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2021 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

Jon Leonetti

Katie Sciba Retreat Speaker

Katie Sciba

Beth Davis

Kevin Heider

Fr. Tom Pringle

Deacon Larry Oney Photo

Allison Gingras

The Retreat begins on February 17th!

Here’s a preview!

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

Prayer, Penance and Almsgiving

by Jon Leonetti

How to Hear God’s Voice in Prayer

by Beth Davis

Seeking Rest & Peace with the Lord

by Beth Davis

Commiting to Lent

by Fr. Tom Pringle

An Encounter with Christ: Bringing Our Brokenness and Pains to Confession

by Allison Gingras

Renewing & Healing Our Relationship with God

by Allison Gingras

Overcoming Sin & Shame

By Beth Davis

To Whom We Belong

by Fr. Tom Pringle

Turning Back to God in Prayer

by Jon Leonetti

Guided Prayer: A Meditation on the Wounds of Christ

by Beth Davis

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

The Father’s Search for The Prodigal Son

by Jon Leonetti

Embracing Vulnerability to Overcome Pain

by Katie Sciba

Loving Those Who Are Hard to Love

by Fr. Tom Pringle

Letting Go of Sin for the Hopeful Life

by Katie Sciba

“Do You Want to be Well?”
Responding to the Lord

by Allison Gingras

“Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

by Allison Gingras

Trading Busyness for the Calm of Christ

by Katie Sciba

Eliminating Self-Comparison for Grateful Reality

by Katie Sciba

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 17th! 

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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 20 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 10 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 17th, 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 us as He sent His won to die for our sins.

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

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

SPEAKERS

Jon Leonetti is a nationally known 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 is the founder of SanctifyU, a first of its kind membership platform on the lives, teachings, and wisdom of the saints. Jon is the author of five books, including Mission Of The Family, Your God Is Too Boring and, The Art of Getting Over Yourself: And Why You’ll Be Happier When You Do. Jon’s first two books are published and featured in Matthew Kelly’s Dynamic Catholic Book Program. Jon’s writings, talks, and programs have been endorsed by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, New York Times Bestselling author Immaculee Ilibagiza, Mark Hart, Chris Stefanick, Jennifer Fulwiler, Brandon Vogt 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 nation’s 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. Jon has a masters degree in moral theology.​​ 

 You can learn more about Jon here.

Beth Davis is a lover of Jesus, a retired youth minister, and the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She is passionate about teaching people how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts. Her favorite things include being an aunt to her five sweet niece and nephews, calling everyone ‘friend,’ and whatever book she’s currently reading.

Fr. Tom Pringle currently serves as the Parochial Vicar at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community in Indialantic, a parish of the Diocese of Orlando.

Prior to entering seminary, Fr. Tom served as a Catholic stewardship and communications professional with experience in marketing and development for Catholic schools and parishes. You can read more about him here.

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 read more about Katie here and here.

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

Allison Gingras shares the Catholic faith with honesty, humor, and experiences from every life. Allison created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), which includes her titles — Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust and The Gift of Invitation. She is a writer, inspirational speaker, podcast host, and Catholic social media consultant. Allison Gingras works for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization as National WINE Steward tending all aspects of the Virtual Vineyard. She is a Social Media Consultant for the Diocese of Fall River and CatholicMom.com.  Learn More at ReconciledToYou.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.

2020 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.

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

Humility: The Foundation of Prayer

by Pete Burak

“Can you drink the chalice I’m going to drink?”

by Scott Powell

Having Hope in a Faithful God

by Ashley Stevens

Getting to Know Jesus Better this Lent

by Emily Stimpson Chapman

How to be Led by the Holy Spirit

by Pete Burak

 

