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Bloom Who You Are: Lights Shining in the Darkness - A Healing Retreat, Oldsmar, FL

Women of Grace® and FIAT Present:
Bloom Who You Are: Lights Shining in the Darkness
A Healing Retreat
January 19 - 20, 2019
Tampa/Oldsmar, Florida

The program includes: mass, adoration, confession, talks, reflection time, a healing service, and individual ministry by prayer teams.

The Retreat will begin with Mass at 9:00 AM ET Saturday and conclude by 8 PM ET with a healing prayer service. Sunday begins at 9:00 AM ET and will conclude by noon with a closing Mass. Cost is $135 and includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, January 19th.

Rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites are being held in name of "Bloom Who You Are Retreat" at the rate of $139/night for a room with two queen beds (includes breakfast). Reservations can be made at 813-818-7202. Deadline for rooms is January 3, 2019

SMILE Training Track, January 18, 2019, 1PM – 4PM ET
The Church needs the gift and charism of spiritual motherhood more than ever. We provide receptivity, encouragement and healing to those feeling lost or confused. We can storm the heavens in support of those who are hurting. Learn how to bring the gift of your spiritual maternity into your spheres of influence through evangelization, healing and encouragement during this half day workshop. Cost is $30 and no meals are included.

Registration: Register at link above or call 1-800-558-5452. Space is limited. Deadline is Monday, January 14th.

ALL EVENTS IN MAIN MEETING ROOM
( Schedule subject to change)

SATURDAY
9am Opening Session with Introduction of Theme and Speakers-Carol Marqiardt
9:30 Prayer and Praise beginning with a brief explanation of praise, encouraging it by Susan Potvin, leader of Living Praise music group.
10 am Johnette Benkovic Williams-Do Whatever He Tells You and your Light Will Shine Forth.
11 AM Speakers ministering to the retreatants-Come Holy Spirit that we might reflect the light of Jesus and do what he tells us. Group Prayer.
12 noon Lunch
1 pm Rosary
1:30 Prayer and Praise
2 pm Judy Klein-The Light Shines Forth in our Difficulties and Sufferings
3 pm Break
3:15 Sister Agnes Therese, TOR and Sister Rita Clare, TOR – Short testimonies-Called to be light in the darkness through religious life-
3:45 Carol Marquardt-Meditation on God speaking to us – Hart Ministry art cards
5 Dinner
6:30 Mass followed by healing prayer - Celebrant-Fr Richard McAlear

SUNDAY
9am Prayer and Praise
9:30 Judy Klein-Mt.5:16 “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father”
10am Johnette Benkovic Williams-Mt. 10:27 “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered , proclaim on the housetops!”
10:30 Break
10:45 Concluding Remarks-Carol Marquardt
Mass with anointing for bringing Jesus’ light into the darkness.



EVENT DATE/TIME(S)

EVENT INFORMATION

COST:$135

LOCATION:
Hampton Inn and Suites
4017 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677

CONTACT INFORMATION

Register for the retreat at womenofgrace.com or call 1-800-558-5452

For Hotel reservations call the Hampton Inn at 813-818-7202

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Bloom Who You Are: Lights Shining in the Darkness - A Healing Retreat, Oldsmar, FL

Event Speakers

  • Father Richard McAlear OMIFather Richard McAlear OMI
  • Father Richard McAlear OMIFather Richard McAlear OMI
  • Father Richard McAlear OMIFather Richard McAlear OMI
  • Father Richard McAlear OMIFather Richard McAlear OMI
  • Father Richard McAlear OMIFather Richard McAlear OMI
  • Father Richard McAlear OMIFather Richard McAlear OMI

Father Richard McAlear OMI

Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI is well know for his gift of healing and has been offering hope, healing, love and peace to tens of thousands of people around the world.  He is a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and his goal is to bring us all closer to Jesus and His merciful, loving touch.

  • Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams
  • Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams
  • Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams
  • Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams
  • Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams
  • Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams

Johnnette Benkovic Williams

Johnnette Benkovic Williams is Founder and President of Women of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more.

After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on EWTN Catholic radio and EWTN Catholic television for over 30 years.

  • Judy Landrieu KleinJudy Landrieu Klein
  • Judy Landrieu KleinJudy Landrieu Klein
  • Judy Landrieu KleinJudy Landrieu Klein
  • Judy Landrieu KleinJudy Landrieu Klein
  • Judy Landrieu KleinJudy Landrieu Klein
  • Judy Landrieu KleinJudy Landrieu Klein

Judy Landrieu Klein

Judy Landrieu Klein is a mother, grandmother, author, Catholic theologian, inspirational speaker, widow...and newlywed!  She speaks about the power of a mother's prayers, Mary's motherly intercession and cultivating hope in our brokenness.

  • Carol MarquardtCarol Marquardt
  • Carol MarquardtCarol Marquardt
  • Carol MarquardtCarol Marquardt
  • Carol MarquardtCarol Marquardt
  • Carol MarquardtCarol Marquardt
  • Carol MarquardtCarol Marquardt

Carol Marquardt

Carol Marquardt has worked for many years in lay ministry in the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. Before beginning the development of the Our Fiat materials and Mantle of Mary Association, she served as adult education director, catechumenate director, retreat house director, and charismatic prayer group leader. Along with these positions, she has worked in inner healing ministry and spiritual direction. She has also lead pilgrimages to Marian shrines such as Medjugorje, Lourdes, and Guadalupe, as well as Rome and Assisi. She has participated in evangelization missions to Eastern Europe with Renewal Ministries from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.

Formerly a nationally ranked tennis player, Carol converted to Catholicism in 1966 after marriage to her husband Mark. She has two married sons and eight grandchildren. She attributes her interest in spirituality to an experience of the presence of Jesus in 1971, which she saw as a call to follow Him and serve Him. Shortly after, she experienced the charismatic anointing of the Holy Spirit. Ever since, her interest and focus has been the spirituality of the lay apostle in the modern world.
A graduate of Duke University, Carol holds Masters Degrees in Education from the University of Illinois and in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. She also received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico.


  • Susan PotvinSusan Potvin
  • Susan PotvinSusan Potvin
  • Susan PotvinSusan Potvin
  • Susan PotvinSusan Potvin
  • Susan PotvinSusan Potvin
  • Susan PotvinSusan Potvin

Susan Potvin

Susan Potvin, worship leader of Living Praise Worship Team, has led and directed music ministry groups for over 30 years. As a conference and retreat speaker, she has a passion to encourage others toward a deep and personal relationship with the Lord.  Susan and her worship team have produced six worship CDs which are designed to encourage sustained worship and to lead worshipers into the heavenly throne room.  Susan is an advisor to Magnificat – A Ministry to Catholic Women and serves as their chairperson for Praise and Worship.  She travels nationally and internationally to lead worship and provide worship workshops for leaders in the church worldwide.  Susan also partners with Women of Grace providing worship for their regional and national retreats.  Married for 34 years with 4 children and one grandchild, Susan also enjoys working as a school counselor at a K-12 Christian school.

  • Denise DolffDenise Dolff
  • Denise DolffDenise Dolff
  • Denise DolffDenise Dolff
  • Denise DolffDenise Dolff
  • Denise DolffDenise Dolff
  • Denise DolffDenise Dolff

Denise Dolff

Denise Dolff is a retired Psychotherapist who combined Christian healing prayer with clinical skills, private practice counselling and psychotherapy working with severely traumatized and abused individuals. Requested locally for expert assessment of Child and Custody issues in separation and divorce, and accomplished in Mediation. She continues to do workshops and teaching in areas of forgiveness, intergenerational healing and mental health issues. Qualified teacher for Christian Listening, USA and Canada. Currently President of ACTheals (www.actheals.org)

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