2018 Healing Retreat

The Pray More Healing Retreat

Inspiring talks about the healing Jesus offers you, how to pursue healing and how to move forward from your pain into a place of peace.

Here’s a preview of the retreat! 

Here’s What You Get When You Register:

6 Speakers
20 Reflective Study Guides
20 Video & Audio Presentations

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

What to do when God is Silent

What to Do When God is Silent

by Tim Glemkowski

The Power of Hope & Prayer in Dark Times

The Power of Hope & Prayer in Dark Times

by Amy Thomas

Moving from Fear to Faith Part I

Moving from Fear to Faith, Part I

by Gary Zimak

Our mission and the fruit of our suffering

Our Mission and the Fruit of Our Suffering

by Tim Glemkowski

Moving from Fear to Faith II

Moving from Fear to Faith, Part II

by Gary Zimak

 

Healing from wounds caused by Others

Healing from Wounds Caused by Others

by Amy Thomas

Moving from fear to faith part III

Moving from Fear to Faith, Part III

By Gary Zimak

The Longest Hour: The Story of My Son, and Soon to be saint and miracle part I

The Longest Hour: The Story of My Son, a Soon-to-be Saint, and a Miracle, Part I

by Bonnie Engstrom

Consoling Jesus' Heart and Growing Closer to Him

Consoling Jesus’ Heart and Growing Closer to Him

by Tim Glemkowski

The Longest Hour: The Story of My Son, and Soon to be saint and miracle part II

The Longest Hour: The Story of My Son, a Soon-to-be Saint, and a Miracle, Part II

by Bonnie Engstrom

Healing the Father Wound Part I

Healing the Father Wound, Part I

by Maura Preszler

The Longest Hour: The Story of My Son, and Soon to be saint and miracle part III

The Longest Hour: The Story of My Son, a Soon-to-be Saint, and a Miracle, Part III

by Bonnie Engstrom

Healing the Father wound part II

Healing the Father Wound, Part II

by Maura Preszler

Letting God Make the Most of a Broken Past, Part I

Letting God Make the Most of a Broken Past, Part I

by Mario St. Francis Herrera

Healing the Father Wound, Part III

Healing the Father Wound, Part III

by Maura Preszler

Letting God Make the Most of a Broken Past, Part II

Letting God Make the Most of a Broken Past, Part II

by Mario St. Francis Herrera 

How You May Be Preventing Your Healing & How to Move Forward

How You May Be Preventing Your Healing & How to Move Forward

by Amy Thomas

Letting Go of a Broken Past Part III

Letting God Make the Most of a Broken Past, III

by Mario St. Francis Herrera 

When God asks us to be Little: The little way

When God Asks Us to Be Little: The Little Way

by Tim Glemkowski

Letting God Make the most of a Broken Past Part IV

Letting God Make the Most of a Broken Past, Part IV

by Mario St. Francis Herrera

Maura Preszler

Tim Glemkowski

Amy Thomas

Gary Zimak

Bonnie Engstrom

Mario St. Francis Herrera B.A., M.T.P.T 

+ Full Bio’s Below +

 

— Why join the Pray More Healing Retreat? — 

 

Hear inspiring testimonies about God’s presence throughout even the darkest of times. 

Learn how to move forward from your pain into a place of peace, and from your fear into a place of faith.

Receive guidance and practical advice about how to move on from your pain.

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

Learn more about who God is as our Father and about how you can grow closer to Him through your cross.

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 Healing Retreat!

We invite you to join us for the next few weeks to reflect on God’s faithful love and presence in your life, and learn how to move from a place of pain and fear to a place of peace and faith.

St. John Paul II said that suffering is almost inseparable from man’s earthly existence. At times, suffering can lead you closer to Christ. And at other times, it can seem to lead you further away from Him. We created this retreat to help steer you closer back to Him, who is the divine healer.

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on healing. Some of them are about healing from specific problems – things like anxiety and worry, addiction, abuse, miscarriage and divorce. Some are about healing the wounds of our heart, and learning our worth and dignity. Others are about God’s faithfulness in the darkest of times. Lastly, we also have a few talks about what to do when you don’t receive the healing you’ve been praying for and working towards.

You can participate in this retreat at your own pace. Some of the talks are 10 minutes long, and others 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 Healing Retreat will bring you closer to God’s healing love — 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 Healing Retreat?

Hear inspiring testimonies about God’s presence throughout even the darkest of times.

Receive guidance and practical advice about how to move on from your pain.

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

Reflect on God’s mercy and immeasurable love for you. He is always with you.

SPEAKERS

Gary Zimak is the author of several books, including A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, From Fear To Faith and Stop Worrying & Start Living. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition, Gary is the creator and host of Spirit In The Morning on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia, a regular guest on EWTN TV and Radio and the Director of Parish Services for Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church in North Wales, PA. Gary also writes for The National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest and Catholic Exchange. He resides in South Jersey with his wife Eileen and daughters Mary and Elizabeth. You can follow him online at FollowingTheTruth.com.

