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Women of Grace Retreat San Antonio: "Made for Joy: The Call and Gift of the Catholic Woman"


Women of Grace Retreat San Antonio

"Made for Joy: The Call and Gift of the Catholic Woman"

Speakers include,

Johnnette B. Williams

Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.

Melissa Maleski

Praise and Worship Music with Living Praise Worship Team!

Come together again with sisters in Christ! Enjoy dynamic presentations, prayer, mass, confession, praise and worship and fellowship, while learning about your true call and gift as a Catholic woman in the world today! We will explore the pathways to joy provided to us by God through the gift of our womanhood, prayer, Our Blessed Mother and her spouse, the Holy Spirit, and the examples of great Saints! The Saturday evening healing service will close the event with, a presentation expressing the profound hope that follows interior healing and Adoration and Procession with the Blessed Sacrament while praying a Healing Rosary. God is calling each woman ‘for such a time as this!’ Join us!

A Young Women of Grace Retreat is also being offered on Saturday, September 18, 9am-4pm! Check out the Events Section!

A Benedicta Enrichment Seminar precedes the Retreat, Thursday and Friday, September 16-17! Check out the Events Section!

Women of Grace Retreat San Antonio:

(tentative schedule)

Friday, September 17th


3:00 PM Registration

4:30 PM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Homily One: Called to Holiness: Prelude to Joy

Celebrant, Fr. Mark Lewis

Con-Celebrant and Homilist: Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Praise and Worship

7:30 PM Welcome – Introduction

8:00 PM Talk One: The Joy of Being a Woman

Johnnette B. Williams

Saturday, September 18th

8:15 AM Praise and Worship

8:45 AM Welcome – Introduction

9:05 AM Johnnette Welcome -- Introduction

9:15 AM Talk Two: Sentinels of the Invisible: The Feminine Ideal

Melissa Maleski

10:05 AM Event Update -- Introduction

10:15 AM Talk Three: Prayer – Pathway to Joy

Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.

11:15AM Confession - Prayer - Reflection – Fellowship – Facilitator Training

12:00 PM LUNCH

12:30 PM Praise and Worship

12:45 PM Event Update -- Introduction

1:00 PM Talk Four: The Dynamic Duet: Pathway to Joy

Johnnette B. Williams

2:00 PM Mission Update

Isabelle Liberatore 

2:20 PM Witness

2:45 PM Break

3:15 PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:45 PM Talk Five: Saintly Sentinels: Witnesses to Joy

Melissa Maleski 

4:45 PM Break – Praise and Worship

5:00 PM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Vigil)

Homily Two: Renouncing Eve, Embracing Mary 

Celebrant, Fr. Mark Lewis

Con-Celebrant and Homilist: Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.


7:30 PM Event Update and Thank You 

7:45 PM Talk Six: Enter In: Healing, Hope, and New Life

Johnnette B. Williams

8:30 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

8:45 PM Healing Rosary and Procession with Blessed Sacrament

Johnnette B. Williams, Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.

9:45 PM Benediction

10:00 PM Closing: Investiture of the Scapular

Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.

Event Date/Time(s)

START: Friday, September 17 at 4:00 PM US/Eastern
END: Saturday, September 18 at 10:00 PM US/Eastern

Event Information

COST: $130 includes three meals
Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church
15415 Red Robin Rd
San Antonio, TX 78255

Contact Information

Registration is now open! Click purple button above!

Book your hotel room using the link below in our hotel room block for a discounted rate at the: Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Northwest, 6809 North Loop 1604 W,
San Antonio, Texas 78249



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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.
  • Melissa Maleski

    Melissa Maleski is a parish Director of Marriage and Family Life and the author of The Supreme Vocation of Women According to John Paul II. She regularly presents at faith formation conferences and parish retreats, and consults on special Diocesan initiatives. Prior to this, Melissa was a long-time catechist and Director of Religious Education. Her early work was featured in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and she has collaborated on a number of catechetical materials for youth and families. A young-adult convert, she earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Christendom College’s Graduate School in 2015. Melissa shares her adventures with her husband and four children.

  • Father Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D.

    Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart is a Discalced Carmelite Friar, originally from the forests of Washington State.  After college, Fr. Matthias happily labored as a full time Youth/Young Adult Ministry Coordinator while playing in the Catholic Rock Band (yes...), "The Thirsting."  After becoming a Friar, he attended Mt. Angel Seminary, completing an MA Thesis on the universal call to contemplation informed by Carmelite Spirituality. He is vocation director and postulant master for the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph, currently living at Mount St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery in San Jose, CA.

  • Susan Potvin

    Susan Potvin, worship leader and inspirational speaker, has been involved in Catholic and ecumenical renewal work for more than thirty years. Susan is the leader of Living Praise Worship Team, which provides worship for many groups nationally and internationally,.  They serve such groups as Women of Grace®, Magnificat® – A Ministry to Catholic Women where Susan serves as the Chair for Praise and Worship, and the National Charismatic Renewal. Susan also teaches extensively on worship providing worship workshops and mentoring worship leaders.  With Living Praise, Susan has produced seven worship CD’s. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.A. in Theology and has a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University.  Susan works as a school counselor at a K-12 Christian school and is also a Spiritual Director.  She and her husband, Urby, who have been married for thirty-nine years, reside in Steubenville, Ohio.  They have raised four children and have one grandchild.  You can visit Living Praise at their website at:  www.LivingPraiseWorship.com or contact Susan at livingpraise4him@gmail.com.