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“Smiting Serpents: Battle Strategies for Catholic Women” Women of Grace Retreat 2022 Malvern Retreat House

Women of Grace returns to the Malvern Retreat House

Women of Grace Retreat 2022

“Smiting Serpents: Battle Strategies for Catholic Women”


Retreat Presenters:

Johnnette Williams:

Founder of Women of Grace

Author of  The New Age Counterfeit

Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia:

Chief Exorcist Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines

Author of Exorcist, Volumes 1-3

Kathleen Beckman:

Diocesan Administrator of Exorcism and Deliverance Ministry

Author of A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare

Adam Blai:

Peritus of Religious Demonology and Exorcism, Diocese of Pittsburgh

Author of  The Catholic Guide to Miracles 

Susan Brinkmann, OCDS:

Women of Grace Staff  Writer

Author of  The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age


Friday - Sunday, July 22-24, 2022

Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Struggling in your daily life? Besot with problems in your family? Facing a serious, potentially life-changing circumstance? Plagued by boredom, dissatisfaction, or interior fatigue? Indeed, life on earth IS a warfare and a spiritual battle rages all around us. Though the victory has been won through Jesus Christ, the serpent still roams the garden seeking whom he may devour. What can we do? How do we experience the liberation that comes through Jesus’ salvific act? During this retreat, you will discover:

• The nature of the battle

• How to detect the tactics of the Devil

• How to protect our families from the Devil’s strategies

• The remedies Holy Mother Church provides for spiritual problems and how to access them including deliverance and exorcism

• The role the Blessed Mother plays in smiting the head of the Serpent

• How we can be Serpent Smiters through her tutelage

• What equips Catholic women to be a mighty weapon against the powers of darkness



3:00 PM           Registration

4:30 PM           Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Homily One

Father Jose Francisco Syquia

6:00 PM            Dinner

7:00 PM           Praise and Worship

Women at the Well

7:15 PM           Welcome - Introduction

7:40 PM            Talk One: Battling the Powers of Darkness with Mary and the Holy Spirit

Johnnette Williams

8:30 PM           Talk Two: Mary’s Attributes that Smite Demons: Virtues, Sorrows, and Motherhood

Kathleen Beckman

9:15 PM           Concert with Women at the Well 


8:00 AM            Breakfast

8:30 AM           Praise and Worship

Women at the Well

8:45 AM           Welcome and Announcements

9:00 AM           Talk Three: Who is Satan? Unmasking the Deceiver

Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

9:40 AM           Break

10:00 AM         Talk Four: Protecting Our Families From Diabolical Influences

Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia

10:40 AM         Witness 

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

12:45 PM          Praise and Worship

Women at the Well

1:00 PM            Talk Five: Exorcism and Deliverance, Part 1

Adam Blai

1:45 PM           Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Homily Two

Father Jose Francisco Syquia

3:00 PM            Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:30 PM            Break

4:00 PM            Talk Six: Exorcism and Deliverance, Part 2

Adam Blai

4:40 PM            Facilitator Training – Prayer – Reflection - Fellowship 

5:30 PM            DINNER

6:15 PM            Praise and Worship

Women at the Well

6:30 PM           Event Review

6:45 PM           Talk Seven: The Virgin Mary’s Role in Spiritual Warfare: The New Eve, Divine Maternity, Mediatrix

Kathleen Beckman

7:25 PM           Break

7:45 PM            Healing Service 

Johnnette Williams

9:15 PM           Social in Lower McShain - Nocturnal Adoration 


8:00 AM           Breakfast

8:45 AM           Praise and Worship

Women at the Well

9:00 AM           Mission Update

Isabelle Liberatore

9:15 AM           Talk Eight: “I Am Not Afraid, I Was Born to Do This” -St. Joan of Arc

Johnnette Williams

9:45 AM           Raffle - Closing Remarks - Break

10:15 AM          Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Homily Three: Our Lady and the Final Battle

Father Jose Francisco Syquia

12:00 PM         Retreat Concludes

Event Date/Time(s)

START: Friday, July 22 at 5:00 PM US/Eastern
END: Sunday, July 24 at 12:00 PM US/Eastern

Event Information

COST: $275 in person
Malvern Retreat House, Our Lady's Hall and St. Joseph Hall
315 S Warren Ave
Malvern, PA 19355

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Malvern Retreat House


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Event Speakers

  • Kathleen Beckman

    For twenty-five years, and in thirteen countries, Kathleen Beckman has served in the Church’s ministry of evangelization through Catholic radio and television, writing and speaking. Sophia Institute Press has published her last four books including the bestseller, “A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare: Strategies for Deliverance and Healing”. At the invitation of clergy, Kathleen has served in the Church’s ministry of exorcism and deliverance for sixteen years. She was on faculty for the Pope Leo XIII Institute for six years, completed the Association of International Exorcists Course at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in 2017, serves as the diocesan administrator of exorcism and deliverance ministry. A member of the exorcist’s team, she accompanies persons seeking liberation from evil spirits. In 2013, with encouragement of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Clergy, she co-founded the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, an apostolate of intercession and sacrifice for the holiness and protection of priests. All are invited to spiritually adopt priests at www.foundationforpriests.org


  • 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.
  • Adam Blai

    Adam Blai is a church appointed Peritus of Religious Demonology and Exorcism who has worked in training priests in exorcism nationally for fifteen years, and internationally since 2020.  Adam has a Masters in Adult Clinical Psychology, with most of his clinical experience in forensic settings.  In addition, Adam has had considerable experience with holy angels in both prayer work and in evaluating potential miracle cases.  He has written books on miracles and exorcism cases, like his latest book, The Catholic Guide to Miracles: Separating the Authentic from the Counterfeit, which has been featured on EWTN. Adam works full-time for his Diocese and is currently attending Canon Law school and working on additional publications.

  • 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 Jose Francisco Syquia

    After graduating from college in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), FR. JOSE FRANCISCO “JOCIS” SYQUIA entered the seminary in 1989 and completed his training from both San Carlos Major Seminary in Makati City and the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Theology from the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties and a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He finished both courses with magna cum laude honors. He also has a Master’s degree in Psychology from the UST Graduate School.

    Fr. Jocis is the Head of the Commission on Extraordinary Phenomena for the Archdiocese of Manila. He is the Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, an exorcist of Manila and a member of the International Association of Exorcists based in Rome. He completed the Vatican Course on Exorcism and Deliverance at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University.

    He is the author of the bestselling book Exorcism—Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult (Shepherd’s Voice Publications), as well as Exorcist: Volume 1—A Spiritual Journey and Exorcist: Volume 2—Spiritual Battle Lines published by ST PAULS. He is also a full-time formator, spiritual director, and professor of spirituality and psychology at the San Carlos Major Seminary.