This year’s Women of Grace® Retreat, which will be held from July 17-19 on the historic 120-acre campus of Orchard Lake Schools in Orchard Lake, Michigan, is the ideal setting for an encounter with the Architect of your life.
Entitled, “My Grace is Sufficient for You: Woman and God’s Divine Plan,” this retreat will feature Johnnette Benkovic, Fr. Philip Scott, FJ and Dr. Monica Miller in an intensive three-day immersion in what it means to be a daughter of God, and how to live out that call in this our day and time. These restful grounds, which were so dear to the heart of St. John Paul II, are the perfect place to escape the world and acquire the spiritual and emotional nourishment you need in order to empower you to engage in the unique cultural battles of our time.
“The Women of Grace Retreat always awakens what has been hiding inside of me,” says Mary Dillenback of Fishers Landing, New York. “I leave with renewed courage and joy – grateful to know I am a daughter of the Most High God and that much closer to who God needs me to be!” The retreat will be preceded by the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women onJuly 16 – 17. Johnnette and Dr. Miller will discuss, “The Authority of Woman: Her Influence, Effect, and Power.”
“Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.” - Saint Lucy
We invite you to participate in our #50ShadesofGrace Novena to pray against the potentially devastating impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. This prayer campaign will begin on February 6th and end on February 14th, the Feast of St. Valentine, coinciding with World Marriage Day.To join this effort, just pick up your rosary beads and fervently pray the rosary every day for the intention of helping people embrace the gift of true intimacy versus the perversion of it that is so rampant in our culture today.Here are some helpful links to aid you in your participation in this Novena along with some other resources to work against the impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie.
Join our St. Valentine Novena of Masses for Marriage.
Click here to learn how to pray the rosary via EWTN.
Support “Old Fashioned,” an alternative movie that upholds virtue and God-honoring courtship, also opening on St. Valentine’s Day.
Say “no” to porn by joining the “50 Shades Boycott” here.
Help someone who is struggling with pornography by sharing this book.
Please be sure to share this information as widely as possible via Facebook, Twitter, and every means of media using the hashtag #50ShadesofGrace so that we can create a tidal wave of grace upon our land.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
In 1995, I was nearing graduation as a student at the Franciscan University with a degree in theology when I learned about the tragic impact of the radical feminist movement in Beijing, China. My father was a lobbyist at the UN conference on Women in Beijing and I remember sitting on the floor of my dorm room as he told me with great concern about their move to redefine gender. I knew this was wrong, very wrong, and I wanted to find out more about what the Church, in her wisdom, had taught about authentic femininity.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Theresa Wilfert, Vickie Adams, Regional Coordinator Brenda Dooley, Facilitator Karen Brown, and Pam Billiot
Karen Brown has been Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) retreat devotee for 20 years. Karen answered the “call” to become a Women of Grace Facilitator at the 2014 CCRNO Retreat. She recalls, “I desired to do more to share what I had experienced in my life through the Holy Spirit.” Karen’s desire and her heartfelt “yes” has certainly born the fruit of that response. The Women of Grace in attendance at this year’s CCRNO Retreat definitely agree as do all the participants from St. John’s Parish. We are grateful for the faith-filled support and encouragement of Father Robert Cavalier, Pastor of St. John the Baptist’s Parish whose support is indispensable! Read the rest…
Johnnette Benkovic with Regional Coordinator, Monique Risso
In the April of 2014, Johnnette was invited by an eager group of women who wanted to bring the transforming message of authentic femininity to “the Rock” of Gibraltar. Monique Risso graciously gave her “YES” to becoming our local Regional Coordinator. Already she and her team have brought the program to several parishes, leading many women to embrace their mission as Catholic women. They even helped to launch Women of Grace in Spain! Read the rest…
My name is Diana Salsman and when I became the Women of Grace Regional Coordinator for Texas, I was humbled and yet eager to help all women in Texas discern the specific mission entrusted to them by Our Loving Father. As I meet many of the women during their time of learning, as well as at their Going Forth Celebrations, I am edified at the beautiful ways Our Lady and her spouse, the Holy Spirit, guide them. I recently attended a Spanish Women of Grace Going Forth ceremony. I was blessed to be among such beautiful Women of Grace, and witness deep transformations and conversions of faith. I wish to now introduce you to a couple of these women as they share their personal stories of transformation through the Women of Grace study program. Read the rest…
……the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Women of Grace Christmas Caroling with the home-bound.
Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette launched its Women of Grace study program during Lent of 2014. The fruit of the Lenten program and the newly added Advent program has borne an evangelical sisterhood of 175 women. Through this sisterhood, the parish family is reaping the fruits of what these women have received through their “Women of Grace” study experience. Read the rest…
This week we will be celebrating the #WeekofGrace. It is a week to highlight the ways that women of grace are transforming lives around the world. We will feature testimonials that have been submitted on our website and via the radio program. Johnnette will be interviewing several individuals who will share their stories of hope and transformation. Read the rest…
This morning I received the following email request from Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s community, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. They have asked for special prayers, through the intercession of Venerable Solanus Casey, for his recovery and healing. I hope that you will join me in praying.