Trusting in God’s Will

by Ashley Stevens

Denying Ourselves, Taking Up Our Cross and Following Him

By Emily Stimpson Chapman

Bringing Our Wounds to Christ

by Ashley Stevens

Jesus Wants Our Conversion, Continuously

by Pete Burak

Coping with God’s (Seeming) Silence

by Emily Stimpson Chapman

Mary’s Role in Our Redemption

by Scott Powell

Redemptive Suffering

by Pete Burak

“God, show me a sign”

by Ashley Stevens

Dealing with Unanswered Prayers

by Emily Stimpson Chapman

The Prodigal Son and The Merciful Father

by Scott Powell

Believing Our Identity as “Beloved”

by Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

St. Joseph: Protector and Father

by Scott Powell

Overcoming Lies of the Devil

by Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Overcoming our Temptations 

by Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

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

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

Emily Stimpson Chapman

Pete Burak

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Scott Powell

Ashley Stevens

 

— 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!

“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 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 10 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.

Once you register, we will send you all the presentations through your email 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 us as He sent His won to die for our sins.

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

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. 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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Emily Stimpson Chapman is an award-winning Catholic writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her books include The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food & Faith Meet (Emmaus Road, 2016); The American Catholic Almanac: The Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed America (Image, 2014), These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013), and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012).

Chapman writes regularly about faith, hospitality, and food at her blog, The Catholic Table (www.thecatholictable.com).

Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Pete is a frequent speaker on discipleship and evangelization, and he is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. He is the co-founder of the Millennial Church Conference, a monthly columnist for Faith Magazine, and the host of the popular YouTube show called Cathlist.  Pete and his wife Cait have four children.

Ashley Stevens is a speaker, writer, wife, and mother of three. She was born near Philadelphia, PA, raised just outside Knoxville, TN and played soccer and converted to the Catholic faith at the University of Nebraska. While serving as a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary shortly after getting engaged, she was T-boned by a Mack truck and nearly lost her life. They got married on the one-year anniversary of the accident to redeem the day and she’s since shared her story with The 700 Club, Busted Halo Sirius XM Show, The Omaha World-Herald, and blogs and podcasts to encourage those whose life isn’t going according to plan. Find out more about her at www.mountainsunmoved.com.

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.

2019 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.

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

Healing and Liberation through Lent, Prayer and Fasting

by Tim Glemkowski

The Prodigal Son: “Be Reconciled to God”

by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

The Trouble When We Rely On Our Own Strength

by Mary Lenaburg

Jesus is Doing Something New:
“Go and Sin No More”

by Fr. John Burns

Saints Who Suffered & What We Can Learn From Them

By Jon Leonetti

 

“Searching for and Maintaining Peace”

by Tim Glemkowski

Coping with God’s Silence

by Sr. Faustina

Experiencing God’s Mercy, Part I

by Amanda Texeira

The Call to Be Humble

by Mary Lenaburg

God Wants Our Conversion, Not Our Death or Downfall

by Tim Glemkowski

Listening to and for God’s Voice

by Sr. Faustina

Experiencing God’s Mercy, Part II

by Amanda Texeira

Prayer, Penance & Almsgiving: Reordering Our Lives to the Gospel

by Jon Leonetti

Jesus Came (And Comes) To Rescue You

by Fr. John Burns

What We Can Learn from the Story of the Bronze Serpent

by Sr. Faustina

Returning to the Lord With our Whole Hearts

by Fr. John Burns

The Truth Will Set You Free

The Truth Will Set You Free

by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Rich in Mercy

by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Fr. John Burns

Sr. Faustina Maria Pia

Jon Leonetti

Tim Glemkowski

Mary Lenaburg

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Amanda Texeira

 

— 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.

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!

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer 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 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 20 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 10 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. 

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

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.

Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten 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 John Burns

Rev. John Burns is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Ordained a priest in 2010, he has served as an associate pastor and pastor in Milwaukee as well as an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He is currently studying for a doctorate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His doctoral research focuses on the intersection of psychology and grace in the work of healing through forgiveness.

Fr. Burns directs retreats and missions in the Archdiocese, works in multiple capacities with both the Men of Christ and Women of Christ annual conferences, and contributes to the young adult renewal ministries of ARISE and Cor Jesu. Beyond the Archdiocese, he is a speaker at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s annual conferences as well as Focus’s SEEK Conference.

