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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:
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.

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.

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.

Rachel Leininger // MD Speaker

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Rachel Leininger serves as a full-time mama, speaker, and author. She wrote a book for your high school-aged friends called ‘The Next Step: A Catholic Teen’s Guide to Surviving High School’ and would really like to be Joanna Gaines when she grows up. Some of her favorite things include Cardinals baseball, being outside but not doing anything, coffee, the virtue of Chastity, and baked goods. She and her professional nerd husband, David, live in St. Louis, MO with their two hilarious and adorable baby girls. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @raleininger.

Sister Maria Kim-Ngân Bùi, FSP // MD Speaker

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Sister Maria Kim Bui is a Daughter of Saint Paul, women religious dedicated to evangelization in and through the media. She is originally from Tempe, AZ, spent most of her fourteen years in religious life in the northeast, some time in Texas, and now was recently asked to serve as the director of marketing and sales at the Sisters’ publishing house in Boston. Find out more about her at vocations.daughtersofstpaul.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.

Sister Mary Rachel Capets // TN Speaker

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Sister Mary Rachel Capets, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia. She currently serves as the Local Prioress of Saint Cecilia Motherhouse in Nashville, Tennessee as well as the Dean of Education at Aquinas College, Nashville. Sister has taught in schools throughout the US and in Australia. She recently received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame, Australia focusing on pilgrimage as a means of formation for the Catholic educator.

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.

Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk // MD Chaplain

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Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. was born and raised in Connecticut. He entered Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2010, and after completing his studies at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, was ordained a priest in 2017. After his ordination, Fr. Jacob Bertrand served as the assistant chaplain at Dartmouth College for one year. Currently, Fr. Jacob Bertrand lives in Washington, DC and is Director of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. In his free time, Father like to run and play racquetball, read fiction, especially written by Catholic authors, and listen to Americana and folk music.

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!

Sarah Buckham // Ireland Worship

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Sarah is a worship leader originally from Abbotsford, BC. She attended Trinity Western University where she studied Communications and Catholic Studies and discovered a new personal relationship with Jesus. Following a call from the Lord she moved to Ireland where she now works full time, leads worship and frequently pretends like she knows how to pronounce anything Irish. Other than coffee, videos of babies laughing, and the sound of rain, what makes Sarah most excited is seeing people experience intimate and wild encounters with Jesus especially in and through worship.

#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?

Annapolis//
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

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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$150.00

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:

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:

  • The Northeast Retreat is in Annapolis, Maryland at Holy Family Church on October 11-12th.
  • The Ireland Retreat is in Dublin at the Emmaus Centre for two weekends: November 8-9th and November 15-16th.

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:

Annapolis//
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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