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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 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:
Phoenix, AZ (Southwest) on Feb 22-23rd
Kansas City, KS on June 7-8th
Houston, TX (Texas) on Aug 2-3rd
Nashville, TN (Southern) on September 6-7th
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. Find out more about her here.

Fr. Rob Clements // Chaplain

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Fr. Rob Clements is a convert to the Catholic Faith. Following sacred ordination in 1990, Fr. Clements has served the Diocese of Phoenix in a number of pastoral and educational settings prior to his current assignment as the Director of the All Saints Catholic Newman Center at Arizona State University. He has served on the Priest Placement Board, the Board of Directors for Phoenix Natural Family Planning, and the Catholic Community Foundation.

Michelle Benzinger // 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.

Heather Khym // Speaker

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.

Ike Ndolo // Worship Leader

Ike Ndolo was born in Missouri, after his parents moved to the United States from Nigeria. 

Inside Ike's home rang hymns from his mother and songs of struggle and freedom from Bob Marley and the Wailers and everything in between. 

This is where Ike's love of music started to grow.

Ike Ndolo was born in Missouri, after his parents moved to the United States from Nigeria. Inside Ike’s home rang hymns from his mother and songs of struggle and freedom from Bob Marley and everything in between. In 2009 Ike released his first record, We are the Beggars produced by songwriter and producer Robbie Seay. Ike’s sophomore record is a grittier collection of soulful music, which showcases Ike’s growth as a songwriter as well as his unique voice and delivery. Ike shares songs of sin, doubt, hope, and redemption.

Sister Mary Claire // Speaker

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Sr. Mary Claire of the Holy Family is a religious sister of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. After growing up on a dairy farm in Nashville, TN, she graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville and spent a year serving the Native American people of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa in Belcourt, ND, where she discerned a call to religious life. Far from giving up her love of travel to enter the convent, she has lived in North Dakota, Texas, Washington, New Mexico, and Italy, has traveled to 45 states, is now serving in the Diocese of Phoenix teaching at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School.  She loves Jesus and Mary, and her favorite saints include St. Faustina, St. Therese and St. John Paul II.  She also like all things southern, musicals, popcorn, and books.

#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 and 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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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:

Phoenix, AZ (Southwest) on Feb 22-23rd
Kansas City, KS (Midwest) on June 7-8th
Houston, TX (Texas) on Aug 2-3rd
Nashville, TN (Southern) on Sept 6-7th
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.)

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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 Southwest Retreat includes speakers Beth Davis, Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and musicians Ike Ndolo and Mary Castner.

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.

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 and 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:

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

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//
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

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

Additional information

Retreat Location

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

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