Fr. Burns is a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s The Inner Life and has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Bookmark. He works extensively with the Sisters of Life and Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the sisters in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

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Mary Lenaburg is a writer, speaker, wife and mother sharing her witness and testimony to groups of all ages about God’s Redeeming love and that faith is the courage to want what God wants for us, even if we cannot see where the path leads. Acceptance + Trust = Unimaginable Joy.

Mary’s first book, “Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During my Most Difficult Days” will be published by Ave Maria Press on May 10, 2019. It is available to order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.

Mary and her husband have been happily married for 30 year, finding joy among the ashes having lost their disabled daughter Courtney in 2014. They live in Northern Virginia with their grown son Jonathan.  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 chose this time and place just for you, so make the most of it.”

Jon Leonetti is a nationally known 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 the author of three books: Mission Of The Family, Your God Is Too Boring and, The Art of Getting Over Yourself: And Why You’ll Be Happier When You Do. Jon’s first two books are published and featured in Matthew Kelly’s Dynamic Catholic Book Program. Jon’s writings and talks have been endorsed by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, New York Times Bestselling author Immaculee Ilibagiza, Mark Hart, Chris Stefanick, Brandon Vogt 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 has a masters degree in moral theology.

SrFaustina is the youngest of eight children and has a twin sister. She’s originally from Connecticut. She studied psychology and nursing prior to entering the Sisters of Life in 2009. She currently serves as the assistant Vocation Director. She loves life, all things rustic, but Jesus most of all! And yes, Jesus I trust in You, is her motto.
The Sisters of Life immerse themselves in Eucharistic prayer within a vibrant community life, and their missions include caring for women who are pregnant and in crisis; retreat works; accompanying college students on campus; inviting those suffering after abortion to receive the healing mercy of Jesus; intercessory prayer; and fostering a Culture of Life through evangelization.

Tim Glemkowski is the president and founder of L’Alto Catholic Institute, a not-for-profit apostolate dedicated to helping parishes become more effective at forming disciples. Tim is a sought after international speaker and leader who has served in various roles in evangelization including teaching high school theology, youth and young adult ministry at a parish, and as a director of evangelization and catechesis. He double-majored in theology and philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville and has his Master’s in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Tim is passionate about seeing the Church renewed through discipleship. His favorite way to recreate is to be in the outdoors with his wife Magdalene and their two young children.

Amanda Teixeira hails from Omaha, Nebraska. She is a wife, mother, and co-founder of WalletWin, a personal finance education company. Amanda is a nationally sought after speaker and writer on the topics of finances, faith, leadership, and intentional living. Before launching WalletWin, she served nine years as a staff member with FOCUS. When she isn’t running her business, Amanda can be found having spontaneous dance parties or exploring the outdoors with her husband Jonathan, daughters Josephine, Charlotte, and Eleanor and their beloved Labrador Retriever, Wrigley.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him.

He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the Eternal Word Television’s Network’s popular radio program, “Morning Glory”, and the weekly broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio. Deacon has also appeared as a guest on numerous other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.

Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mt. Angel Abbey. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

Most importantly, he is married to his lovely wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

“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 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.

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. 

 

 

“This retreat made my Lent more meaningful and has brought me to a better spiritual life!”

Jeanne

“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

Here’s a preview of the retreat! 

TOPICS

Renewing our Covenant with God this Lent

Renewing our Covenant with God this Lent

by Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck

Let your servant Go in Peace: Responding to God in Prayer

Let Your Servant Go in Peace: Responding to God in Prayer

by Dr. Scott Powell

Deuteronomy & Foundations of Prayer

Embrace the Awkward: Deuteronomy and the Foundations of Prayer

by Dr. Scott Powell

Jesus and the Storms of Life

Jesus and the Storms of Life

by Beth Davis

Created to Love and Live in Relationship with God

Created to Love & Live in Relationship with God

by Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck

 

