Catholic Advent Retreats

2020 Advent Retreat

The Pray More Advent Retreat

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

Advent Retreat Speakers

Danielle Bean

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Mary Lenaburg

Kevin Heider

Tim Glemkowski

Andi Oney

Deacon Larry Oney Photo

Deacon Larry Oney

Kevin Heider

The Retreat has ended but you can still join below!

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

Finding Rest in Prayer

by Danielle Bean

Patiently Waiting for God

by Fr. Leo Patalinghug

How to Discern God’s Will

by Danielle Bean

How to Pray: Lectio Divina

by Tim Glemkowski

Letting God Dwell in Our Hearts & Our Homes

by Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Seeking & Experiencing Joy Through Our Faith

by Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Mary’s Fiat: Saying Yes to God

By Mary Lenaburg

Impossible Things Can Happen: The Story of Zechariah, Elizabeth and John

by Andi Oney

Living Out Our Forgiveness

by Tim Glemkowski

Choosing Joy

by Mary Lenaburg

John the Baptist: His Humility & Significance

by Andi Oney

The Geneology of Jesus & Why It’s Important

by Deacon Larry Oney

Reigniting our Hope: the Story of Hannah

by Deacon Larry Oney

Purifying Our Faith

by Fr. Leo Patalinghug

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 Advent Retreat? — 

 

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

Slow down during this busy season and reflect on your relationship with Jesus, and grow closer to Him through prayer.

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?

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer your prayers.

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

Here’s a preview!

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 17 different talks on prayer, the season of Advent, and how to live out our faith during this season. That’s about 4 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 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.

 Once you register, all the presentations will be sent to your email 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.

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer your prayers.

Slow down during this busy season and reflect on your relationship with Jesus, and grow closer to Him through prayer.

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

SPEAKERS

Father Leo is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He is the creator and founder of an international food and faith movement called Plating Grace, whose mission is to build relationships, strengthen families, as well as communities, utilizing the power of food. The movement began with one proven concept; the act of sharing meals can help families thrive and bring people together who may have different views or backgrounds. Plating Grace has now reached thousands of people through Father Leo’s pilgrimage around the world to feed people body, mind and soul.

Father Leo is also the founder and chair of the nonprofit group, The Table Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to support to culinary community along with assisting those returning to the community from the prison system. The objective being to assimilate them through a formation process and give them culinary training to obtain skills needed to earn gainful employment.. His unique background as a chef and his previous experience as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor and former award-winning break dancer and choreographer has earned the attention of major media outlets, including the Food Network where he won, “Throwdown with Bobby Flay!”  The mission to see food as a gift from God to nourish your family and to strengthen relationships is making this world a better place one meal at a time.

Mary Lenaburg is a writer, speaker, wife and  mother sharing her witness and testimony about God’s Redeeming love.

After suffering a miscarriage, she gave birth to her son Jonathan in 1989. After another miscarriage,  her daughter Courtney arrived August 1992. On September 27, 1992, while being baptized, Courtney had the first of many grand-mal seizures.  Going from the church to the emergency room, Mary’s world changed forever. For the next twenty-two years Mary and her family took a spiritual journey that led them to Lourdes, France, numerous hospitals and specialists with their daughter and finally to home-based hospice. Courtney took her last breath this side of heaven on December 27, 2014, the feast of St. John the Beloved, while in her mother’s arms. She is now her parents and big brothers most powerful intercessor.

Mary lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of 28 years and her grown son.  She continues to embrace her father’s advice:  Never quit, never give up, never lose your faith.  It’s the one reason you walk this earth. For God just this time and place just for you, so make the most of it.

Mary can be found on-line at www.marylenaburg.com

TIm Glemkowski is the Director of Strategy for the Archdiocese of Denver, helping to lead mission and renewal initiatives. He is the former founder and president of L’Alto Catholic Institute and Revive Parishes. Tim authored Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture, which was released in Fall 2019 through Our Sunday Visitor. He is an international speaker who has also consulted for many organizations, dioceses, and parishes. Tim and his wife, Maggie, live in Littleton, CO with their three young children. 

