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Lenten Online Retreat" “Man of Sorrows, Lord of Joy”

As we prepare for the crucifixion of Christ Jesus, it is important to look at our own sufferings and the crosses we bear and unite them with His, seeking self-knowledge and healing so that we can find true joy in Christ Jesus. Our Blessed Mother will not abandon us on the path to salvation!

We have prayerfully developed this Lenten Online Retreat to be a beautiful, engaging, and prayerful event, with presentations, Lenten reflections following the Sorrowful Mysteries, live music, reflection time, Adoration, and a beautiful healing rosary to close the day! We pray this retreat, with the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, will be a time of reflection, surrender, and healing for you as you journey with Our Lord Jesus. 

“Man of Sorrows, Lord of Joy”

Presentations include:

"Take This Cup": In the Garden With Jesus, with Thomas K. Sullivan

"He Handed Him Over": Embracing the Will of God, with Father Peter John Cameron, OP

"Hail, King of the Jews": Self-Knowledge and Conversion, with Johnnette Williams

"Do Not Weep For Me:" Suffering and Salvation, with Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

"It Is Finished": The New Beginning, with Paul Thigpen

Saturday, March 27, 2021 (Saturday Morning Session)

9:30am Music, Welcome, Introductions, Opening Prayer 

9:50am “Take This Cup:” In the Garden With Jesus, with Thomas K. Sullivan

10:30am Lenten Reflection-The Agony in the Garden, with Johnnette Williams 

10:40am Reflection Break, live music

10:50am Event Review

11:00am “He Handed Him Over:” Embracing the Will of God, with Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.

11:45am Lenten Reflection-Scourging at the Pillar, with Johnnette Williams 

11:55pm Reflection Break, live music 

12:05pm Event Review

12:10pm Witness

12:20pm “Hail, King of the Jews:” Self-Knowledge and Conversion, with Johnnette Williams

1:00pm Lenten Reflection-Crowning of Thorns, with Johnnette Williams

1:10pm Reflection Break, live music 

1:20pm Women of Grace Mission Update

1:35pm Q & A with Johnnette Williams, Father Peter John Cameron, O.P., and Thomas Sullivan

2:00pm Closing Prayer with Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Saturday, March 27, 2021 (Saturday Evening Session)

6:00pm Music, Welcome, Introductions, Opening Prayer 

6:20pm “Do Not Weep for Me:” Suffering and Salvation, with Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S.

7:00pm Lenten Reflection-Carrying of the Cross, with Johnnette Williams

7:10pm Reflection Break, live music 

7:20pm Event Review

7:25pm “It is Finished:” The New Beginning, with Paul Thigpen

8:10pm Lenten Reflection-The Crucifixion, with Johnnette Williams

8:20pm Reflection Break, live music

8:30pm Event Review, Preparation for Adoration

8:40pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

8:50pm Lenten Healing Rosary, the Sorrowful Mysteries, with Johnnette Williams

9:40pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

9:45pm Reflection Break, live music 

9:50pm Closing with Johnnette Williams

10:00pm Closing Prayer with Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Event Date/Time(s)

START: Saturday, March 27 at 9:30 AM US/Eastern
END: Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 PM US/Eastern

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  • 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.
  • Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

    Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., is an author and award-winning journalist who is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She serves as the Director of Communications and New Age Research for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. Susan formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the last 10 years she has been the lead researcher for Women of Grace’s New Age Q&A Blog which is the largest blog of its kind in the world. The library of information now exceeds 1200 entries on everything from acupuncture and angels to wicca and yoga. She has also authored eleven books, including the Learn to Discern Compendium: Is it Christian or New Age, and her latest book, Day by Day in the Little Way: 365 reflections on the Teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Along with Johnnette Williams, she co-authored the Young Women of Grace Study Program which teaches girls ages 13+ about what it means to be authentically feminine. The Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, was published by Avila Institute, and her Like a Catholic series, which has imprimaturs from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was published by the Catholic Life Institute Press. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.

  • Father Peter John Cameron, O. P.

    Father Peter John Cameron, O.P., was ordained a Dominican priest in 1986. He grew up in Vernon, Connecticut. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a concentration in New Testament theology from the Dominican House of Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He is an award-winning playwright, and the founder and artistic director of Blackfriars Repertory Theatre in New York City. From 1994 until 2018 Fr. Cameron taught homiletics at four seminaries: St. Joseph's Seminary—Dunwoodie, New York; Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York; the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC; and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. From 2001 to 2003, Fr. Cameron was the spiritual director of the Neumann Hall pre-theology seminary program at Dunwoodie. Fr. Cameron is the author of ten books, including The Classics of Catholic SpiritualityWhy PreachMysteries of the Virgin MaryMade for Love--Loved by GodNovenas for the Church Year, and Jesus Present Before Me. He served two terms as the director of preaching for his Dominican province. Fr. Cameron is the founding editor-in-chief of Magnificat, where he worked from 1998-2018. Fr. Cameron now serves as the director of formation for Hard as Nails Ministries, a national evangelization apostolate.



  • 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).
  • Dr. Paul Thigpen