Our Deepest Identity

Our Deepest Identity

by Beth Davis

Grace Trifecta Part I Prayer

The Grace Trifecta, Part I: Prayer

by Allison Gingras

Gods ways are not our ways

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

by Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck

Grace Trifecta Part II Scripture

The Grace Trifecta, Part II: Scripture

by Allison Gingras

Whoever serves me must follow me

“Whoever serves me must follow me”

by Fr. Thomas Quinn

The Grace Trifecta Part III

The Grace Trifecta, Part III: The Sacraments

By Allison Gingras

Facing Our Goliaths: The Most Famous Old testament Story We've Never Heard

Facing our Goliaths: The Most Famous Old Testament Story We’ve Never Heard

by Dr. Scott Powell

The Father's Heart

The Father’s Heart

by Beth Davis

Extravagant Love

Extravagant Love

by Beth Davis

John 3:16 in the Christian Bible, For God so loved the world...

For God So Loved the World

by Fr. Thomas Quinn

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

by Fr. Thomas Quinn

SPEAKERS

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck

Beth Davis

Dr. Scott Powell

Allison Gingras

Fr. Thomas Quinn

 

— Why join the Pray More Lenten Retreat? — 

 

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

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.

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! 

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

— What would the Saints say about this? — 

“Overcome any sluggishness you may feel, and the false excuse that prayer can wait for later. Let us never put off this vital source of grace until tomorrow. Now is the right time.”

– St. Josemaria Escriva

“Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…”

– Pope Benedict XVI

“‘Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”

– St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Lent is about a relationship, the most important one, with God and our neighbor.”

– Fr. John Lombardi

“This retreat made my Lent more meaningful and has brought me to a better spiritual life!”

Jeanne

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

Julie

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

Marguerite

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 16 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 two to three 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 10 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.

Once you register, we will send all the presentations to your email for you to enjoy :) 

God bless you!

John-Paul & Annie

PrayMoreNovenas.com

Why Join the Pray More Lenten Retreat?

Become more intentional with your prayer 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!

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

SPEAKERS

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck is originally from the Bloomington-Normal area where he grew up serving as an altar boy at Holy Trinity in Bloomington, IL. He was also a very gifted athlete as well. Fr. Chase made the United States Under 17 National Team in high school and was named a high school All-American before moving on to play at Clemson University. While at Clemson, he was a four-year starter helping the tigers to the 2001 ACC championship and four NCCAA tournament berths including two elite eight appearances. 

After Graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international trade, He signed with the Chilean first team division soccer league.  On a second division club in 2006, he helped the team achieve promotion to Chile’s top flight while winning the league title. Father played the 2007 season in the first division while completing his fourth and final year in the Chilean league.  In two of those years he was selected the league’s most valuable player at the left full-back position.  He also spent time with the Colorado Rapids and played for the New England Revolution in the United States Major League Soccer.

He ultimately left it all to enter the seminary to become a Catholic priest and was ordained for Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky on May 24th 2014. After ordination Father served as the Parochial Vicar in Moline and Silvis, Illinois as well as a chaplain at Alleman High School in Rock Island. In 2016 Father Chase became the Assistant Chaplain at the St. John Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, the nation’s largest Newman Center. Father now mentors the Newman Hall resident advisor team and serves as the spiritual leader for the Koinionia and freshman retreat programs.  He also helps to lead and mentor the student athletes participating in the Catholic Illini Athletic Intramural teams.

While his life has been filled with many incredible experiences as a professional athlete there has been nothing in his life that has been as rewarding as serving our Lord and His people as a Roman Catholic Priest.

