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Women’s Retreat

“Come to Me…” Women’s Retreat

Led by Sr. Anne Germaine Picard
and Dianne Allmaras, SMP Associate.

Each of us has come from different circumstances, we are individually and uniquely made through the image of God. We come from all sorts of different backgrounds but our humanity is unquestionably the same.

We practice faith, feel pain and sorrow; we laugh and cry; we find joy and happiness; and we give love– but no matter who we are, or what our story is– we are all invited to come unto Christ and be perfected by Him.

Input sessions, a panel of speakers, examples of women Saints and personal reflections will lead us to respond to Jesus’ invitation, “Come to Me…”

July 19-21, 2024; Please register by July 12.

The retreat begins at 5:00 pm on Friday with registration followed by supper, and concludes by 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Suggested donation for the weekend:
$155 Basic Room: Single bed with shared bathroom
$175 Upgraded Room: Full bed with shared bathroom
$195 Deluxe Room: Full bed with private bathroom
$205 Premium Room: Queen bed with private bathroom and sitting room


Meals are included.

The Future of Maryvale

Today (10/3/22) we celebrate the creation of a new non-profit, “Maryvale.” The result of years of planning and prayer, The Sisters of Mary of the Presentation have passed the Maryvale property and ministry on to the Diocese of Fargo which formed the non-profit in order to continue their ministry of hospitality and retreats. The Sisters will continue to live at the convent, while the retreat center is now owned and managed by Maryvale retreat center. The Executive Director of Maryvale retreat center is Steve Splonskowski, Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Fargo. Bishop Folda presided over the ceremony and blessed the ministry, which he called, “Already blessed.” Maryvale has plans for expanding the ministry in order to touch more lives with the sustaining grace of God. Please pray for us and our work here at Maryvale.

Council of Congregation

This week the Sisters have been virtually participating in the Council of Congregation during which the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in six countries, on three continents, meet about issues relating to the international congregation in preparation for General Chapter. Sisters of Mary of the Presentation has convents and ministries in the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, Cameroon, and, as of this last year, the Democratic Republic of Congo

Associate Signing Ceremony

This last Saturday, October 10, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation held a signing ceremony for new Associates. The Sisters are pleased to announce five new Associates: Amanda Kunze, Kory Kunze, Dori Picard, Jim Picard, and Viola Hoelmer. Welcome!