Marygrove Retreat Center
"Come away with me into a desert place . . and rest awhile." (Mark 6:31)
Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan






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Retreats Offered at Marygrove 2016, 2017 and 2018

CATHOLIC PARISH RETREATS

MEMBERS OF GOD’S OWN FAMILY
(offered throughout the season)

Every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we call God Our Father, but do we really grasp the meaning of our words? St. Paul tells us “All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you do not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons and daughters.” (Romans 8:14)

If we truly believe that, in Christ, we become sons and daughters of God, how does that impact our relationship to Him, to each other, to ourselves? In the early part of the 20th century, the Benedictine abbot, Bl. Columba Marmion taught extensively about our adoption into the Divine Family.

Join your fellow parishioners and Fr. Tim Ferguson for this year’s Parish Retreat. Fr. Tim uses Sacred Scripture, Church Teaching, and the teachings of Bl. Columba Marmion interwoven with personal experiences to explore what our adoption means. Come away with an appreciation of how to live as a son or daughter of the King ($150 per person, $250 per married couple).



Silent Directed and Guided Retreats

SIX DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREATS: March 12-17 (2017) and June 4-9 (2017)
THREE DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT: December 9-11 (2016)
EIGHT DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT: late July, early August, TBD

When the topic of a silent retreat comes up, without fail someone will laugh and say: "I could never do that!" Is this true about you? If your day is saturated by information and communication, then you are probably a good candidate for a Silent Directed Retreat. The name says it all: "Silent Directed Retreat." With very few exceptions, there is no talking during the retreat. Meals are eaten in silence. No emails or television. Even verbal greetings between participants are discouraged. During a silent retreat, participants live by a different set of rules designed to bring rest and peace, and to heighten one's awareness of God's presence.

There are exceptions to the "no talking" rule. Silent retreats include Mass and communal morning and evening prayer. The cornerstone of the retreat is a regular opportunity to visit with a spiritual director (that's the directed part in Silent Directed Retreat). The spiritual directors are there to accompany the participants – listening, encouraging, challenging and helping retreatants see God working in their lives.

So consider taking a break from your phone and Facebook. Even the most skeptical participant on a Silent Directed Retreat comes away refreshed and renewed. (Three Day: $150, Six Day: $260, and Eight Day: $375)


 

Preached Retreats

MERCY, MORE THAN FORGIVENESS: October 21-23 2016
Inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Fr. Corbin Eddy will look at how the Bible uses the word “mercy” and explore passages from Luke’s Gospel. He will also use some of the masterpieces of Christian Art to illustrate the events and parables. There will be times of private prayer as well as communal celebrations. ($150 per person, $250 per married couple)

 

HELP! MY KIDS DON’T GO TO CHURCH ANYMORE! November 18-20, 2016
Part retreat, part strategy session. We will spend time in prayer for our children, other family members, or close friends who have left the Church. Retreat talks by Fr. Tim Ferguson will focus on effective strategies to reach out to those who have been hurt by some incident in the past, and to encourage desire for a return to the Church in those who have drifted away. ($150 per person, $250 per married couple)

 

THE WISE WOMEN WEEKEND: November 11-13
A retreat for Christian women

The history of faith is filled with women of vision and spirit: women of the Old Testament, disciples of Jesus, women believers of the early Church, saints, leaders and servants of today.  The Wise Women Weekend celebrates their wisdom and experience.  If you are a Christian women who has heard the call to a deeper relationship with Christ, join the Wise Women for a weekend of prayer, growth and friendship. Director: Sr. Ellen Enright ($150 per person)

 

THE WISE MEN WEEKEND:  December 2-4
A retreat for Christian men

What is a real man?  It is the man who puts God first, and allows faith to permeate everything else.  The Wise Men Weekend, three days of prayer, Christian fellowship, and shared wisdom, is a retreat designed to help men put God first.  Young and old, married and single, Catholic and Protestant – men of many walks of life bringing their faith and wisdom to encourage each other. Join Christian men from all over the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin for an energizing weekend understanding spirituality from a man’s perspective. Director: Fr. Ben Hasse ($150 per person)

 

