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Blessed is She Shine Retreat

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:5

The Blessed is She Shine Retreat is all about recognizing God’s light in us and around us, with the realization that He is shining through us to be His light in the world. Come and learn about His great light and how you shine solely because of His goodness.

Join us at one of our retreats:
Kansas City, KS (Midwest) on June 7-8th
Houston, TX (Texas) on Aug 2-3rd
Nashville, TN (Southern) on September 6-7th
Annapolis, MD (Northeast) on October 11-12th
Dublin, Ireland (Ireland) on Nov 8-9th or 15-16th

We can't wait to pray with you.

Shine Retreat Speakers & Worship Leaders

Beth Davis // Speaker

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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 fantastic niece and four nephews, the Saint Name Generator and whatever book she’s currently reading.

Heather Khym // KS speaker

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Heather has been serving in ministry since 1994 and passionately shares the Gospel through leading worship and speaking. She desires to help create environments for people to encounter God. She attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where she studied theology with a concentration in catechetics. In 2005, Heather and her husband, Jake, founded Life Restoration, a ministry which seeks to help people become fully alive and experience freedom and restoration in Jesus. Currently, Heather lives in Abbotsford, BC with her husband Jake and their 3 children Maria, Judah, and Evangeline.

Tricia Tembreull // KS & TX Emcee

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Tricia Tembreull is a California girl with a boundless passion for life. After two decades of ministering to teens and youth ministers as a trainer, ministry mentor, and speaker in Catholic youth ministry, Tricia now serves as Campus Minister at USC Caruso Catholic Center. She loves adventure and seeks it everywhere she goes. As an avid foodie, she enjoys testing new recipes out on friends and family, gathering them around the table to encounter Christ in one another and be drawn to the satisfying unity we crave in the Eucharist.

Mary Castner // Worship

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Mary Castner is a Catholic worship leader, speaker, and youth minister in Phoenix, AZ. Her ministry’s mission is to bring healing and freedom to God’s people through music. You can read more about Mary on her website www.marycastnermusic.com.

Michelle Benzinger // TN Emcee

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Michelle is a wife, mother of six (four born from her body /biological and two born from her heart/adopted from Haiti), coffee addict, reader, college football fanatic, dreamer, and design lover. Michelle has a heart to inspire other women to understand that they have a voice and divine mission. She wants to empower women and families to come together, to build that mission, and to become a force of beauty for the good of all mankind. She believes that once this beauty is recognized and lived out, it will transform families, communities, cultures, and our world.

Debra Herbeck // TN Speaker

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Debra Herbeck, a Jewish convert to the Church, has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry. She has directed Pine Hills Girls Camp for the past 32 years, is the founder and Director of the Be Love Revolution, and also helps lead a ministry called i.d.916. She has written a number of books that can be found here. Debra and her husband Peter live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and are the parents of four children and five adorable grandchildren.

Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P. // Ireland Chaplain

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Raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Fr. Patrick completed his initial studies in theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Ordained a priest in May 2016, he presently serves at St. Pius V Parish in Providence, Rhode Island, and as Deputy Senior Editor of Aleteia.org. Since joining the Dominican Order, he has served in campus ministry, as a missionary in Kenya, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC, and he has taught at Providence College. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he worked on special assignment for the Knights of Columbus in Krakow, Poland, as an organizer at the World Youth Day Mercy Centre.

Méabh Carlin // Ireland Speaker

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Méabh Carlin is Primary School teacher from County Armagh in the North of Ireland. When she isn’t drinking tea in good company she loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. Méabh is passionate about helping women unwrap the gift of their dignity. She entrusts the details of her every day to the Holy Family and has a special friendship with Saint Joseph!

Rachel Leininger // TX Speaker

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Rachel Leininger serves as the full-time Chastity Educator for The REAP Team, a retreat ministry of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis that provides seriously fun retreats to young people of all ages. She wrote a book for your high school-aged friends which you can find here and would really like to be Joanna Gaines when she grow up. Some of her favorite things include Cardinals baseball, being outside but not doing anything, coffee, reading, writing, and baked goods. She and her professional nerd husband, David, live in St. Louis with their two hilarious and adorable baby girls and you can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @raleininger.

