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"At the Foot of the Cross: God's Infinite Mercy" Women of Grace Retreat, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Women of Grace Retreat
Malvern Retreat House
Malvern, Pennsylvania
At the Foot of the Cross: God's Infinite Mercy
"...by His stripes, we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

Our culture and our world are in the throes of spiritual warfare and daily we battle to keep sacred our bodies, our marriages, our families, our homes, our place of worship, and OUR FAITH. Often we find ourselves at the foot of the cross, uniting our sufferings to Jesus, THE Sufferer. Through prayer and the sacraments, God’s grace and mercy are available to us! He has provided for us all that we need to be healed, to pick up our cross, to follow Him, and to bring His mercy to others. Join us for what is sure to be a profound retreat as we learn to stand at the foot of the cross of Christ, turn to Mary, our Mother, for her intercession, and transform our world through God's Infinite Mercy!

Presenters Include:
Johnnette Benkovic Williams
Father Nathan Cromly
Thomas K. Sullivan
Jack Williams
Dr. Carrie Gress

2019 Women of Grace Retreat Schedule (tentative)

3:00 PM Registration 

4:45 PM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Homily One - ‘Fiat:’ Selfless Surrender
Father Nathan Cromly

6:00 PM DINNER - Welcome - Introduction

7:00 PM Praise and Worship, Women at the Well

7:15 PM Talk One - At the Foot of the Cross: Do Whatever He Tells You
Johnnette B. Williams

8:30 PM Concert with Women at the Well
Fellowship in Lower McShain - Nocturnal Adoration in Chapels 


8:00 AM   Breakfast - Announcements

8:30 AM Praise and Worship, Women at the Well

9:00 AM   Talk Two - Part One - Battle Against the Woman: The Anti-Mary
Dr. Carrie Gress

9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM   Talk Two - Part Two - Triumph of Woman: The Marian Option
Dr. Carrie Gress

10:45 AM Announcements
Praise and Worship, Women at the Well

11:00 AM   Confession - Prayer - Reflection - Fellowship in Lower McShain
(Note: Confessions will be available beginning at 10:30 AM – Locations TBD)

12:00 PM LUNCH

12:50 PM Praise and Worship, Women at the Well

1:00 PM Talk Four - At the Foot of the Cross with a Little Boy and His Mother Thomas K. Sullivan

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Talk Five - God’s Infinite Mercy: Victory Comes
Jack Williams 

3:15 PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:30 PM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Homily Two - At the Foot of the Cross:
Have No Fear
Father Nathan Cromly
Benedicta Institute Graduation Ceremony

5:15 PM Facilitator Information Session
Prayer – Reflection – Fellowship


7:10 PM   Praise and Worship, Women at the Well

7:30 PM Talk Six - Entrust Your Cross to Mary and the Holy Spirit: Lay Your Burden Down
Father Nathan Cromly

8:30 PM Healing Service

10:00 PM Social in Lower McShain - Nocturnal Adoration


8:00 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Praise and Worship, Women at the Well

9:00 AM Talk Seven - God’s Infinite Mercy: God’s Plan Never Fails
Johnnette B. Williams

10:15 AM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Homily Three - Through the Power of the Cross, Carry Out Your Mission
Celebrant, Father Nathan Cromly

Preceded by the Benedicta Leadership Enrichment Seminar

Also available for girls age 13: "Dare to Prepare for True Friendship" Young Women of Grace Retreat Day


Event Date/Time(s)

START: Friday, July 12 at 12:00 AM US/Eastern
END: Sunday, July 14 at 12:00 AM US/Eastern

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COST: $270 includes two nights and five meals
Malvern Retreat House

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More information to come...

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Event Speakers

  • 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.
  • Father Nathan Cromly

    Father Nathan Cromly is an informative and engaging speaker, writer, retreat leader, explorer, innovator, educator, and fire-starter for the Lord. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, he has joyfully served as a Catholic priest of the Brothers of Saint John for 11 years, and currently ministers in Denver, Colorado. Father Nathan’s spiritual direction, teaching, and dynamic witness have touched the lives of tens of thousands of children, teenagers, married couples, business professionals, and families.

    Father Nathan’s ministry has flourished by God’s grace. He began Eagle Eye Ministries in 2003; it is now home to six forms of outreach to teens and young adults. In 2015, he opened the Saint John Institute (SJI) —a unique program in which young adults earn an accredited Masters degree while receiving spiritual formation from the Brothers of Saint John. In the Spring of 2018, SJI celebrated its first graduating class, sending its graduates to work for the Lord in the for-profit world. Inspiring and

    equipping great talent for the Lord’s harvest, Eagle Eye Ministries and the Saint John Institute serve to raise up the spirit of the new evangelization in young people and send missionary entrepreneurs into the Church. Besides leading international backpacking trips and making documentaries, in his free time, Father has edited Totus Tuus, a preparation for Total Consecration to Mary, and launched a weekly podcast titled Dare Great Things for Christ.

