Blessed is She Wild Retreat
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. — John 3:8
The Blessed is She Wild Retreat is all about unleashing God’s Spirit in the lives of women. Come and find freedom, learn to live in freedom, and give freedom to other women.
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Wild Retreat Speakers & Worship Leaders
Beth Davis // Speaker
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.
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 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.
Danielle Noonan // Worship Leader
Danielle Noonan is a musician, worship leader and speaker who began leading music at the age of thirteen at her small church in East Texas. Since then, Danielle has been bringing people of all ages together using her music, testimony and storytelling. She travels the country speaking and leading worship at churches as well as performing at festivals, conferences and retreats. Danielle lives in Missouri City, Texas, with her husband Chris and their three boys.
Sister Laura Holupchinski, P.E.S. // MN Speaker
Sister Laura Holupchinski, P.E.S. has been a religious sister of Pro Ecclesia Sancta since 2014. She was born in Minnesota where she later studied social science education at Saint Mary’s University of Winona. After college, she served for two years as a missionary with NET Ministries. She then taught in Catholic elementary schools in the Twin Cities before entering Pro Ecclesia Sancta. Sister Laura has recently returned to Minnesota after completing her period of religious formation and professing her first vows this past June in Peru, where Pro Ecclesia Sancta was founded.
Laura Kelly Fanucci // MN Emcee
Laura Kelly Fanucci is a mother, writer, and project director for the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is the author of several books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and the co-author of Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling. Laura writes about parenting as a spiritual practice at her blog. You can find out more about her here.
Patty Breen // MN Speaker
Patty Breen is a full-time lay minister who finds joy in running, strong cups of coffee, and all things Ignatian spirituality. A Midwestern gal from the mitten state, she is constantly learning to find grace in all things. She is passionate about ministry to divorced Catholics and women whose relationships have been impacted by sexual addiction. You can find out more about her here.
Katie Hartfiel // TX Speaker
Katie Hartfiel is the author of several books including her most popular, Woman In Love. This work coaches women as they prepare for their vocation including prayer for their future spouse. Katie received her Theology degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She served as a youth minister for seven years in Houston, where she resides with her husband, Mark, and three daughters. The joy of her heart is getting to share the Gospel with thousands of adults and teens every year! For more on Katie, her books and your first chapter free visit womaninlove.org.
Sister Maria Guadalupe Hallee, O.P. // TX Speaker
Sister Maria Guadalupe Hallee, O.P., has been a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist since 2001. A Boston native, she studied English and French studies at Fordham University, earned a Secondary Education Certificate from Eastern Michigan University, as well as her M.Ed. in Educational Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sister has taught both middle and high school, served as an elementary school principal, and as a librarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Currently, she teaches Theology and English at St. John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, TX.
Michelle Benzinger // TX Emcee
Michelle Benzinger 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.
Tricia Tembreull // DC Emcee
Tricia Tembreull is a California girl with a Texas-size heart for hospitality. She said yes over twenty years ago to God’s call to youth ministry and could never have imagined the adventures and people she would encounter along the way. She serves as a Parish Coach for Life Teen, International traveling around the globe training, empowering, and praying with youth ministers. When not on a plane, you can find Tricia in church, spending time with family and friends, in the kitchen cooking up something delightful, or on the beach taking in the sunset.
Megan Philip // DC Speaker
Megan Philip is the Coordinator of Campus and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Washington. She is a recent MTS graduate from the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. She is passionate about helping women discover their authentic beauty (inside and out) as beloved daughters of God. Recently she’s enjoyed modeling in DC Fashion Week, blogging with her husband for the USCCB’s “For Your Marriage” website and playing volleyball whenever she can.
Sister Colleen Mattingly // Ireland Speaker
Sister Colleen Mattingly grew up in Florida, graduated from high school and went to Florida State University where she shocked family and friends by discovering she had a call to religious life. She received a Master’s Degree in Theology and thoroughly enjoyed teaching secondary school religion for 6 years before she was asked to help found a mission in Waterford, Ireland. While she misses the classroom, she is eager to be God’s vessel wherever He should lead her. So far, she has enjoyed participating in Youth 2000 retreats, teaching theology of the body, helping lead a women’s group in Waterford and evangelizing by chatting with the locals. She loves people, chocolate, nature, music, reading, and spending time with the Lord.
Méabh Carlin // Ireland Worship Leader
Méabh Carlin is a primary school teacher from County Armagh who had a profound experience of God’s love and mercy at World Youth Day in Madrid, inspiring her to share the beauty of the Catholic faith with others and write music. Méabh has recorded two albums of original music and spoken at events both locally and internationally. Méabh has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Saints, including Saints Thérèse, Josephine Bakhita, Mary Magdalene, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Maria Goretti.
Emma Sisk // Ireland Speaker
Emma Sisk is a journalist from Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Raised Catholic, her faith took on a deep meaning after she experienced Christ’s amazing love at a youth retreat at age 17. Emma studied Theology with Media and Communications and currently works as a communications officer for the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference. Emma has a heart for evangelization, the pro-life movement and helping young women come to know God’s love for them.
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
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is the Wild 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
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.
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.
What do I need to come with?
Your bible, your heart, and your laughter.
Where should I stay?
For St Paul, MN Retreat:
Holiday Inn Downtown Saint Paul: 175 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 225-1515, https://www.ihg.com/
Best Western Capital Challenge: 161 St Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55103
Phone: (651) 227-8711, https://www.bestwestern.com/
For AirBnB searches: nearby neighborhoods are: Merriam Park, Union Park, Snelling/Hamline, Tangletown, MacGroveland. Do not recommend going north of interstate 94
For Houston, TX Retreat:
Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land
16730 Creekbend Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Sugar Land/Lake Pointe
16740 Creekbend Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square
16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
William P. Hobby Airport, Houston
For Washington, D.C. Retreat:
Courtyard by Marriott Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol
1325 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol
1225 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Air bnb/vrbo neighborhoods: Brookland
For Dublin, Ireland Retreat
From the Emmaus Centre:
Nearby accommodations for retreat attendees include the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords, Travelodge and Clayton Hotel near the airport, and Glenmore House, 44 Main Street, and Kettles Country House which are B&Bs in Swords. There are a few AirB&B options locally too, if there were a group of women traveling together.