Sunday, 18 October 2020 14:42

Freedom from Fear: A Retreat for Women in Our Diocese

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What are you fearful of? Is something holding you back? How often do you turn to God when you face something fearful in your life? Women needing a spiritual boost during such an uncertain time and anxiety-filled world are in luck as the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting “Freedom from Fear,” a women’s overnight retreat Nov. 21-22.

Sister M. Consolata Crews, FSGM, the director of the Office of Ministry and Evangelization for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and Sister M. Veritas Wilks, FSGM, the director for Youth and Women’s Ministry, are running the retreat. Both are Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George (based in Alton) and are now working at the diocesan curia in Springfield.

“Who doesn’t experience fear?” said Sister M. Consolata. “In addition, we live in a time where fear is provoked and stirred up. Yet, Jesus does not want us to live in fear. We hope women can come and encounter the One — Jesus — who can give them freedom and peace from these fears. At this retreat, we will accompany women as they acknowledge the deepest desires of their heart and face the fears that keep them from knowing the love of the Father. During the retreat, we will have presentations, group discussions, personal prayer, and reflection time. We will have Mass, confession, and adoration. We will experience silence and prayer, laughter, and maybe even some tears! Our goal is for women to leave refreshed, inspired and confident to trust God to continue to help them experience freedom from fear in every aspect of their lives.”

The “Freedom from Fear” retreat begins Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. and concludes Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield (1903 East Lake Shore Drive). The cost is $135 and includes lodging, meals, bottomless coffee/tea, and materials. An optional Friday night stay (Nov. 20) is also available for an additional $50. Go to to register. The retreat is limited to 20 people.