    To bring the Gospel message to the greatest number, Father has given his ministry a media outreach. He has appeared multiple times on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Father Mitch Live, and Women of Grace. He has co-produced, with EWTN, 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 Show, Good Things Radio, and many more.

    This ministry, carried by his passionate concern for forming and sending prayerful Catholic leaders into the world, has blossomed into the Faith and Leadership Consortium. Through formation and fellowship and prayer, leaders in business and in culture can find the help they need to dare great things for Christ. 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 Christ’s people so long as God gives him the opportunity.

  • Dr. Carrie Gress

    Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the editor at Helena Daily, a faculty member at Pontifex University and a member of the International Marian Association. She is a regular contributor to Catholic publications, radio, and television. Carrie has lived and worked professionally in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy and her work has been translated into nine languages. She is the author several books including The Marian Option (TAN Books, 2017) and The Anti-Mary Exposed. A homeschooling mother of four, Carrie and her family live in Virginia.

  • Thomas K Sullivan

    At the young age of 17, Thomas K Sullivan began a career serving in the United States Military (US Navy and Coast Guard). During his 12 years of service, Tom spent 5 of those years as a Company Commander in the US Navy, training young men and women in the ways of military life, and was awarded the designation as a "Master Training Specialist". Little did he know God was preparing him for a training field much bigger than he could imagine.

    At the age of 30, Tom returned to the Catholic Faith and found his true mission in life. Using the same determination, skills and abilities that made him a successful and highly decorated military leader, Tom has spent the past 26 years in Catholic education, apologetics and evangelization.

    In 1992 following a disabling injury which brought his military career to an end, Tom began working with St, Joseph Communications in California. During this time, he developed evangelization and educational materials for both national an international audiences. Tom also conceived and developed the Scott and Kimberly Hahn Adult Education on Video program now in thousands of homes and parishes. Tom is a founding member of the National Catholic Family Conference held each year in California and was the 1996 recipient of the annual Fulton J. Sheen award for his work in evangelization.

    In 1998, Tom formed a youth outreach organization featuring the Catholic Rock Music group, Sons of Thunder Outreach. The group went on to record a highly requested CD "Fatherland", a Catholic rock music CD with lyrics telling the story of salvation history, conversion, the sacraments and more.

    In 2001, Tom joined the staff of Living His Life Abundantly International. He serves as the Director of Operations, Director of Information Technology and Network Administrator as well as Senior radio engineer.

    Tom is also the producer of the daily Television program "Women of Grace" on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network.

    In addition, Tom has extensive experience teaching parish adult education and youth confirmation preparation. He speaks at conferences and events, nationally and internationally, on the many topics concerning the Catholic Faith.

    Tom is the author of the book "Called to Knighthood: The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Kingdom Family of God" published by Simon Peter Press and co-author with Johnnette Benkovic of the book "The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare" published by Servant Press.

    He has been a radio guest on The Abundant Life, Women of Grace LIVE, Faith and Family Radio programs, as well as Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd on Sirius Satellite radio.

    He has also been a television guest on EWTN's Life on the Rock, Bookmark with Doug Keck, The Abundant Life, and over a dozen Women of Grace television programs.

    ?Tom is the creator and designer of the one-of-a-kind Warrior's Rosary that has been distributed all over the world since 2014.

    He is currently working on an expanded book on the Sacrament of Confirmation titled “Warriors for the Kingdom.” He continues to spend much of his free time speaking about the Kingdom of God, the Rosary, and the importance of the sacraments and their relationship to Spiritual Warfare here on the battlefield of life!

    Tom is a devoted husband to his wife Carol and father of six children; Jeffrey, Tommy, Maria, Michael, Joshua and Gabriel. He is also the proud Grandfather of his 15 grandchildren (currently).
  • Jack Williams

    Jack Williams is the General Manager of EWTN Radio.  After a radical conversion in 1981 Jack traveled college campuses in the United States and Australia as part of a charismatic, evangelical campus outreach.   He later spent a decade providing sports talk radio programming and live high school sports coverage in the Des Moines, IA market.  After entering the Catholic Church in 2002, Jack began doing an hour long Catholic program every weekday on a local evangelical radio station.  He was later a member of the team that transformed that very station into a Catholic Radio Station.  After spending time at the local EWTN radio affiliate in Birmingham, AL, Jack joined EWTN in 2014.  EWTN Radio programming can be heard on over 350 affiliated stations in the United States, online at ewtn.com, on the ewtn app, on Sirius/XM channel 130 and on a myriad of streaming and social media platforms.  In addition to his responsibilities as General Manager, Jack can be heard Monday through Friday at 3pm ET on EWTN Open Line.