Sarah Kroger // TN Worship

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Sarah Kroger is a songwriter and worship leader. She has been leading worship at a range of national and international events for the past nine years. Her passion is to create a safe, prayerful space through her music in which people can encounter the love of God. She has released two albums, ‘Your Time’ and ‘Hallelujah Is Our Song’. Her third album, ‘Bloom’, is set to release Spring of 2019. Sarah lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Dom.

Sister Mary André Thelen // KS Speaker

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Sister Mary André Thelen, OP is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The Sisters of Mary are a religious congregation devoted to contemplation and evangelization, according to the Dominican motto, Contemplata Aliis Tradere: “to contemplate and to give to others the fruits of our contemplation.” Sister Mary André is currently living in Washington, DC where she studies at the Catholic University of America and works with Campus Ministry through the university’s Religious in Residence Program. While living and studying on campus, she enjoys being in close contact with the students and seeking to draw them closer to the Eucharist and to Our Lady.

Jenna Guizar

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Jenna Guizar 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.

#BISretreat Testimonies:

I am so grateful my big sis said “yes” to attending the #bisretreat with me again this year. Last year it was a hesitant “yes.” You know the kind that you say “yes” to but aren’t really sure what you are getting yourself into or what to expect but when it’s all said and done you are so happy that you did! We promised each other this retreat to bond over, recharge, grow in our faith, & share our own sisterhood with our #bissisterhood. It has been the best pinky promise we have made to each other to date. . . . // Mytae

When retreat is equal parts Spirit-filled goodness and slumber party fun with your girlfriends. I’m coming home from #bisretreat reflecting on three words I think describe each person of the Trinity for me. Father is faithful, Son is reckless, and Holy Spirit is WILD. Each word describes a unique relationship with each person. Father help me never forget Your promises. Jesus let me never get tired soaking in Your reckless love and grace and mercy. Come pursue and woo my heart in new ways. Holy Spirit do wild, crazy, creative things in and through my life. May I never settle for mediocrity but live in boldness. // Patty

Sister in Christ Y’all this weekend has been PHENOMENAL omgosh I can’t even. God is sooo good and I feel R E N E W E D & my heart is soo on fire for my God HIGHLY encourage you to check out a Blessed is She retreat. // Kathryn

Just one of those perfect weekends with my Blessed Is She sisters. I spoke with so many phenomenal women who shared their hearts. It was wild. // Samantha

What an awesome gift it was to spend the entire day with 300+ women. Diving into our faith, unleashing the wildness in our lives, and be able to worship together as beloved daughters of God. It was exactly what my heart needed. #bisretreat // Nykole

Thankful for such a beautiful weekend full of untamed, unashamed, and unleashed love for Jesus Christ #BISretreat #wild // Sophia

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is the Shine Retreat for?

This retreat is for a woman 18 and older who:

  • is searching for community
  • is looking to rekindle your faith
  • is in need of peaceful prayer time
  • is yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord
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What is included in my retreat ticket?

You will receive a light snack on Friday evening, three meals and snacks all day Saturday as well as sessions, adoration, confession, praise and worship, vigil Mass, and beautiful sisterhood. You also will receive a beautiful welcome packet with a prayer journal.

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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, Blessed is She regional facebook group, or your friends.

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What do I need to come with?

Your bible, your heart, and your laughter.

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Where should I stay?

For the Phoenix Retreat:

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
Staybridge Suites Phoenix – Chandler
Element by Westin Chandler Fashion Center

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What about my food allergies?

We are able to accommodate gluten free and vegetarian diets. If you are vegan or have severe food allergies, we are happy to refund a portion of your ticket and allow you to bring safe, satisfying meals for yourself.

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Is there a group rate?

Yes! Email [email protected] for groups of 5 or more.

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Shine Retreat

$100.00$135.00

The Shine Retreat is happening!

