Weekend Retreats

Upcoming Retreat Weekends for 2018

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!


January 25-27, 2019: “Parables of Our Lives” with Nancy Mason Bordley

Just as Jesus used powerful parables to teach, the stories of our journey have the power to strengthen our own developing faith. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the stories that Jesus told and discover how those stories have influenced our own life stories.

Nancy 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.

Ellen Matczak*: 947-570-1423
Joanne Allen: 248-6528550

January 25-27, 2019: “Parables of Our Lives” Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register online!


March 1-3, 2019: “When You Feel Like You Are Drowning In Life Don’t Worry
– Your Lifeguard Walks On Water!”
with Fr. Cornelius Okeke

We all struggle in life. It’s part of our journey. Some people struggle more than others. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations we don’t know how we got there, or maybe we just don’t want to take responsibility for our actions. Maybe the situation was so painful (loss of a loved one, divorce, abortion, adultery, feeling unloved, sickness, abused), we buried it deep down inside us that we can no longer function. When we find ourselves in that deep dark place within our lives remember your LIFEGUARD WALKS ON WATER!

See Nov. 9-11 retreat description for Fr. Okeke’s bio.

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

SECOND FLOOR ROOMS ARE BOOKED AND FIRST FLOOR ROOMS ARE ALMOST FULL FOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS.

PLEASE CALL DEE OR LIA FIRST BEFORE REGISTERING WITH EITHER METHOD BELOW.

March 1-3, 2019: “…Your Lifeguard Walks On Water” Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register online!


March 15-17, 2019: “I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion”
with Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP

Is life passing us by . . .for a variety of reasons? Are we living it to the fullest? Do we know who we are, Whose we are? What invites you to be passionate about living your unique life avidly, eagerly, joyously, fervently?

Sr. Janet a Dominican Sister of Adrian, MI is former Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit and is a columnist for the Michigan Catholic and Catechist Magazine. Her expertise in the areas of faith formation, prayer, and spirituality has reached women and men across the region and the country.

Diane Smith*: 734-285-9124
Gennie Beaudrie: 313-841-0361
Vera Rodriguez: 313-949-9121
Kathy LeBoeuf 734-692-8827

March 15-17, 2019: “I Will Not Die An Unlived Life…” Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register online!


March 22-24, 2019: “Be Unstoppable”
with Fr. Chester Smith, SVD

There are times when we get so tired in being stuck or overwhelmed by the multitude of choices in our lives that we are afraid to move forward, so we play it safe. Come to get unstuck and remain unstuck by becoming unstoppable.

Unstop-ability is resilience. When you become unstoppable, you exemplify the power of God in your life. Faith will give you the power to recover, heal, rebuild, and move forward. Scriptures used during the retreat are: Isaiah 43:18-19; Psalm 23; Psalm 139—; and Esther chapters 1-2.

Fr. Chester 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.

Tamara Dodson*: 313-510-0692
Dana Marshall*: 313-485-4830

March 22-24, 2019: “Be Unstoppable” Retreat: print and mail in form here!

OR click here to register online!


April 12-14, 2019: “Wisdom From The East: Praying with Icons”
with Fr. Peter Fennessy SJ

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius are presented illustrated by Eastern Church icons which to the considerations and prayer of St. Ignatius’ prayer the special theological insights of the East.

After his ordination in 1970, Fr. Peter studied Theology at Oxford, England, held various positions here in Michigan and served 26 years at John Carroll University in Ohio before joining Manresa’s staff in 2001. For the last 18 years he has been using art to illustrate his preached retreats, partly as a result of studying “Theology and Art” in Berkeley, California.

Ann Weingartz*: 586-322-1925

Please contact Ann for registration form – space IS limited!!!

Please call Ann Weingartz at the number above for the link for online registration!