Elizabeth Ficocelli Photo

Beth Davis is the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. In this role she writes curriculum and directs retreats, provides support to parishes and small groups, and develops community from the ground up. She served as a youth minister for eleven years in Flagstaff after earning her degree in Special Education from Western New Mexico University. She is passionate about teaching women how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts. Find out more about Beth and Blessed is She here: blessedisshe.net

Dr. Scott Powell is a teacher, theologian, author, and the director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder. Scott has spent the last decade speaking and teaching theology and the Scriptures to groups of all ages. He and his wife Annie are the founders of Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic adventure program for youth based in the Colorado Rockies. Scott also co-hosts and produces the popular Catholic podcast, “The Word on the Hill with the Lanky Guys,” and he has appeared in numerous Augustine Institute Studio productions, including Symbolon, Beloved, Reborn, YDisciple and the Opening the Word series. He has been featured on EWTN, Catholic Answers Live and numerous other Catholic outlets. He holds a PhD in Catholic studies from Maryvale Institute/Liverpool Hope University in England. Scott, his wife Annie and their three children — Lily Avila, Samuel Isaac and Evelyn Luca — live near Boulder, Colorado.

Allison Gingras is the founder of Reconciled To You where she blogs, shares and speaks about the Catholic faith in our everyday life and the many opportunities life presents to discover the grace of God!  She shares these with great enthusiasm, passion and a sense of humor.  Allison is a WINE Specialist overseeing and facilitating social media for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.

Fr. Thomas P. Quinn is from Montclair, New Jersey, where he grew up with his four younger sisters. From a young age he was heavily involved at his home parish, most especially in assisting the priests as an altar boy. After graduating from Catholic grammar and high schools, Fr. Tom began university studies in history at Caldwell University, a local Dominican college, where he worked for the theology department and also became involved in the college’s music program. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Fr. Tom began historical studies on the graduate level at the Newark campus of Rutgers University, concentrating on European History as well as the history of technology, the environment, and medicine. 

Whilst undertaking graduate studies, and experiencing a deeper conversion to the Lord, childhood desires for the priesthood returned, and he entered Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, the local major seminary for the Archdiocese of Newark. Fr. Tom was ordained in 2015 and currently serves as a parochial vicar at Saint Michael’s Parish in Cranford, NJ, where he leads the RCIA program, an apostolate for young families, young adult activities, and adult spiritual formation.

“This retreat made my Lent more meaningful and has brought me to a better spiritual life!”

Jeanne

“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 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.

Here’s What You Get When You Register:

Speakers

Video Presentations with Transcripts

Reflective Study Guides

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.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said that Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can, “turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One.”

He said, “It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.”

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

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on prayer, the season of Lent, and lessons from the saints.

That’s about two to three 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 almost all of the presentations.

You can participate at your own pace. Some of the talks are 10 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.

Once you register, we will send all the presentations to your email for you to enjoy :) 

Saint Padre Pio said that prayer, “is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”

We hope the Pray More Lenten Retreat will help you to spend more time in reflection & prayer this Lent, growing ever closer to our Lord!

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.

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!

— What would the Saints say about this? — 

“Overcome any sluggishness you may feel, and the false excuse that prayer can wait for later. Let us never put off this vital source of grace until tomorrow. Now is the right time.”

— St. Josemaria Escriva

“Lent is about a relationship, the most important one, with God and our neighbor.”

— Fr. John Lombardi

“Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…”

— Pope Benedict XVI

“‘Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”

— Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

TOPICS

A lent well spent

A Lent Well Spent

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Redemptive Suffering

Redemptive Suffering

by Mary Lenaburg

Death is Not the End

Death is Not the End

by Mary Lenaburg

Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone: Miracles of the Church

Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone: Miracles of the Church

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

God Makes All Things New

God Makes All Things New

by Mary Lenaburg

Radical Love: Mother Teresa

Radical Love: Mother Teresa

by Mary Lenaburg

The Joy of Reconciliation

The Joy of Reconciliation

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Mama Mary with a Side of Grace

Mama Mary with a Side of Grace

by Fr. Ethan Moore

To Pray Like a Child

To Pray Like a Child

by Fr. Ethan Moore

Choose Joy

Choose Joy

by Mary Lenaburg

Engaging a Season of Struggle with a Spirit of Joy

Engaging a Season of Struggle with a Spirit of Joy

by Fr. Ethan Moore

Sacrifices and Silliness: a Way to have Both

Sacrifice and Silliness: a Way to have Both

by Fr. Ethan Moore

Why Join the Pray More Lenten Retreat?

Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him.

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

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

Learn to love the sacraments and live a life inspired by the saints. Renew your hope as you wait for God’s answers to your prayers.

SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Ficocelli Photo

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

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.

Fr. Ethan Moore is currently the parochial vicar at St. Peters in Huber Heights,  OH along with the parishes of Old North Dayton. As a newly ordained priest some of his adventures have included a midnight Mass for New Years, the initial phase of forming a Catholic Biker Gang, and the wilds of everyday parish life. Fr. Ethan is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but hails McCartyville, Ohio as home.

 

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 Lent Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pray More Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you deepen your prayer life

for a fruitful, prayerful and holy Lent

Here’s What You Get When You Register:

Special Novena to St. Teresa of Avila, the Pray More Retreat's Patron Saint

Speakers

Video Presentations with Transcripts

Reflective Study Guides

Welcome to the Pray More Retreat!

We invite you to join us this Lent to improve your prayer life with a self-paced, online retreat!

Lent offers us an opportunity to intensify our prayers — to pray more, and to pray better.

We want to help you do that! That’s why we’ve created the Pray More Retreat.

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on prayer. 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 the presentation. You can participate at your own pace.

You will also receive a special exclusive Novena to St. Teresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church for her writing & teaching on prayer. She’s also the patron saint of the Pray More Retreat! :)

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

Once you register, we will send you all the presentations through your email for you to enjoy :)

Communication is key in every relationship, and that’s why regular prayer — praying more — is a must if we hope to have an intimate relationship with Christ.

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie
PrayMoreNovenas.com

— Why join the Pray More Retreat? — 

Learn to be intentional and attentive in prayer.

Become more mindful of God’s faithfulness and have greater hope in His plan.

Grow closer to Christ as you learn how to become more dedicated to prayer, and how to have a better conversation with our Lord. 

Understand God’s mercy in a deeper way, and learn how to seek it.

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

Restore your soul by giving up sins and returning to God.

Countdown Until The Pray More Retreat is Available!

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— What would the Saints say about this? — 

“In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray… There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer.”

— St. Faustina

“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.”

— Saint Ephraem of Syria

“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success . . . but on Jesus alone.”

— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

“Prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trail as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.”

— St.Therese of Lisieux

“Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.”

— St. John Chrysostom

“We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: “I will pray, and then I will understand.”  This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.”

— Saint Charles Borromeo

“You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.”

— St. Teresa of Avila

“We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel.”

— St. Ignatius of Loyola

“Have confidence in prayer. It is the unfailing power which God has given us. By means of it you will obtain the salvation of the dear souls whom God has given you and all your loved ones.” Ask and you shall receive,” Our Lord said. Be yourself with the good Lord.”

— Saint Peter Julian Eymard

TOPICS

How to Hear the Voice of God

How to Hear the Voice of God

by Father Anthony Co

Four Saints That Will Change Your Life

Four Saints That Will Change Your Life

by Tom Perna

Three Steps to Turn Suffering into Prayer

Three Steps to Turn Suffering into Prayer

by Katie Warner

Seeking God's Mercy Through Psalm 51

Seeking God’s Mercy Through Psalm 51

by Kim Padan

The Importance of the Scriptures Through the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini

The Importance of the Scriptures Through the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini

by Tom Perna

The Lives of the Saints - Our Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ

The Lives of the Saints — Our Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ

by Tom Perna

A Few Things to Know About Dedication to Prayer

A Few Things to Know About Dedication to Prayer

by Katie Warner

St Teresa of Avilas Prayer Philosophy

St. Teresa of Avila’s Prayer Philosophy

by Katie Warner

Amp Up Your Prayer Life with these Resources

Amp Up Your Prayer Life with These Resources

by Katie Warner

Prayer: Just keep fighting the Battle

Prayer: Just Keep Fighting the Battle

by Katie Warner

How to Pray With Other People

How to Pray With Other People

by Father Anthony Co

Sharing God's Graces: Christian Friendship

Sharing God’s Graces: Christian Friendship

by Father Anthony Co

How to Pray with the Psalms

How to Pray with the Psalms

by Kim Padan

Intentional Intercessory Prayer

Intentional Intercessory Prayer 

by Kim Padan

The Fundamental First and Last Minute

The Fundamental First (and Last) Minute

by Katie Warner

Starting a Conversation with God & Responding to His Word

Starting a Conversation with God & Responding to His Word

by Kim Padan

Why Join the Pray More Retreat?