Danielle Bean is brand manager at CatholicMom.com, an apostolate of Holy Cross Family Ministries. She is creator and host of the Girlfriends podcast and co-host of The Gist on CatholicTV. Danielle is also author of several books including Momnipotent, You Are Enough, and Giving Thanks and Letting Go. She is a retreat leader and a popular speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 25 years and together they have 8 children. Learn more about Danielle and her work at DanielleBean.com.

Deacon Larry Oney Photo

Deacon Larry Oney is the chairman of HGI Global, founder of Hope and Purpose Ministries, international motivational speaker, host of the “Life and Spirit” podcast, author of Amazed by God’s Grace (published by The Word Among Us Press), Divine Mission:  Discovering Your Hope and Purpose, Reflections on the Kingdom of God, and UP FAITH! God loves a faith that is always looking up!, and co-author of two books. Larry Oney infuses positivity and inspiration into his work and ministries. His dynamic presentation style and message of hope has led to hundreds of speaking engagements across the globe. Over thirty years of experience making critical business decisions while helping to awaken the faith of others has uniquely equipped Larry Oney to present lively, invigorating, knowledgeable, and life-changing presentations. 

The mission of Hope and Purpose Ministries is to participate in the New Evangelization through preaching, teaching, leading retreats, conducting parish missions, and fostering the Baptism of the Holy Spirit using excellent media initiatives thereby offering hope and purpose to all individuals through encouragement and knowledge sharing.Through Hope and Purpose Ministries, the team is working to further the ministry of Jesus to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Matthew 10:7), encourage others that God has a plan and purpose for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11), and to help heal the broken-hearted (John 10:10b).

Andi Oney is an international Catholic evangelist, wife, and mother from the New 
Orleans, Louisiana area, who is known for her anointed teaching and exhortation. She is the author of Extravagant Praise: Our History,  Heritage, and Hope and Mary’s Life in the Holy Spirit: A Model for Us. Andi is a senior team member of Hope and Purpose Ministries and serves in a leadership role for a southern regional women’s retreat team. She is a member of the Southern Region Conference Steering Committee and teaches at various conferences and retreats throughout the year. 
Kevin Heider

Kevin Heider is a singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist from Dayton, Ohio. Having written hymns, drinking songs, and everything in between, his music is imbued with a spiritual and social consciousness that explores what it means to be human.

In July of 2008, Kevin was personally selected by Ingrid Michaelson as the winner of Gibson’s The Way I Am contest. This inspired him to pursue a life in the arts, and he has since traveled and toured extensively with his music. He performs solo and with his full band, The Honest Stand.

Kevin is also the creator and host of the popular Song & Story podcast. His music is available everywhere digitally, and physical copies can be purchased at KevinHeider.com

“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.

2019 Advent Retreat

The Pray More Advent Retreat

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

The Pray More Advent Retreat Preview

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

Prepare the Way of the Lord

by Fr. Patrick Briscoe

Our Father Who Keeps His Promises

by Stacey Sumereau

Trading Busyness for the Calm of Christ

by Katie Sciba

The Messiah

by Fr. Patrick Briscoe

Cooperating with God’s Will

by Stacey Sumereau

Letting Go of Sin for the Hopeful Life

by Katie Sciba

Awaken the Saint Within You, Part I: Intentionally Growing Closer to Christ

By John Kinuthia

Awaken the Saint Within You, Part II:
Deepening Your Prayer Life

by John Kinuthia

Reclaiming Your True Identity, Part I

by Stacey Sumereau

Eliminating Self-Comparison for Grateful Reality

by Katie Sciba

Feeding Your Faith & Overcoming Your Fear

by John Kinuthia

Embracing Vulnerability to Overcome Pain

by Katie Sciba

Reclaiming Your True Identity, Part II

by Stacey Sumereau

Looking closer at St. Joseph this Advent

by John Kinuthia

He Shall Come Again

by Fr. Patrick Briscoe

God is Faithful

by Fr. Patrick Briscoe

Katie Sciba Retreat Speaker

Katie Sciba

John Kinuthia Retreat Speaker Photo

John Kinuthia

Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP

Stacey Sumereau Retreat Speaker Photo

Stacey Sumereau

Full Biographies Below 

 

— Why join the Pray More Advent Retreat? — 

 

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

Slow down during this busy season and reflect on your relationship with Jesus, and grow closer to Him through prayer.

