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:
Nashville, TN | September 4-5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 grows 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.
Heather Khym has been serving in ministry since 1994. After serving for 4 years on a youth ministry evangelization team, she attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where she studied theology and Catechetics and met her husband, Jake. In 2005, Heather and Jake founded Life Restoration, a ministry which seeks to help people become fully alive and experience freedom and restoration in Jesus. Heather speaks on a variety of topics, leads retreats internationally, supports her local Archdiocesan initiatives, and cohosts the Abiding Together podcast. She is passionate about evangelization, discipleship, and creating an environment for people to have a personal encounter with God. Currently, Heather lives in Abbotsford, BC with Jake and their 3 children, Maria, Judah, and Evangeline.
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.
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 FERNANDO CAMOU
Since being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix in 2015, Father Fernando Camou’s mission territory has ranged from parishes to high schools, silent retreats to summer camps. His passion has been helping others become aware of God’s personal love and powerful mercy in their lives. This passion deepened still more when he completed training in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry at The Institute for Priestly Formation. In addition to assisting the Vocations Office of his diocese, Father is finishing a Licentiate in Liturgical Theology (STL) at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
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.
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.
Cathedral of the Incarnation | 2015 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
- Nashville International Airport (BNA)
- Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
- Embassy Suites Nashville – at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
1800 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
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