his friends and ministry colleagues Cantor Steven Klaper and professional artist Mary Gilhuly.

Br. Al Mascia is a Franciscan Friar who for the past several years has been serving the poor and homeless in downtown Detroit. He is a professional singer-songwriter and his theological background includes a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from Chicago Schools of Theology.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Joanne Allen*: 248-652-8550
Ellen Matczak: 947-570-1423

1-26-18 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


February 16-18, 2018: “Images of Mary” with Fr. Tom Slowinski

We will look at the different roles of Mary and the challenges she faced as seen through Scripture, art and our own experiences.

Fr. Tom Slowinski has taught at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake. He is known for his outstanding homilies and is presently ministering in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Barbara Johnson*: 248-844-0719

2-16-18 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


February 23-25, 2018: “ANCESTRY.COMmunity: Celebrating Our Lineage and Legacy” with Nancy Mason Bordley

If we don’t know where we’ve been, it’s hard to understand where we’re going. In this retreat, we’ll touch on God’s history, our part in it, and how we understand our future and our legacy.

If you can bring a family picture or pictures of your ancestors, it might give you an opportunity to hold them in spirit as we celebrate our lineage.

Nancy Mason Bordley has ministered professionally in the areas of Religious Education and Adult Education, Worship, and Music for over 35 years. She is a spiritual director and facilitates retreats. Her education background includes a Doctor of Ministry, a M.A. in Pastoral Studies, and a B.A. in Religious Education.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Diane Smith*: 734-285-9124
Gennie Beaudrie: 313-841-0361
Vera Rodriguez: 313-9499121
Kathy LeBoeuf 734-692-8827

2-23-18 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


March 2-4, 2018: “It’s Time to Come Into Your Own” with Fr. Chester Smith, SVD

Come… be engaged into a process of reflection, exploration and regeneration. Come gain wisdom about coming into your own as well as learn 8 pathways to guide you for the journey.

Fr. Chester Smith SVD, [Divine Word Missionary], is Director of Bowman Francis Ministry. A native of Chicago, he completed his Divinity program at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. His retreat ministry has included 10 years at Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, MA. and 20 years as Retreat Master for parishes across the USA and Caribbean Islands.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Tamara Dodson*: 313-510-0692
Dana Marshall*: 313-485-4830
Marcilee Rivers: 313-882-5696
Maria Marshall: 313-891-3242

2-23-18 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


March 16-18, 2018: “TBA” with Fr. Cornelius O’Keke

We will post the title and description as soon as it becomes available!

Fr. Cornelius Okeke is presently ministering in Ecorse in the Archdiocese of Detroit where he is known for his captivating preaching. His past experience includes teaching in a diocesan seminary and preaching retreats in Nigeria. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Gregorian University in Rome and is the author of five books and is involved in the training of formators for the African Continent.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Dee Woolley: 313-999-9386
Lauren Howling: 313-377-8602
Lia Maloney: 313-299-2992

2-23-18 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


March 23-25, 2018: “Claiming Our Inheritance: Living in the Fullness of Our Identity as Daughters of God.” with Fr. Pierre Ingram, CC

The earnest prayer of St. Paul is that all Christians “may know what is the hope to which [God] has called [us], what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe” (Eph. 1:17-19).

Tragically, a large proportion of Christians have not been led to appreciate their full inheritance as daughters and sons of God in Christ, and as a result, both receive from God and offer to him far less than what he intends. The aim of this retreat is to invite participants to discover and to respond to the fullness of their God-given identity.

Fr. Pierre Ingram, CC was ordained in 1995 and is a member of the Companions of the Cross, a Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to the New Evangelization founded in 1985. Since 2012 he has resided in Detroit, Michigan, and has been an assistant professor of sacramental theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He serves as weekend associate at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Mich., and has led a number of preached and directed retreats for religious women, seminarians, and lay people.

For more information or to reserve a room, please call either:

Ann Weingartz*: 586-322-1925
Lisa Stefoff: 734-646-7322
Juanita Lim: 248-548-7345

Please contact Ann for registration; online forms not available here.