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?

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer your prayers.

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

“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 4 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 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.

Once you register, we will send all the presentations to your email 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.

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer your prayers.

Slow down during this busy season and reflect on your relationship with Jesus, and grow closer to Him through prayer.

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

SPEAKERS

Katie Sciba Retreat Speaker

Katie Sciba is a national speaker, retreat writer, and six-time Catholic Press Award-winning columnist. She holds a degree in theology from Benedictine College, and her work on Catholic minimalism, spiritual intimacy with Jesus, as well as marriage and family has impacted audiences nationwide. Katie writes for Cincinnati’s Catholic Telegraph and has been featured on several podcasts and radio shows. Her humor and honesty enable her to connect well with a crowd.

At home, Katie homeschools her children and plays an active part in her husband’s small business. She and Andrew live with their family in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can learn more about her on her website and on her Facebook page.

Elizabeth Ficocelli Photo

Father Patrick Mary Briscoe has recently finished his studies in theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Ordained a priest in May 2016, he presently serves at St. Pius V parish in Providence, Rhode Island. He has two younger sisters–who are twins–and thus has no fear of picking fights, even when he’s outnumbered! 

Fr. Patrick graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he majored in philosophy and French literature. Since joining the Dominican Order, he has served in campus ministry, as an intern at the Archdiocese of Washington, as a missionary in Kenya (alongside the Missionaries of Charity), and at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he worked on special assignment for the Knights of Columbus in Krakow, Poland, as an organizer at the World Youth Day Mercy Centre.

John Kinuthia Retreat Speaker Photo

John Kinuthia is a Catholic Speaker and Retreat Presenter who inspires people to live their faith fully alive. In his ministry, John is dedicated to helping every person Awaken the Saint Within.

John is also the Director of Cornerstone Impact, a professional training and coaching company that facilitates engaging and highly impactful personal growth and professional development programs to strengthen teams, improve relationships and increase productivity.

He was born and raised in Kenya and is the 2nd of 7 children. In Kenya, he was involved in many aspects of his Catholic Faith including a member of a ‘Small Christian Community’, Catholic Youth Leadership, and a member of VIDES Kenya, a volunteer organization that serves underprivileged children in the Nairobi Area, which is where he met his wife.

In 2012, John came to the US to reunite with the love of his life and pursue his dreams. John enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife are blessed with 3 beautiful boys; Joey, Caleb and Leo.

Stacey Sumereau Retreat Speaker Photo

Stacey Sumereau was a touring Broadway singer and dancer in classic hit shows The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. Stacey toured 43 States and nearly every province of Canada before discovering that God was calling her away from the competitive world of theatre.

She was sought by cameras to be featured on the Reality TV Show The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns as one of five young women discerning a religious vocation. Although she discerned that God was calling her to marriage and motherhood, Stacey’s discernment experience sparked a call to encourage other young people to let God guide their life choices and to live out of their God-given dignity.

Stacey uses her unique talents of singing, humorous storytelling, and even fire-eating! She has spoken at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the LA Religious Education Congress, and dioceses and parishes across the Country. She hosts the popular Catholic podcast Called and Caffeinated. You can find her online at staceysumereau.com, and on social media @staceysumereau.    

“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.

2018 Advent Retreat

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.

“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. 

Once you register, we will send you all the presentations  to your email 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

Elizabeth Ficocelli Photo

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.

2017 Advent Retreat

The Pray More Advent Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you prepare to celebrate the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ at Christmas.

Here’s What You Get When You Register:

Speakers

Video & Audio Presentations with Transcripts

Reflective Study Guides

The Retreat is self-paced.

 

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

 

Here’s a Preview of the Retreat!

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 13 different talks on prayer, the season of Advent, and lessons from the saints. That’s about 4 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.

Once you register, we will send all the presentations to your email 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.

— What would the Saints say about this? — 

“Are we ready to receive Him? Before the birth of Jesus, his parents asked for a simple dwelling place, but there was none. If Mary and Joseph were looking for a home for Jesus, would they choose … your heart, and all it holds? Let us pray that we shall be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas…”

– St. Teresa of Calcutta

The liturgy of Advent…helps us to understand fully the value and meaning of the mystery of Christmas… Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously.”

