Beloved Retreat

The Beloved Retreat will dive into what it means to be, become and live the life of the beloved, based on the book by Henri Nouwen.

Together we will discover that we are Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given as a sisterhood.

With time allocated for personal reflection as well as adoration, Vigil Mass, and three meals all shared with Catholic sisters/new friends/something, this retreat is for you.

Join us on October 14th in El Paso, Texas.

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El Paso Retreat Speakers & Worship Leaders

Beth Davis // Keynote Speaker

Beth Davis is a lover of Jesus, a recently retired youth minister and the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She is passionate about teaching women how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts.  Her favorite things include being an aunt to her five fantastic niece and nephews, the Saint Name Generator and whatever book she’s currently reading.

Ike Ndolo // Worship Leader

Ike Ndolo was born in Missouri, after his parents moved to the United States from Nigeria. Inside Ike’s home rang hymns from his mother and songs of struggle and freedom from Bob Marley and everything in between. Ike shares songs of sin, doubt, hope, and redemption.

Sarah Kroger // Worship Leader

Sarah Kroger is a Christian singer/songwriter from Melbourne, FL. With parents involved in parish ministry, music and ministry have always been a part of her life. As a teenager, she began to develop her personal relationship with God and grew in her musical abilities during school and church music programs. She started composing music at Rollins College, where she graduated with a degree in vocal performance.

Sister Helen Santamaria, SL // Speaker

Sister Helen Santamaria is a Certified Spiritual Director trained in Ignatian Spirituality. She spent 33 of her 55 years in religious life as a teacher and principal. Having concluded her years in formal education, she then served seven years as the vice-chancellor of the Diocese of El Paso and also spent a year with Jesuit Refugee Services/USA as an associate chaplain at the El Paso Processing Center. Sister Helen is the founding director of El Paso Villa Maria, where she currently sits on the Board of Directors as founding emeritus trustee.

Emily Wilson // Emcee

Emily Wilson planned her whole life to become a sports reporter but turned out to be a Catholic musician and speaker at the hand of God. The heart of her ministry is offering encouragement to teen girls in their search for their true identity, and she loves every second of it. You can read more about Emily over at her blog.

Jenna Guizar // Speaker

Jenna is a wife and mama in sunny AZ. She pretends to love football for her husband, reads lots of books to her daughters, and tries not to burn mac n cheese on the daily. In between tweeting, reading books, and [not] burning mac n cheese, she is the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women’s ministry + community. Find out more about her here.

Some thoughts from last year’s retreat.

I can’t put into words how amazing this day was for me. I start crying when I think about it. Thank you thank you thank you Lord for these amazing women!

This weekend was a much needed recharge. The allotted time for everything was just right and the schedule worked out so smoothly. I know this was a large undertaking but I cannot thank everyone enough and I truly look forward to coming again next year all the way from New Orleans!

Thank you for the this day!! And for allowing women with babies to attend. I am not a mom, but I loved looking around at all the women who were holding babes or pregnant. Woman is so life giving- and the day was a vivid reminder of part of of unique beauty! The whole day just represented womanhood and femininity so well.

Hoping to bring a whole group of women from my parish next year! Cant wait!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Beloved Retreat for?

This retreat is for:

  • a woman searching for community
  • a woman looking to rekindle your faith
  • a woman in need to peaceful prayer time
  • a woman yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord

What is included in my retreat ticket?

You will receive three meals all day Saturday as well as sessions, adoration, confession, praise and worship, and beautiful sisterhood. You also will receive a beautiful welcome packet with a prayer journal (limited edition JUST for the retreat!), goodies from our sponsor My Saint My Hero, and more.

I bought a ticket but I can no longer come. Can I get a refund?

We cannot issue refunds, but you can look to sell your ticket via social media and your friends.

What do I need to come with?

Your bible, your ticket, your heart, and your laughter.

What hotels are nearby?

Here is a list of options for hotels nearby!


The Beloved Retreat is sponsored by My Saint My Hero.

My Saint My Hero was founded on the belief that God is real, prayer works and love heals. Our pieces are wearable blessings that remind us we are loved. We want My Saint My Hero to be more than a company, but a community, inspired by God to help transform lives and make the world a better place. Crafted in love and prayer, our wearable blessings empower women through meaningful work.

Our prayer is that these pieces help awaken souls to live in the presence of God.

Visit My Saint My Hero here.