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Three Hour Retreats

Participate with others in these 3 hour retreats which are designed to assist a person who desires spiritual growth. The format for these retreats allows for small group gatherings which enable participants to converse on their prayer experiences and encounters with God. A journal booklet is provided to retreatants.


Upcoming three-hour retreat:

“Listening With the Ear of Your Heart”

October 17, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
– Register by Oct. 10, 2020

Suggested donation per retreat: $35

Ignatian Retreats

The Ignatian Retreat is steeped in the Gospels and is based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This is a silent retreat where one is able to meet Jesus in the experiences of Jesus’ own life. Conferences and individual direction are part of the retreat.


Upcoming retreats:

November 13 – 15, 2020; Register by Nov. 6, 2020

December 11-13, 2020; Register by Dec. 4, 2020

Suggested donation: $95, includes meals

Women’s Retreat

The theme of this year’s Women’s Retreat is “Discipleship: A Call to Holiness and Mission.”

In this retreat we will deepen our awareness of the call to discipleship and the various features of this call. As the early disciples of Jesus were transformed by being companions of Jesus, so we must recognize the commitment to mission that Jesus’ desires of us.

Retreat dates:

March 12-14, 2021; Register by March 5, 2021

August 6-8, 2021; Register by July 30, 2021

Suggested donation for the weekend: $95, includes meals

Men’s Retreat

This retreat will focus on some of the men in the gospels who walked closely with Jesus. Discussion, prayer times and activities will help retreatants in personal growth as each seeks a deeper relationship with Jesus.


Upcoming Men’s retreat:

March 26-27, 2021
– Register by March 19, 2021

Suggested donation per person: $65, includes meals

Mother-Daughter Retreat

This retreat will provide mothers and daughters with mutual experiences of prayer and sharing along with personal prayer time. Brief conferences will enable retreatants to engage in helpful conversation.

Upcoming retreats:

May 26, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
– Register by May 19, 2021

Suggested donation: $20

Blessings of Aging

Through a DVD presentation Joan Chittister, OSB, gives nine characteristics of aging and how each may be seen as gifts in our lives. In addition to the viewed format, attendees will engage in discussions.


Upcoming retreat series:
– Register for series by August 7, 2021

Week One – Introduction, Regret, and Meaning
August 14, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Week Two – Time, Joy and Transformation
August 21, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Week Three – ISpirituality, Legacy, and Closing
August 28, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Suggested donation per session: $35 or $90 for all

In Remembrance: Sister Frances Marie Voigt

Sister Frances Marie Voigt passed away at Maryvale Convent August 23, 2020 at the age of 87.

Sister Frances Marie (Beverly Anne) was born November 24, 1932 at home near the town of Elbowoods, North Dakota to ranchers John and Frances (Gondringer) Voigt. She professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation September 4, 1951. She earned a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters degree in Ministry. During her 59 years of ministry she taught elementary, junior high, art, was a principal, and for the last 23 of these years she ministered to Native American communities in North Dakota.

Sister Frances Marie saw the goodness in people, emphasizing their abilities and minimizing their limitations. She loved children and was pleased whenever she could teach any child. She found solace in the chapel communing with God, her Comforter and Strength. She will be greatly missed.

In Remembrance: Sister Giustina Zanin

Sister Giustina (Angelica) Zanin passed away at Maryvale Convent in Valley City, North Dakota, July 6, 2020 at the age of 96.

Sister Giustina was born November 26, 1923 to Natale and Giustina Zanin in Vintondale, PA. In 1945, she made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. She worked with the Sisters as a sacristan, seamstress, and cook. Sister Giustina lived and served in convents in Spring Valley, IL, Peoria, IL, Washington, IL, Willow City, ND, Bottineau, ND, and Valley City, ND.

Independent and accomplished, she did not let her deafness limit her. Sister Giustina was an artist – she painted, drew, made her own clothing patterns, and sewed teddy bears from old coats. She loved to visit with people and was especially fond of children. Sister Giustina lived boldly and with a joyful heart. She will be greatly missed.

In Remembrance… Sister Dorothy Bertsch

On Monday June 22, 2020, Sister Dorothy Bertsch went home to be with the Lord at the age of 92.

Sister Dorothy was born July 29, 1927 in Harvey, ND to Martin and Catherine Bertsch. On August 22, 1946 she made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. She received her master’s degree in education administration going on to be an elementary teacher or principal at 9 schools from 1948 to 1998, she served as a Director of Religious Education at two parishes from 1998 to 2005, and then served as a volunteer at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Illinois from 2006 to 2018.

Sister Dorothy was a natural leader, founding St. Louis School in Princeton, IL. With tenacity and a heart for her mission she improved and grew the many schools under her care. Through tireless persistence she has bettered many lives, great is her legacy.