– St. John Paul II

“Advent is here. What a marvelous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: He is about to arrive!”

– St. Josemaria Escriva

“The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace.”

– St. Charles Borromeo

TOPICS

Waiting Well: Making the Most of Advent

by Johnnette Benkovic

Following the Queen of Advent: How Mary Journeyed Through the First Advent

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Following God’s Lead: Where is He Calling You? What is He Calling You To Do? 

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Isaiah 9:6: The Titles of Jesus

by Mary Lenaburg

Mary’s Fiat: Saying Yes to God

by Mary Lenaburg

 

Back to the Basics, Part I

by Jon Leonetti

Having Great Hope in God’s Plan

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Back to the Basics, Part II

by Jon Leonetti

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry

by Mary Lenaburg

Back to the Basics, Part III

by Jon Leonetti

An Introduction to Our Need of Forgiveness

by Johnnette Benkovic

The Stages of Giving & Receiving Forgiveness

by Johnnette Benkovic

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Featuring All of the Pray More Retreat Speakers

+ Study Guides to Accompany Each Talk

Why Join the Pray More Advent Retreat?

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

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?

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

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

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

SPEAKERS

Johnnette S. Benkovic is Founder and President of Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc., a Catholic evangelization apostolate with outreaches in television, radio, print, and internet communications.  She is also Founder of Women of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for Christian women that features a number of outreaches including conferences, curricula, study groups, and more.

After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981 and discerned a call to share the Gospel message through the media.  She has been a consistent presence in Catholic radio since 1987 and in Catholic television since 1988.

Johnnette is Executive Producer of the Women of Grace television program, which is aired on EWTN internationally, Monday through Friday. The program discusses contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective.  Johnnette is also host of Women of Grace Live, a one hour call-in radio talk show that also airs Monday through Friday. She is heard nationally on AM/FM stations and internationally via short wave and satellite radio. For additional information about Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc. and Women of Grace®, visit the www.womenofgrace.com.

In addition, Johnnette is a popular conference speaker, retreat conductor, and seminar presenter, and has been published in major Catholic magazines.  She is the author of several books including Full of Grace:  Women and the Abundant Life (Servant), Grace-Filled Moments, Living Life Abundantly: Stories of People Who Have Encountered God (Servant), Experience Grace in Abundance: Strategies for Your Spiritual Life(Sophia), The New Age Counterfeit (Queenship), Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day (Sophia), and  The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare (Servant).  

Johnnette was married to her husband, Anthony, for nearly 34 years and became widowed in 2007. She is the mother of three adult children, two living, and has seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Ficocelli Photo

Father Nathan Cromly is an informative and engaging speaker, writer, retreat leader, explorer, innovator, and educator. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Father Nathan is a Catholic priest of the Brothers of Saint John in Denver, Colorado. From teaching children to adore the Blessed Sacrament to leading mountain ski retreats with businessmen, Father Nathan’s spiritual direction, teaching, and dynamic witness has touched the lives of tens of thousands of teenagers, married couples, and families in all 50 states.

Father Nathan is a founder whose ministry has taken on a life of its own. In 2003, he began Eagle Eye Ministries, which now is the home of six forms of outreach to teens and young adults. He opened the Saint John Institute in 2015—a program unique in its kind, allowing young adults to earn an accredited MBA while receiving spiritual formation from the Brothers of Saint John. Besides leading international backpacking trips and making documentaries with EWTN, Father most recently founded Saint John Works, a business incubator program hosting a printing press, online store, missionary platform, and a Catholic art clearinghouse. In his free time, Father has written Totus Tuus, a preparation for Total Consecration to Mary, and launched a weekly podcast titled Dare Great Things for Christ.

While always attentive to the people in front of him, Father has also used the media to proclaim the gospel. Father Nathan has appeared multiple times on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Father Mitch Live. He has co-produced four hour-long documentaries about the lives of the saints, and has been extensively interviewed on Catholic radio and podcasts such as The Jennifer Fulwiler ShowGood Things Radio, and many more. 

Above all else, Father Nathan is a Catholic priest. He has dedicated his priesthood to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and is humbled to serve you today. 

