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!!!


September 15-17, 2016: Rachel’s Vineyard (English)

Rachel’s Vineyard (Spanish) weekends are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. The weekend is to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt and grief.

Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry are welcome to attend Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.

For more information, please call (confidentiality is assured):

Erika Hale or Wendy Anderson at either 248-494-6363 or info@detroitrachelsvineyard.org


September 22-24, 2017: “Fatima Today” with Anora Zeiler

This retreat will focus on the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions and what Mary’s message means to us today. The 10 Forgotten Facts about Fatima will be discussed and why it is important to know them.

Fr. Leo Cachat S.J. , who has recently made a pilgrimage to Fatima, will come for Mass and Confessions.

Anora Zeiler is an experienced speaker/presenter in various churches and Evangelization programs. St. Mary’s Retreat House has been her home away from home since the 1990’s. She felt inspired to be the director of this special retreat and was honored to do this for His Mother.

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

Anora Zeiler*: 313-561-3764
Marilyn Kochkodan: 313-562-7843

9-22-17 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


September 29-October 1, 2017: “Friendship with Jesus: He Walks With Me and He Talks With Me” An Interdenominational Retreat
with Sylvia Evans

Sylvia Evans is an in-depth Bible teacher with prophetic anointing, she seeks the Lord for a “word in season” for each occasion as she ministers in churches, conferences, retreats, Bible schools, and leadership seminars throughout the US, Canada, and other nations. As the Founder and Director of Creative Word Ministries, she has been taking the “Creative Word” to the world since 1975.

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

Mary Malear*: 586-598-8965


October 6-8, 2017: “An Invitation to Everyday Grace” with Bridget Deegan-Krause, MDiv, BCC

Come enjoy a restorative fall weekend retreat designed especially for women who seek to notice the presence of God in their everyday lives. Questions for exploration include:
•Where do I encounter the sacred in each day?
•Where can I allow the mystery of who God is to enter me more fully?
•How might the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, help me better appreciate the sacred in my own story?
In preparation, bring an object – perhaps a special gift, a poem, a song, an item from nature, a snapshot – that will help you share a story of where you notice the sacred in your life.

Bridget Deegan-Krause is a long-time healthcare chaplain and formation guide for Catholic health systems around the U.S. As a retreat facilitator and spiritual director for individuals and teams, and as a creator of leadership development resources, she helps equip mission-focused and spiritually-grounded leaders for the future. Bridget holds a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame.

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

Lois Zuccarini*:  810-278-6035
Mary Fran Liberty-Caza: 810-300-4725
Darlene Czop*: 586-772-0047
Pam Haisenleder: 586-291-7045

10-6-17 Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register ONLINE!


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!