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 2017 and 2018

CATHOLIC PARISH RETREATS 

THE ONE NECESSARY THING

(offered throughout the season)

The Venerable Frederic Baraga, founding bishop of the diocese of Marquette, died on January 19, 1868, 150 years ago. His example of holiness, courage, dedication, and compassion have left a lasting mark on the hearts of the faithful here. As we prepare for his ultimate beatification and canonization (God-willing), it’s good to take the opportunity of this sesquicentennial of his passing and examine what motivated this saintly man to leave the comforts of his native Slovenia for the untamed wilderness of the Upper Great Lakes.

 Bishop Baraga’s motto was “Unum est Necessarium,” “One thing is necessary,” taken from the Gospel passage about Christ with Mary and Martha. Join your fellow parishioners and Fr. Tim Ferguson for this year’s Parish Retreat. Fr. Tim will weave anecdotes and writings of Bishop Baraga to examine how this can change our lives for the better. Come away with an appreciation of that one necessary thing. ($150 per person, $250 for a married couple)

 


DIRECTED AND GUIDED RETREATS

SILENT DIRECTED RETREATS

Eight Day Silent Directed Retreat: October 8 - 15
Three Day Silent Directed Retreat:  December 8-10

A Silent Directed Retreat of eight or three days is a concentrated guided experience of God in prayer. It is based on Sacred Scripture and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The retreat is designed for those who seek to listen and respond to the Lord in an environment of solitude and silence.  

Silent retreats are opportunities to encounter the God who speaks in silence. With very few exceptions, there is no talking during the retreat. Participants are invited to join together for prayer and the celebration of Mass each day. Each participant also meets daily with a spiritual director for guidance and discernment. Meals are silent. No phone calls, emails or television. Even verbal greetings between participants are discouraged. For a few precious days, participants live by a different set of rules designed to bring rest and peace, and to heighten one’s awareness of God’s presence.

The fee for the Eight-Day retreat is $375 per person. The fee for the Three-Day retreat is $150 (The Three-Day retreat is designed for those who wish to get their feet wet before making a longer directed retreat). Marygrove also schedules additional Six-Day retreats in the winter and early summer, and a Three-Day retreat in the early spring.

 

SPECIAL INTEREST RETREATS

AN EXTRAORDINARY WEEKEND: August 25 - 27

Ten years ago, Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum pontificum, on the use of what is now known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Since then, there has been a steady uptick in interest, especially among younger people, in what some people still refer to as the Tridentine Mass. This weekend will provide retreatants with an opportunity to dig deeper into the experience of the Extraordinary Form, with Masses offered on Saturday and Sunday, opportunities for confession, devotional prayer, and private reflection. Fr. Tim Ferguson will offer talks on the history and meaning behind this ancient form of worship.  ($150 per person, $250 per married couple)

 

THE WISE WOMEN WEEKEND: November 10-12

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 1-3

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 RETREAT: December 16-17 (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 – Looking Ahead

Roman Catholic Men’s Cursillo:  February 22-25, 2018
Roman Catholic Women’s Cursillo:  March 8-11, 2018

Non Roman Catholic Men’s Cursillo: February 15-18, 2018
Non Roman Catholic Women’s Cursillo: March 1-4, 2018

Simply put, the Cursillo weekend is an encounter with Christ. 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 27-29

For Young People from Sophomore in High School to Freshmen Year of College

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.

 


SPECIAL GROUP RETREATS

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY RETREAT: August 18-20

Every year, it is truly an honor to welcome the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society to Marygrove Retreat Center for their annual retreat. Roger Playwin, former CEO of the national St. Vincent de Paul Society and former director of the Detroit branch of the Society will offer his insights into this vital apostolate. This retreat is intended to feed the spirit of those who are constantly drained while feeding others.  If you are a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, if you work at a St. Vincent de Paul Store, or if you volunteer hours at “St. Vinny’s,” this retreat could be what you need to keep Christ the center of your work.

 

CANADIAN AND USA WOMEN’S RETREAT: September 15-17

For Christian women from both Canada and the United States

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

Through our baptism, we become adopted members of God’s family. There is a rich theological tradition, rooted in the writings of St. Paul, and embellished by holy writers through the ages, that explores what it means to be children of God. When we realize and live our status as children of God, co-heirs with Christ, we gain a sense of our own dignity and worth, which can serve as a bulwark against all that life throws at us. We also begin to see each other in a different light. Fr. Tim Ferguson will help uncover these teachings and show their relevance to our lives today. Cost, $150 per person.

 

RETROUVAILLE  WEEKEND: FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES  September 29-October 1

  • Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?

  • Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?

  • Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?

  • Have you thought about separation or divorce?

  • Does talking about it only make it worse?

    ... Retrouvaille provides marriage help!

Retrouvaille is a weekend program for deeply troubled marriages. If you are separated, considering divorce, or experiencing other serious problems in your marriage, Retrouvaille may be your lifeline. Retrouvaille is conducted by a priest and three couples who present their stories of disillusionment and eventual healing. Attending couples are provided techniques that may enable them to see their spouses in a new light and start them on a path to rebuild and restore their marriage. For more information please visit www.retrouvaille.org or call us at 1-800-470-2230.

During the weekend, a team gives a series of presentations and shares a technique of communication that enables participants to take a good look at most areas of their marital relationship. The team provides practical tools for improving marriage. Team members share how they were able to benefit from these techniques themselves. After each presentation participants will have a chance to reflect on it by themselves, then discuss it in complete privacy with his/her spouse.

The weekend is not a ‘miracle cure'; therefore, the post-weekend sessions have been designed to continue the marriage renewal begun on the weekend. During the post-weekend sessions, the technique learned on the weekend is further developed and is used to explore additional areas of the marriage relationship.

HOMESCHOOL PARENTS’ OVERNIGHT: October 6-7

A chance for some quiet in a stressful world. This overnight retreat is designed for busy homeschooling parents who will be given an opportunity to rest, connect with other homeschool parents, and most importantly, pray. Mass will be offered for the First Friday and First Saturday, as well as the rosary and opportunity for confession. The theme of the talks will be “Being fed by the Lord, so that we might feed others.”

CATHOLIC CLERGY RETREAT 2017: October 16-19

Marygrove is honored to announce that the annual Catholic Clergy Retreat will be directed this year by the Very Reverend John Girotti, of the Diocese of Green Bay. Fr. Girotti was ordained in 2002, and has served several parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay, as well as spiritual director at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland. He wrote the original “Know Your Faith” series as a basic course in apologetics. He comes highly recommended by Bishop John Doerfler. The clergy retreat is open to priests and deacons (and bishops), and will include ample time for fraternity, prayer, and relaxation.

SAVE THE DATE – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS RETREAT: January 5-7, 2018

Theme and Details forthcoming.





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