Mary Lenaburg is a writer, speaker, wife and mother sharing her witness and testimony about God’s Redeeming love. After suffering a miscarriage, she gave birth to her son Jonathan in 1989. After another miscarriage, her daughter Courtney arrived August 1992. On September 27, 1992, while being baptized, Courtney had the first of many grand-mal seizures. Going from the church to the emergency room, Mary’s world changed forever. For the next twenty-two years Mary and her family took a spiritual journey that led them to Lourdes, France, numerous hospitals and specialists with their daughter and finally to home-based hospice. Courtney took her last breath this side of heaven on December 27, 2014, the feast of St. John the Beloved, while in her mother’s arms. She is now her parents and big brothers most powerful intercessor. Mary lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of 28 years and her grown son. She continues to embrace her father’s advice: Never quit, never give up, never lose your faith. It’s the one reason you walk this earth. For God just this time and place just for you, so make the most of it. Mary can be found on-line at www.marylenaburg.com

Jon Leonetti is an international Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Through Jon’s keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands of Catholics each year discover the freedom Christ offers by way of his life and love.

Jon’s two books––Mission Of The Family and Your God Is Too Boring––are published and featured in Matthew Kelly’s Dynamic Catholic book program. They have been endorsed by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz; the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mark Hart, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Brandon Vogt, Tom Peterson and more.

Jon believes that our deepest longing for happiness and wholeness is fulfilled in the encounter with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, the Sacraments, family life, and the help of Mary and the saints, Jon wants to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus, and help others do the same. 

With this message Jon has been featured and interviewed by the nations top Catholic websites, blogs and radio shows, helping Catholics in all walks of life to fall in love and stay in love with the living God.

At home, Jon enjoys reading, sports, exercising, coffee and, most of all, spending time with his wife Teresa and their children Joseph and Gianna. Jon is currently pursuing a masters degree in moral theology.

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.

2016 Advent Retreat

The Pray More Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you deepen your prayer life

for a fruitful, prayerful and holy Advent

Here’s What You Get When You Register:

Speakers

Video Presentations with Transcripts

Reflective Study Guides

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 20 different talks on prayer, the season of Advent, and lessons from the saints. That’s 5 talks for each week of Advent. 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.

Once you register, we will send all the presentations to your email 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 Lenten Retreat? — 

 

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

Reflect on God’s mercy and love for us as He comes to live among us. 

Renew your hope as you wait for God’s answers to your prayers.

Learn to love the sacraments and live a life inspired by the saints.

 Slow down and meditate on what we’re waiting for this Advent — every Advent, and what we are waiting for, ultimately, in this world: union with Christ.

 

Become more intentional with your prayer life for the new Liturgical Year.   

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

— What would the Saints say about this? — 

“Are we ready to receive Him? Before the birth of Jesus, his parents asked for a simple dwelling place, but there was none. If Mary and Joseph were looking for a home for Jesus, would they choose … your heart, and all it holds? Let us pray that we shall be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas…”

— St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Advent is here. What a marvelous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: He is about to arrive!”

— St. Josemaria Escriva

“The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace.”

– St. Charles Borromeo

“The liturgy of Advent…helps us to understand fully the value and meaning of the mystery of Christmas… Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously.”

— St. John Paul II

TOPICS

Discovering the Joy in Advent

by Sarah Reinhard

How to Slow Down in Prayer During Advent

How to Slow Down in Prayer During Advent

by Sarah Reinhard

Turning to Mary During Advent

Turning to Mary During Advent

by Sarah Reinhard

2016

Six Ways to Keep Your Advent Season Holy Part I

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Living as a Redeemed People in a Broken World 2016

Living as a Redeemed People in a Broken World

by Scott Powell

 

