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Wisdom Wednesdays

Refresh your routine and find rejuvenation at Maryville’s Wisdom Wednesdays where dynamic speakers explore topics intertwined with Catholic faith. Make this mini-retreat a cherished addition to your spring schedule, providing nourishment for the soul and a fresh perspective on your faith journey. Bring friends to share uplifting dialogue, lunch and a lakeside spiritual environment. Enjoy time to reflect and explore the grounds.

Thank you to all who attended our Wisdom Wednesdays program series. Our fall programming will be posted summer 2024.


February 21
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$35 (includes lunch)

Presented by Fr. Craig Marion

Join in this Lenten program to experience the healing power of forgiveness in a deeper, more meaningful way. You will walk away with broader knowledge of what it means to forgive, a deeper understanding of God’s love for us in forgiving and the power of the Holy Spirit to unlock the bonds of unforgiveness and move us to greater freedom in our life in Christ.

Fr. Craig Marion is a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He has served at St. Paul on the Lake in Grosse Pointe Farms, St. Andrew in Rochester, St. Anne in Ortonville and is currently a priest in Solidum in the Lakes Family of Parishes serving at St. Daniel in Clarkston, MI.





Divine Mercy for Our Times!

March 20
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$35 (includes lunch)

Presented by Catherine Lanni

In each of our lives there is a need for healing, whether it be physical, mental or spiritual. It is through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Divine Mercy Itself, that we are able to receive this healing that each of us so deeply desires. Catherine Lanni will speak about her personal experience of the healing power of Jesus’ Divine Mercy, the importance of Divine Mercy in today’s world, and how this message can help bring us hope in today’s world.

Catherine Lanni's journey, from a miraculous healing to founding the Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy and establishing the Shrine of Jesus The Divine Mercy, reflects deep gratitude and a commitment to spreading the Divine Mercy message. After a life-saving encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catherine fulfilled a promise to "do something good" for Jesus, leading to the establishment of the Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy and the Sisters of Jesus’ Merciful Passion. Her dedication to sharing the Divine Mercy message is evident in her book "A Call to Trust," showcasing the power of faith and fulfilling a promise through a life devoted to serving others in the name of Divine Mercy.


Every Creature is a Word of God and a Book of God

April 17
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$35 (includes lunch)

Presented by Sr. Jacquie Keefe, CSSF & Br. Bill Carrothers, CFC

For the day, we will bring the celestial tapestry of stars, the bursting supernovas, spinning planets, shimmering Aurora Borealis, the millions of galaxies and so much more that dazzle our imaginations.  Can our minds conceive of this vastness?  Are our hearts large enough to cherish all of God's majestic creation with humility and awe?

Sr. Jacquie Keefe, Co-Director of Jericho House, focuses on Youth/Adult Leadership, Social & Ecological Justice, and Spirituality. Collaborating with Br. Bill Carrothers, she ministers across Canada, the United States, and Europe. A member of the North American Province Formation Team, she's a "GreenFaith Fellowship" graduate and has received the Franciscan Federation Award. Sr. Jacquie instructs teachers in the OECTA and co-authors programs for Jericho House Retreat Centre.

Br. Bill Carrothers, CFC, earned a Bachelor's degree in History/Political Science from Iona College after joining the Congregation of Christian Brothers. He furthered his education with a Master's degree in Political Science from Purdue University and another in Spirituality from Seattle University. After a year of teaching, he served as Principal at St. Thomas More Collegiate for six years. Additionally, he played key roles in the Christian Brothers of Canada's Leadership Team, serving as Formation Director. Br. Bill is the founder of the CYTE Community/Ministry and co-directed Jericho House with Sr. Jacquie Keefe.


Discovering Your Strengths
(Part 1)

May 1
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$35 (includes lunch)

Presented by Sr. Judith Marie Blizzard

In the initial segment of this two-part series we will explore the fundamental questions: How is God calling me? What is God asking of me?  Additionally, we’ll contemplate what it might look like to align our lives with our strengths. To facilitate this exploration, Sr. Judy will guide you in using the online Strengths Inventory assessment tool. Upon completion, you’ll receive a personalized report detailing your top five strengths, offering valuable insights into your unique qualities and potential. 


Sr. Judith Marie Blizzard is the vocation director for the Felician Sisters of North America, serving as a spiritual director in Pittsburgh. Engaged in evangelization, retreat ministry, and parish missions, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Religious Studies from Felician University and a Masters in Spirituality from Creighton University. Sr. Judith's diverse past ministries include education, leadership, vocation ministry, formation, retreat ministry, spiritual direction, and mission leadership for Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs.


Explore Your Strengths
(Part 2)

May 15
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$35 (includes lunch)

Presented by Laura Piccone-Hanchon

Everyone has a unique set and combination of talents. This combination of talents makes each person like no other. In turn, these talents are the foundation of our personal strengths. During this session, you will explore your strengths, learn more about yourself, and examine how to utilize your strengths to make the most of who you are.


Laura Piccone-Hanchon, part of the Archdiocese of Detroit's Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship Department, works in the Discipleship Formation Office, primarily serving Youth Ministry Leaders and young people with the Youth Ministry Team. An experienced workshop speaker, she addresses topics related to young people, family, service, leadership, and Living Your Strengths, for which she holds certification.