Learn to be intentional and attentive in prayer.

Learn how to become more dedicated to prayer, and how to have a better conversation with our Lord.

Deepen your faith from the comfort of your own home.

Restore your soul and become more committed to the Gospel.

Become more mindful of God’s faithfulness, and have greater hope in His will in your life.

Understand & experience God’s mercy in a deeper way, and learn how to seek it.

SPEAKERS

Katie (Peterson) Warner of CatholicKatie.com is a wife, stay-at-home mom, author and speaker who helps family men and women learn the practical strategies and resources they need to take small steps toward becoming leaders at living more spiritual and meaningful lives, together with their families. Katie is the author of Head & Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family (Emmaus Road Publishing), a correspondent for the National Catholic Register, and a contributing writer for the IntegratedCatholicLife.org. She has presented in venues like the National Catholic Bible Conference, the Catholic Family Conference, numerous Legatus chapters, the Eucharistic Congress of Atlanta, the Augustine Institute’s acclaimed Symbolon and Opening the Word programs, and on EWTN radio and EWTN television. Katie is the part-time Manager of Communication and Evangelization for Catholics Come Home. Katie and her husband, Raymond, have two children, and her favorite ministry work is family life. You connect with Katie on Facebook, Twitter, and through her website at CatholicKatie.com.

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Tom Perna is the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, Arizona, where he oversees RCIA, Adult Confirmation, the faith formation ministries, and the Porta Fidei Adult Faith Formation Program. In addition to his work at the parish, Tom spends time writing on his blog – TomPerna.org. He is the author of Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary(Emmaus Road Publishing). Tom holds a Masters in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco, which includes a Great Books Certificate from the St. Ignatius Institute.

Kim Padan grew up in a small town in northern Illinois with her parents, 2 older brothers, and 1 younger sister. Life was pretty “normal” with school and church activities. Part of that “normal” life was growing up with Dejerine-Sottas, a progressive neuro-muscular disorder that impacted her muscle strength and balance. Despite various challenges, Kim always had a sense of her real dignity as a unique person in the eyes of God. Kim’s parents expected much of her, just like her siblings, and always shared their love for her. That foundation of faith and family helped Kim grow into adulthood to have a family of her own. In 1993, she married Bruce, and in 1994 she conceived her only biological child. A routine ultrasound at 14 weeks detected serious anomalies, and Kim was advised to abort. Knowing that all life is precious in the eyes of God, including people with disabilities, Kim & Bruce rejected abortion. The months that followed were filled with brief moments of joy and many tears. Despite the tears, Kim’s testimony is filled with hope and peace as she shares how she learned to cling to Christ in all things.

After her experiences, Kim felt compelled to get involved in the pro-life movement. She joined the Board of Directors at HELP Ministries, INC (now doing business as Women’s Care Clinic) and after 7 years on the board became Executive Director. Under her 11 year leadership, the ministry grew and added services, including ultrasound, allowing the ministry team to save more babies. Now, God has called Kim out to a broader audience to speak about the blessings He has in store for each of us when we step out of our own plans and into His! Kim currently serves as the Chair of Evangelization for the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and has been published in the diocesan paper on both pro-life and evangelization themes. When Kim is not speaking or writing about faith (http://gabrielsmom.com), she enjoys singing in the church choir, rubber stamping greeting cards, reading, and watching classic movies with Bruce. She also recently made her temporary profession as a Lay Dominic.

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.

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.