ADVENT IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: December 17-18 (Saturday afternoon to Sunday lunch)  For Men and Women
Have you ever felt like your celebration of Christmas was a big, spiritual flop?  This year, get ready to celebrate Christ’s birth by spending an overnight at Marygrove. Look at how the Church’s liturgy prepares you during Advent for a real celebration of the Lord’s coming that will lift your soul. Before the Christmas celebration gets underway, take two days to rest and pray at Marygrove.  (Director: Fr. Tim Ferguson)

 

CURSILLO and YOUTH ENCOUNTER

ROMAN CURSILLO WEEKENDS
Roman Catholic Men: February 22-25, 2018
Roman Catholic Women: March 8-11, 2018

Simply put, the Cursillo weekend is an encounter with Christ. The two Cursillo weekends offered on this schedule are for Catholic participants. Through a series of conferences by priests and witness talks by fellow Christians, the Cursillo weekend is designed to empower people to be more of a Christian leaven in their families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. On a Cursillo weekend, participants deepen their faith and learn how to better live it in society. The Cursillo weekend is part of the greater Cursillo movement, the goal of which is to make Christ the prime influence in society. Join Cursillo and watch your faith get set on fire!

 

YOUTH ENCOUNTER:  October 28-30
For Young People ages 16-20

Like the Cursillo experience for adults, Youth Encounter is an intense weekend of understanding and experiencing the Christian Faith for young people. It is open to youth of all Christian faith traditions.  There is a follow-up program which will help young people carry out at home what was learned on the weekend.  For more information or for registration forms contact Barry and Yvonne Voss, N1572 S. Circle Dr., Norway, MI  49870 or phone 1-906-563-5187.  Check out the special website for Youth Encounter and watch the video “Christ is Counting on You” by tapping the link at marygrove.org or by going directly to youthencounterchrist.org.  Thanks to a generous donation, the fee for the Youth Encounter this year is $25 per person.

 

NON-ROMAN CURSILLO WEEKENDS FOR 2017
Men and women from Christian congregations other than Catholic can begin now to plan to make a Cursillo Weekend in the Winter of 2017.  The next Men’s Non-Roman Cursillo weekend will be February 16-19, 2017.  The next Women’s Non-Roman Cursillo will be March 2-5, 2017.

 

NON-ROMAN CURSILLO WEEKENDS FOR 2018
Men and women from Christian congregations other than Catholic can begin now to plan to make a Cursillo Weekend in the Winter of 2018.  The next Men’s Non-Roman Cursillo weekend will be February 15-18, 2018.  The next Women’s Non-Roman Cursillo will be March 1-4, 2018.

 

SPECIAL GROUP RETREATS

CANADIAN AND USA WOMEN’S RETREAT:           September 9-11
For Christian women from both Canada and the United States
“Encountering the Mercy of Jesus”

Pope Francis has asked the Church to focus this year on Mercy. With several initiatives, he has directed us to open our hearts to Christ’s mercy and, in turn, to learn to be more merciful to others. Fr. Tim Ferguson will use the Pope’s writings and teachings, as well as Sacred Scripture and other means to examine how Christ’s mercy can comfort and console us, while at the same time, change and challenge us to be more effective vessels of mercy in a broken world.

 

SPECIAL GROUP RETREATS

DEACONS’ RETREAT 2016: September 22-25
Deacons of the diocese of Marquette will gather for retreat to deepen their relationship to Jesus Christ, who has called them into service. Spending time in fellowship with one another and learning to grow in the graces needed for ministry, the deacons will encounter the Lord who washed the feet of His disciples and invited them to do the same.

CATHOLIC CLERGY RETREAT 2015: October 5-8
Marygrove is honored to announce that the annual Catholic Clergy Retreat will be directed this year by Abbot Marcel Rooney, O.S.B. Abbot Rooney taught at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Liturgy in Rome and was the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation from 1996 to 2000. He is currently the rector of the Saint Gregory Institute of Pastoral Liturgy, Music, and Art in the diocese of Madison.  

 

SAVE THE DATE – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS RETREAT: January 6-8, 2017
Theme and Details forthcoming.





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