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. // John 1:5

Get your ticket to the Shine Retreat at various locations:

Kansas City, KS (Midwest) on June 7-8th
Houston, TX (Texas) on Aug 2-3rd
Nashville, TN (Southern) on Sept 6-7th
Annapolis, MD (Northeast) on Oct 11-12th
Dublin, Ireland (Ireland) on Nov 8-9th or 15-16th

With time allocated for personal reflection time as well as two nights of adoration, vigil Mass, and three meals, this retreat is for you.

Fill out the form and grab your ticket! (Check below for schedule, FAQs, and additional retreat info.)

Early Bird Ticket is $135
Price increases to $150 one month before Retreat date

Ireland Early Bird Ticket is $100
Price increases to $115 one month before Retreat date

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The Shine Retreat is happening!

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. // John 1:5

Pick from a few different retreat options and join us:

Come pray with us, celebrate the liturgy with us, and remember what it means to shine with God’s love. With time allocated for personal reflection time as well as two nights of adoration, vigil Mass, and three meals, this retreat is for you.

Early Bird Ticket is $135
Price increases to $150 one month before Retreat date

Ireland Early Bird Ticket is $100
Price increases to $115 one month before Retreat date

Schedule:

Day 1//
Friday at 6pm Registration Opens
Friday at 7pm Session I Begins
Friday until 9pm Night 1 Ends

Day 2//
Saturday at 8am Breakfast
Saturday at 9am Session II Begins
Saturday at 9pm Shine Retreat Ends

FAQs:

  • Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for women 18+ who:
+ are searching for community
+ are looking to rekindle your faith
+ is a woman in need to peaceful prayer time
+ is a woman yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord

  • What is included in my retreat ticket?

You will receive a light dinner on Friday evening, three meals and snacks all day Saturday as well as sessions, adoration, confession, praise and worship, vigil Mass, and beautiful sisterhood. You also will receive a beautiful welcome packet with a prayer journal.

  • I bought a ticket, but I can’t come. Can I get a refund?

We cannot issue refunds, but you can look to sell your ticket via social media, Blessed is She regional facebook group, or your friends.

  • What do I need to come with?

Your Bible, your heart, and your laughter.

  • Where should I stay? 

There are many hotels in the area! Here are a couple favorites:

Midwest//
Airport:
MCI Kansas City International Airport

Hotels:
-Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center
8741 Ryckert St, Lenexa, KS 66219

-SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kansas City Lenexa/City Center
17190 W 87th St, Lenexa, KS 66219

-Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Olathe
10401 S. Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, Kansas, 66061, USA

Southern//
Airport:
Nashville International Airport (BNA)

-Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
1800 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

-Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
2400 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

-Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
1801 Hayes St, Nashville, TN 37203

Houston//
Airport:
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Hotels:
– Staybridge Suites Houston Willowbrook – Hwy 249
18828 TX-249, Houston, TX 77070

– Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW/Willowbrook
7979 Willow Chase Blvd, Houston, TX 77070

– Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Willowbrook
7815 Willow Chase Blvd, Houston, TX 77070

Northeast//
Airport:
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Hotels:
-Hampton Inn & Suites Annapolis
124 Womack Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401

-Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis
305 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21401

-SpringHill Suites by Marriott Annapolis
189 Admiral Cochrane Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401

Ireland//
Accommodations: Emmaus Centre (Please contact Julie at the Emmaus Centre directly to book your accomodations by clicking here.)

Single rooms:
€55/person for one night (either Friday night or Saturday night)
€100/person for the 2 nights (includes breakfast both days for a single room)

Twins room (2 beds):
€50/person/night or €90/person/both nights

  • What about my food allergies?

We are able to accommodate gluten free and vegetarian diets. If you are vegan or have severe food allergies, we are happy to refund a portion of your ticket and allow you to bring safe, satisfying meals for yourself.

  • Is there a group rate?

Yes! Email [email protected] for groups of 5 or more.

Additional information

Retreat Location

Phoenix Feb 22-23rd, Kansas City June 7-8th, Nashville Sept 6-7th, Houston Aug 2-3rd, Annapolis, MD Oct 11-12th, Ireland Nov 8-9th, Ireland Nov 15-16th

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