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Maura Preszler was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where she graduated college from Seton Hall University. After college, she moved to Nashville, TN where she worked as a baker and pastry chef. In September 2011 God etched in her heart the desire to launch a ministry for women recovering from eating disorders and abuse inspired from her own story. She left her job and founded Made in His Image.

Maura has an immense yearning to inspire others to choose to see beauty in their suffering and in the ambiguity of life. It is her desire to use her story to foster hope and healing in the lives of all she encounters. Maura is dedicated to breaking the stigma associated with therapy and educating women about their inherent dignity, beauty, and the love that God has for them as Father. Maura is a former Division 1 runner and soccer player. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband Michael, and two sons, Pio and Noah.

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.

Bonnie Engstrom is a writer, baker, speaker, and homemaker. She, her husband, and six children live in central Illinois, and her son’s alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Venerable Fulton Sheen was submitted to the Vatican for Sheen’s beatification. Bonnie enjoys chai tea, baking, and putzing about her yard. She blogs at A Knotted Life and you can find her on Instagram at @BonnieEngstrom.

Mario St. Francis Herrera B.A., M.T.P.T. is a husband, father,  speaker, model, actor, producer and is currently becoming a certified personal development facilitator and trainer, and he’s based out of the Washington DC area. Since experiencing a radical call to conversion at the age of 24, Mario has been a highly sought-after Catholic Speaker around the world most known for his conversion story from a “Hollywood to Holy-wood”. A young man without faith turned overnight into a passionate Eucharist-loving daily Mass-attending proud Roman Catholic Christian. After experiencing  his first World Youth Day in Toronto, 2002, he attended Franciscan University of Steubenville studying Catechetics, Philosophy, Theology and TV/Film. While there he was offered the opportunity to work for the manager of the most notable Catholic actor in Hollywood Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ). Leaving Steubenville, he spent a decade  working as a producer of Catholic media projects and speaking as a missionary on every continent, mostly to youth and young adults.

In 2012 he left his final long term Mission in India and settled back in the US. He  finished his undergraduate in Texas, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Mexican American Catholic College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. While in Texas, he met his wife and they have two beautiful young children and look forward to growing that family.

Amy Thomas hails from the great state of Kansas, though she’s lived the last 16 years away from the “Land of Oz” traveling the country with her Air Force Airman. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2001 and married her love, Dustin, that same year. She has three amazing kiddos–two daughters and a son. Amy runs the website Catholic Pilgrim and loves to write about the incredible journey of living a genuine, authentic Catholic life.

“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.

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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 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

Waiting Well: Making the Most of Advent

by Johnnette Benkovic

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

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?

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

Isaiah 9:6: The Titles of Jesus

by Mary Lenaburg

Mary's Fiat: Saying Yes to God

Mary’s Fiat: Saying Yes to God

by Mary Lenaburg

 

Back to Basics Part I

Back to the Basics, Part I

by Jon Leonetti

Having Great Hope in God's Plan

Having Great Hope in God’s Plan

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Back to the Basics Part II

Back to the Basics, Part II

by Jon Leonetti

Pray Hope and Don't Worry

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry

by Mary Lenaburg

Back to the Basics Part III

Back to the Basics, Part III

by Jon Leonetti

An Introduction to Our Need of Forgiveness

An Introduction to Our Need of Forgiveness

by Johnnette Benkovic

The Stages of Giving & Receiving Forgiveness

The Stages of Giving & Receiving Forgiveness

by Johnnette Benkovic

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Featuring All of the Pray More Retreat Speakers

Study Guides to Accompany Each Talk

+ 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.

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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.

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

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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 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

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

Six Ways to Keep Your Advent Season Holy Part I

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

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

St. John Paul II and the Holy Eucharist

by Constance Hull

What the 'Our Father' Teaches Us About Prayer

What the ‘Our Father’ Teaches Us About Prayer

by Stephen Beale

St. Therese Teaches Us to Live Simply in Great Love

St. Therese Teaches Us to Live Simply in Great Love

by Constance Hull

Jesus and the Call of Discipleship

Jesus and the Call of Discipleship

by Scott Powell

Why We Celebrate So Many Martyrs at Christmas

Why We Celebrate So Many Martyrs at Christmas

by Stephen Beale

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

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

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

by Scott Powell

Isaiah, the Prophet of Christmas

Isaiah, the Prophet of Christmas

by Stephen Beale

Keeping it Real During Advent

Keeping it Real During Advent

by Sarah Reinhard

Exclamatory Prayer

Exclamatory Prayer

by Stephen Beale

Tuning in to the Thought Frequency of God

Tuning in to the Thought Frequency of God

by Fr. Anthony Co

Destined for Love

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.

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.

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