The Pray More Advent Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ at Christmas.

Here’s What You Get When You Register:

The Retreat is self-paced.

This means that you can participate wherever you are and whenever you have the time. 

“There were many personal moments in which the speakers touched my heart and brought me closer to God’s love.”

Katherine

“All the speakers were wonderful and it felt like they were speaking directly to me. I did not want it to end!”

Marguerite

“Wonderful talks! Great concept! Easy access!!!”

Julie

TOPICS

Advent: What Are We Waiting For?

by Br. Casey Cole

 

Letting the Lord Work in Us

by Br. Casey Cole

 

Encountering Christ Within

by Br. Casey Cole

 

Knowing & Doing the Will of the Father: Not Everyone Will Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

by Pete Burak

Jesus' Familial Love for Us: "His Heart Was Moved by Pity"

by Pete Burak

 

Pray Big: "Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God"

by Fr. Kyle Manno

 

Faith Through Suffering

by Pete Burak

 

Rejoicing in the Lord

by Br. Casey Cole

 

St. Joseph's Side of the Story

by Pete Burak

Finding the Lost Sheep

by Fr. Kyle Manno

 

Restless Hearts

by Fr. Kyle Manno

 

What does the Song of Songs have to do with Advent?

by Fr. Kyle Manno

 

Bible 101: A Crash Course in Scripture, Part I

By Katie Patrizio

 

Bible 101: A Crash Course in Scripture, Part II

by Katie Patrizio

 

Bible 101: A Crash Course in Scripture, Part III

by Katie Patrizio

 

Bible 101: A Crash Course in Scripture, Part IV

by Katie Patrizio

 

Katie Patrizio

Fr. Kyle Manno

Br. Casey Cole

Pete Burak

+ Full Bio’s Below +

-- Why join the Pray More Advent Retreat? -- 

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Advent season.

Slow down and reflect on your prayer life and encounter with Jesus.

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

Reflect on what God is asking of you to wait for this Advent. What does He have in store for you? How are you responding to Him?

Deepen your faith and pray more this Advent season from the comfort of your own home! 

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God's answers to your prayers.

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“There were many personal moments in which the speakers touched my heart and brought me closer to God’s love.”

Katherine

"All the speakers were wonderful and it felt like they were speaking directly to me. I did not want it to end!"

Marguerite

“Wonderful talks! Great concept! Easy access!!!"

Julie

Welcome to the Pray More Advent Retreat!

We invite you to join us this Advent to prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ! 

St. Teresa of Calcutta said the season of Advent is like springtime in nature — “when everything is renewed and is so fresh and healthy.” She said, “Advent is also meant to do this to us — to refresh us and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form he may come to us.” 

We want to help you do that — that’s why we created the Pray More Advent Retreat! 

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on prayer, the season of Advent, and lessons from the saints. That’s about 5 talks for each week of Advent, and we’ll send you an e-mail with those talks every week. Each of those talks will also come with a printable study guide that has reflective questions and prayers to accompany the presentation, along with transcripts of each presentation. You can participate at your own pace. Some of the talks are 10 minutes long, and some of them are closer to 20. 

We hope the Pray More Advent Retreat will help you to intentionally work on your prayer life this Advent — wherever you are, and whenever you have the time. 

All the presentations will be available on December 2nd. If you register now, we will send you an e-mail as soon as it is live and available for you to enjoy :) 

St. John Paul II said, “The Word who found a dwelling in Mary’s womb comes to knock on the heart of every person with singular intensity this Christmas.” We hope the Pray More Retreat will help you to be ready to open the door to our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to respond to His call to holiness and faithfulness. 

God bless you! 

John-Paul & Annie 
PrayMoreNovenas.com

Why Join the Pray More Advent Retreat?

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Advent season.

Slow down and reflect on your prayer life and encounter with Jesus.

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

Reflect on what God is asking of you to wait for this Advent. What does He have in store for you? How are you responding to Him?

Deepen your faith and pray more this Advent season from the comfort of your own home! 

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God's answers to your prayers.

SPEAKERS

Fr. Kyle Manno grew up in Palatine, IL with two loving parents and the youngest of four children. He went to Northern Illinois University where he studied music. During his time in college, he started taking sign language classes at the local parish with a priest. He soon discovered that priests and the faith are much more enjoyable than he ever thought. After much prayer, he decided to apply to the seminary. Upon graduating from NIU with a Music Education degree he was accepted to Mundelein Seminary where he spent two years studying philosophy and another four years studying theology. During his time in seminary he was able to study Spanish in Mexico, as well as in an El Salvadorian Orphanage with 250 kids.

He was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 4, 2016. Of that day he says, “I can honestly say, that was the happiest day of my life. I cannot imagine doing anything else…As a deacon, I was ordained to serve. As a priest, I was ordained to give up my life so that all of you can get to heaven.” Father Manno currently serves as Vocation Director for the Diocese of Rockford and Parochial Vicar of the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University. 

Father Manno also has a street evangelization project entitled, "Priest with Mic" in which he speaks to people around the U.S. about their beliefs and thoughts. He recently also brought "Priest with a Mic" to Sirius XM radio with a 3 part series that talked on Evangelization, Happiness, and love. To find out more about Father Manno visit fathermanno.com

Katie Patrizio is a popular speaker and teacher with a gift for making the most elusive topics accessible and meaningful to a wide range of audiences.  Best known for her talks on Scripture, she's also passionate about inspiring people to holiness.

A native of Southern California, Katie holds a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Master's degree in Biblical theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.

She currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Parish in Ames, IA and as an instructor for the Catechetical Institute of the Diocese of Des Moines.  She is a frequent guest on Iowa Catholic Radio and speaks and teaches often on topics of Scripture and popular theology. ​In her free time Katie enjoys reading, flying, and competitive rowing. You can learn more about her here.

Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. i.d.9:16 seeks to form young adults into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ by supporting parishes through training, content, and ongoing support. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and has earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. His Master's thesis is titled, "Responding to the Crisis of Discipleship Among Catholic Millennials" and he has also written a popular booklet called "Gamechanger: The Role of the Holy Spirit in the New Evangelization." Pete is one of the founders of the Millennial Church Conference and he is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics. He hosts a weekly YouTube show called Cathlist. Additionally, Pete is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp, a Christian leadership camp for young men. Pete and his wife Cait have three children: Grace, Erin, and Donovan and one more on the way!

Br. Casey Cole graduated from Furman University in 2011 with a degree in Religious Studies with a minor in poverty studies. In August 2017, he made solemn profession with the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), and was ordained a deacon in March of 2018. He's currently living in Chicago finishing studies at the Catholic Theological Union. He's published a book entitled, Called: What Happens After Saying Yes to God.

“There were many personal moments in which the speakers touched my heart and brought me closer to God’s love.”

Katherine

“All the speakers were wonderful and it felt like they were speaking directly to me. I did not want it to end!”

Marguerite

“Wonderful talks! Great concept! Easy access!!!”

Julie

Contact Us:

If you have any questions about the Pray More Retreat, you can e-mail us at:

John-Paul & Annie, PrayMoreNovenas.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Please put “Pray More Retreat” as your e-mail subject.