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

Six Ways to Keep Your Advent Season Holy, Part II

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

The Lifelong Journey of Holiness 2016

The Lifelong Journey of Holiness

by Constance Hull

The Strange Way God Heals Our Sufferings 2016

The Strange Way God Heals Our Sufferings

by Constance Hull

St. John Paul II and the Holy Eucharist 2016

St. John Paul II and the Holy Eucharist

by Constance Hull

What the 'Our Father' Teaches Us About Prayer 2016

What the ‘Our Father’ Teaches Us About Prayer

by Stephen Beale

St. Therese Teaches Us to Live Simply in Great Love 2016

St. Therese Teaches Us to Live Simply in Great Love

by Constance Hull

Jesus and the Call of Discipleship 2016

Jesus and the Call of Discipleship

by Scott Powell

Why We Celebrate So Many Martyrs at Christmas 2016

Why We Celebrate So Many Martyrs at Christmas

by Stephen Beale

St. Ignatius of Loyola's Process of Reflecting on the Gospels 2016

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Process of Reflecting on the Gospels

by Fr. Anthony Co

Was it Not Necessary? The Story of the Road to Emmaus 2016

Was it Not Necessary? The Story of the Road to Emmaus

by Scott Powell

Isaiah, the Prophet of Christmas 2016

Isaiah, the Prophet of Christmas

by Stephen Beale

Keeping it Real During Advent 2016

Keeping it Real During Advent

by Sarah Reinhard

Exclamatory Prayer 2016

Exclamatory Prayer

by Stephen Beale

Tuning in to the Thought Frequency of God 2016

Tuning in to the Thought Frequency of God

by Fr. Anthony Co

Destined for Love 2016

Destined for Love

by Fr. Anthony Co

Why Join the Pray More Retreat?

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

Reflect on God’s mercy and love for us as He comes to live among us.

Learn to love the sacraments and live a life inspired by the saints.

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

Renew your hope as you wait for God’s answers to your prayers.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Scott Powell is a teacher, theologian and author. He is the director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an outreach to the University of Colorado Boulder, and is also an affiliate of the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado. He has taught at the Augustine Institute and the Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary’s Catholic Biblical School. He and his wife, Annie, founded Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic outdoor adventure program for youth based in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Scott also co-hosts and produces the popular podcast “The Word on the Hill with the Lanky Guys” and has appeared in numerous Catholic productions, including “Symbolon,” “Beloved,” “Reborn,” “YDisciple” and the “Opening the Word” series. He has been featured on EWTN, “Catholic Answers Live” and several other Catholic outlets. He holds a doctorate in Catholic Studies from Maryvale Institute/Liverpool Hope University in England. Scott is also the author of “An Environmental Ethic for the End of the World: An Ecological Midrash on Romans 8:19 – 22,” recently published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Scott and his wife live near Boulder, Colorado with their three children: Lily Avila, Samuel Isaac and Evelyn Luca.

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Elizabeth Ficocelli is a best-selling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and young people and a contributor to national Catholic magazines.

She is a frequent guest on Catholic television and radio and the host of her own radio program, “Answering The Call” on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM 820. A sought-after speaker, Elizabeth presents at national Catholic conferences, catechetical events, parishes, schools, and retreats, sharing her love and enthusiasm for the Catholic faith with audiences of all ages. She and her husband of 31 years have four boys and reside in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit www.elizabethficocelli.com.

Constance T. Hull is a freelance writer, graduate student theologian, homeschooling mom, and active member of pro-life and miscarriage ministry. She has been published by Catholic Exchange, The Federalist, and Public Discourse. She has also been a guest on Teresa Tomeo’s and Al Kresta’s radio programs. She is passionate about all things Catholic.

Father Anthony Co grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. While completing his studies of philosophy and Eastern religions at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Fr. Anthony received his calling to the priesthood. Immediately after graduating from U of I, Fr. Anthony entered Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary and for the next five years he prepared for Holy Orders for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in 2005 and offered his Mass of Thanksgiving on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Father Anthony has served throughout the Diocese of Peoria, ministering to college students and various parishes. He is now pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Andalusia and a college chaplain.  

Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, parish worker and catechist, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of many books, the most recent of which is The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She’s online at SnoringScholar.com and writes online at the National Catholic Register, CatholicMom.com, and the Integrated Catholic Life. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and four children.

Stephen Beale is a freelance writer and reporter based in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. He writes a weekly column for CatholicExchange and also is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register and Crisis magazine. He holds a B.A. in classics and history from Brown University. He also has completed the coursework towards an MA in theology at Providence College, where he has focused on the thought and spirituality of the early Church Fathers.

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.