RESTORE // BLESSED IS SHE RETREAT
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
The Restore Retreat took root in our hearts through months and months of prayer. We’ve felt a special move of God in our ministry, in our community, in our families, and in our own hearts.
We’ve decided to believe God at His word: that He will make a way. That He will do something new. That He will restore.
We believe it for you, too.
Through prayer, discernment, and God making a way, we are able to travel around the country to put on retreats for the community at large.
The locations for the Restore Retreat are:
Houston, TX | October 2-3
Tampa, FL | November 6-7
Restore Retreat Speakers & Worship Leaders
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.
After a profound encounter with the Lord at age 14, Mary Castner decided to take up guitar and piano, and her passion for music overflowed into song writing and recording – sharing her music for the glory of God. While attending Franciscan University of Steubenville, the university selected her as the 2010-2011 Head of Music Ministry. As the leader of over 100 liturgical musicians, Mary successfully organized one of the nation’s largest music ministry programs. Her career in ministry has led to the release of two Christian albums (“By Faith”, 2013 and “By Love”, 2017). She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and travels internationally for conferences, missions, retreats, and worship events as a speaker and worship leader with her band.
HOUSTON & TAMPA EMCEE
Michelle Benzinger is a wife, mother of 6 (4 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.
SISTER MIRIAM JAMES HEIDLAND
Sister Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home, SEEK Conferences, USCCB Convocation, Steubenville Conferences and other outlets. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun.
FATHER JOHN BURNS
Father John Burns is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Ordained a priest in 2010, he has served as an associate pastor and pastor in Milwaukee as well as an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He recently completed a doctorate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His doctoral research focuses on the theology of healing through forgiveness. He is the author of Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales and works extensively with the Sisters of Life and the Missionaries of Charity, giving retreats and conferences all over the world.
Lisa Brenninkmeyer is the founder and chief purpose officer of Walking with Purpose (WWP). WWP is a fast-growing women’s ministry which Brenninkmeyer began out of a desire to see women come to know Christ personally and as a result, over 40,000 adult women are now participating in WWP parish or small group studies. To date, Lisa has written nine Bible studies for adult women, six for young adult women as well as offerings for middle school girls. Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College. and her first book, Walking with Purpose: Seven Priorities that Make Life Work, has sold over 80,000 copies to-date. She and her husband Leo have seven
children and live in St. Augustine, Florida.
FATHER AGUSTINO TORRES
Fr. Agustino Miguel Torres is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR), a community established in the Bronx, NY and dedicated to work with the poor and evangelization. He is the President and Founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos por la Vida, apostolates dedicated to awakening and accompanying leaders in areas of great need. Fr. Agustino is a presenter on programs with EWTN “Clic con Corazon Puro” in Spanish and “ICONS” in English. He is also one of the founders of “Catholic Underground;” Casa Guadalupe and the John Paul II House—houses of discernment for women and men respectively. He is internationally sought to speak about sexuality in the context of the Doctrine of
the Church, vocational discernment, missionary discipleship, amongst others. Every year, Fr. Agustino speaks to more than 25,000 youth and millions of persons through the media.
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
PS If you have a lap baby, he or she is welcome at retreat!
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.
Bring along your bible, your heart, and your laughter.
We cannot issue refunds, but you can look to sell your ticket via social media, Blessed is She regional facebook group, or your friends.
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.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church | 750 San Salvador Dr, Dunedin, FL 34698
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)
- St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE)
- Hampton Inn Dunedin
2641 Michael Place
Dunedin, FL 34698
- USHoliday Inn Express & Suites Clearwater North/Dunedin
975 Broadway St
Dunedin, Florida 34698
- Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn
150 Marina Plz
Dunedin, Florida 34698