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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:
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.

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.

Sister Mariae Agnus Dei // Ireland Speaker (November 8-9)

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Sister Mariae Agnus Dei graduated from the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working in intensive care, she entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. She professed her final vows in 2015. Sister currently serves as the local superior of St. Frances de Chantal Convent in the Bronx in the work of formation as the director of postulants for the community. She has a twin sister, loves outdoor adventures of any kind, and her favorite color is sparkle! These days, her favorite title of Our Lady is Mary Mother of Tenderness.

Sister Mara Grace // Ireland Speaker (November 15-16)

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Sister Mara Grace is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, commonly known as the Nashville Dominicans, and has been since she moved from Kentucky to enter the convent in 2006. After teaching primary school, serving in the vocation office, and assisting with the formation of the novitiate sisters, Sister moved to Limerick, Ireland in 2016 where she currently serves at St. Saviour’s Dominican Parish with Sr. Rose Miriam and Sr. Caitríona. Besides the exciting adventure of learning how to administer a parish and say the ‘Our Father’ in Irish, Sister Mara Grace can never get enough of venturing around the Emerald Isle. Her favorite saint is Our Lady of Limerick (check out the story of her statue on http://www.stsaviourslimerick.com/devotions/).

Sister John Mary // Ireland Speaker (November 15-16)

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Sister John Mary was born and raised in Calgary, Canada and studied history at Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario.  She was inspired by the teaching and witness of St. John Paul II in her post-college years and was a vocation from World Youth Day Toronto in 2002.  She entered the Sisters of Life in 2005 and professed perpetual vows in 2013.  She has served in Toronto and New York in various apostolates of the community: pregnancy help, post-abortion healing, evangelization and retreats.  She is currently serving as the Vicar General of the community and resides at the Motherhouse.  Sr. John Mary loves new adventures, traveling, riding public transit systems in foreign countries and obscure trivia of any kind!

Father Joseph Mary Deane, CFR // The Light Shines, November 8

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Father Joseph, a member of the Franciscans of the Renewal, was born in Washington, DC and graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a philosophy and theology degree and joined the friars in 1996. After his time in NYC, he was stationed in Texas and the deserts of New Mexico and is now assigned to St. Patrick Friary in Moyross. Along with his brothers, Father seeks to work with the local people and help them experience the love and joy of Jesus and our Catholic faith.

#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?

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

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:

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.)

Ireland Early Bird Ticket is $100

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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 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.

Ireland Ticket is $100

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:

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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