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Join powerful, life-giving retreat for women in our diocese

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Fear is all around us. From the pandemic and bad economic news to job insecurity and family stress, your life may be full of anxiety right now. Women needing to step back from the noise of the secular world, a refreshing reset, or a spiritual boost are invited to “Freedom from Fear,” a women’s overnight retreat May 1 to May 2 in Springfield.

04 04 2021 Freedom from Fear womens feb. retreatIn February, the first “Freedom from Fear” event included many women, all of whom said the experience was positive and just what they needed during such an anxiety filled time in their lives.

“Next to my wedding day, I haven’t experienced so much overwhelming joy — so worth the weekend!” said Tricia Skrodenis, who participated in the February retreat.

“I am so thankful for this retreat,” added Kate Pruemer, who also participated in the first retreat. “It was exactly what I needed when I didn’t even know what I needed. I gained so much insight into my heart and my struggles in such a short amount of time. It was truly amazing.”

Sisters from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George (based in Alton), in collaboration with other lay women, lead the retreat, accompanying women as they acknowledge the deepest desires of their heart and face the fears that keep them from knowing the love of the Father. There will be presentations, group discussions, personal prayer, and reflection time. There will be Mass, confession, and adoration. Women will experience silence and prayer, laughter, and maybe even some tears. The 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, May 1 at 9 a.m. and concludes Sunday, May 2 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 (April 30) is also available for an additional $50. Go to to register.