2023 Lent Retreat

The Pray More Lenten Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you focus your eyes on the Lord and transform your prayer life this Lent.

Lent Retreat Speakers

The Retreat begins on February 22nd!

Online lenten retreat

The Retreat is self-paced.

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

It’s like a do-it-yourself retreat, but you’re not doing alone — we’re doing it with you! We hope you’ll join us.

TOPICS

Restorative Prayer

by Fr. Eric Mah

Entering into Lent

by Dr. Andrew Swafford

Growing in Unshakeable Hope

by Michelle Karen D’Silva

Living Out the Pattern of Life, Death and Resurrection 

by Claire Dwyer

Overoming Our Temptations

by Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Jesus’ Time in the Garden of Gethsemane

by Dr. Andrew Swafford

Believing Our Identity as “Beloved”

By Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Peter’s Betrayal and God’s Forgiveness

by Dr. Andrew Swafford

“Not by Bread Alone:” Abiding in the Word of God

by Michelle Karen D’Silva

How to Handle Unanswered Prayers

by Dr. Andrew Swafford

Six Ways to Keep Your Advent Season Holy, Part II 2016

How to Remain with Jesus: The Story of Mary Magdalene

by Claire Dwyer

Overcoming Lies of the Devil

by Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Vocation and Discernment

by Fr. Eric Mah

Saints with a Devotion to the Passion of Jesus

by Michelle Karen D’Silva

The Father’s Merciful Love

by Michelle Karen D’Silva

The Life & Faith of Saint Gianna Molla

by Claire Dwyer

Becoming a Person of Love

by Fr. Eric Mah

Mary’s Fiat & Ours

by Michelle Karen D’Silva

Every talk comes with a Transcript, Study Guide,
and Downloadable Audio and
 Video (with Closed Captioning too)


You can watch, listen or read through the talks however you’d like best!

You can do this your own or with a group! 

“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

 

— Why join the Pray More Lenten Retreat? — 

 

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lent.

Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him and get to know Him and His word better.

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

Return to the Lord with your whole heart and learn how you can let the Holy Spirit guide you in your everyday life.

Reflect on God’s mercy and immeasurable love for us as He sent His son to die for our sins.

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

The Retreat begins on February 22nd!

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Welcome to the Pray More Lenten Retreat!

We invite you to join us this Lent to prepare to commemorate the Lord’s Passion, Death and the celebration of His Resurrection at Easter.

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 19 different talks on prayer, on who God is — and what that means for you, the season of Lent, and lessons from the saints.

That’s about four talks for each week of Lent. 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 all the presentations.

You can participate at your own pace. Some of the talks are 15 minutes long, and some of them are closer to 20. You will be able to watch them whenever you have the time, or to download them and listen to them even while you’re on-the-go.

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

All the presentations will be available beginning on February 22nd, the first day of Lent. If you register now, we will send you an e-mail as soon as it is live and available for you to enjoy :)

God bless you!

John-Paul & Annie

PrayMoreNovenas.com

Why Join the Pray More Lenten Retreat?

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lent.

Reflect on God’s mercy and immeasurable love for you.

Return to the Lord with your whole heart and learn how you can let the Holy Spirit guide you in your everyday life.

Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten season from the comfort of your own home or while you’re on the go!

SPEAKERS

Dr. Andrew Swafford is professor of theology at Benedictine College. He is author of What We Believe: The Beauty of the Catholic Faith and co-host of Ascension’s video series (under the same title) filmed in Rome. He is general editor and contributor to Ascension’s Great Adventure Catholic Bible. Among his other publications are Ascension’s Bible studies on Romans and Hebrews, Spiritual Survival in the Modern World, and John Paul II  to Aristotle and Back Again. Andrew holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake and a master’s degree in Old Testament & Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is an avid student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and lives with his wife Sarah and their five children in Atchison, KS.

Claire Dwyer has a heart for the storyteller in all of us. She is a speaker, writer, writing coach, and author of This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Claire is also privileged to work as copywriter and content editor for the Avila Foundation, primarily on their website SpiritualDirection.com . She has a BA in Theology from Franciscan University, a graduate certification in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute, and is in the MA program for Spiritual Direction at St. Vincent’s Seminary. Claire is also the co-founder and content director of Write These Words, a place for Catholic  writers to find inspiration and information about the craft of writing and the world of publishing. A wife and mom of six, Claire spends most of her precious free time engrossed in one of the many books teetering in tall stacks on her nightstand. She invites you to find out more at eventhesparrow.com and to sign up to follow her there for upcoming live and online events and courses, podcast guest episodes, and her latest writing projects—or connect with her on her Instagram page.

Fr. Eric Mah is a priest for the Archdiocese of Toronto in Canada where he is currently serving as Pastor of St. James Parish in Colgan, St. Mary’s in Achill and St. Francis Xavier in Tottenham.

His prior assignment was in Oshawa as Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish; and Priest Chaplain of Ontario Tech, Durham College and Trent.  He previously served in the capacity of Associate Pastor in St. Leonard’s Parish in Brampton, and Blessed Trinity Parish in North York.  

Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Eric attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained a B.A. (English Literature) in 1999.  He also graduated from Dalhousie University with a law degree in 2002 before moving to Toronto and being called to the bar in 2003.  He practiced insurance law on a full-time basis before entering St. Augustine’s Seminary in 2005.  

Fr. Eric also has a podcast called Catholic Latte, which you can find on Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Podbean and Stitcher.  You can watch previous episodes of the podcast on Instagram. 

Michelle Karen D’Silva is a Catholic Speaker who has served at numerous international platforms including leading worship at the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Rome and the World Youth Day in Panama.

She resides in Doha, Qatar along with her husband Jensil and their 2 kids. Michelle is an active member of her parish – Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. She serves as a member of the National Service of Communion (NSC), attending to the pastoral needs of the community through preaching and mentoring.

Michelle pioneered the first Catholic Charismatic Youth Group in Qatar and continues to serve in the capacity of Youth Mentor. She has spearheaded numerous youth retreats, conferences and Gospel concerts including leadership and discipleship training for youth leaders across the Gulf.

In 2018 Michelle co-authored the book – ‘Life in the Spirit, Youth Edition’ under the mandate of CHARIS Youth Asia-Oceania and has travelled across the Middle East and Oceania equipping young leaders to lead and animate the Life in the Spirit seminars.

In 2020, Michelle joined the team of ‘Blessed Is She’, USA as their Devotional Writer & Blog Contributor.

Michelle’s passion to equip and empower women has resulted in ‘WellSpring Women’, an online community that has hosted an array of virtual programs bringing women from over 30 countries together. She is also the host of “Unravel” – a podcast show dedicated exclusively for women. 

If you would like to know more about Michelle or access a collection of free Catholic resources, please visit her website www.michelledsilva.com

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau is a priest from Detroit who is on fire. After four years of priesthood, he experienced a breakthrough surge of stunning healings in ministry that changed his life, convincing him that Jesus loves to give his disciples power to share the gospel and power to heal (Mark 16:18). He carries an infectious joy, inspiring faith, a passion for healing and a unique grace to equip and activate believers into the healing ministry of Jesus.

 

“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.