Women of Grace® Event Details
Young Women of Grace Retreat Day Malvern Retreat House
Young Women of Grace Retreat Day
“Discover Why Your Feminine Identity is So Awesome”
Saturday, July 22, 8am-6pm
8am sign in
A fun-filled day for teen girls, with inspiring speaker presentations, interactive, hands-on activities, mass, confession, fellowship, and prayer. Come and learn why your femininity is so awesome! Bring your friends!
Did you know that you were created as a woman for a unique and specific purpose? That God has a plan in mind for YOU, in this world, at this time? That He chose YOU? Living in a culture where every area seems gray and most everything is acceptable, it can be overwhelming and confusing at times as to who we are as women in regard to the world. Join us to learn why your feminine identity is so awesome and how God seeks to heal your heart through His healing power and mercy, to live as His chosen daughters. This day includes fun, interactive, hands-on activities, discussion, prayer, lunch, confession, and Adoration. Come be affirmed in your femininity and God’s endless mercy!
Young Women of Grace Retreat Schedule (TENTATIVE)
8:00am Sign in at the Family Life Center/Snack
8:45am Praise and Worship
9:00am Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
10:00am Welcome and Introductions
10:10am Ice Breaker
10:30am “Who, What, Why Am I?”
11:00am Lesson and Activity 1
11:30am A Visit with Our Lady of Guadalupe and Confessions
12:00pm Lunch and Fellowship
12:45pm Rosary Walk
1:15pm “Restore My Heart, Lord!”
1:45pm Lesson and Activity 2
2:15pm “Healing Power of the Mass”
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
3:30pm “Ponder it in Your Heart”
4:00pm Lesson and Activity 3
5:00pm “Walk in Mary’s Footsteps”
Pick up time is between 6-6:30pm in the Family Life Center. (Girls are welcome to stay on for the for the Saturday Evening Healing Service. Late pick up time is 10pm.)
For more information and to register:
Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams is Founder and President of Women of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more.
After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on EWTN Catholic radio and EWTN Catholic television for over 30 years.
Mary DillenbackMary Dillenback is co-developer of the Young Women of Grace Facilitator/Teacher Guide. She taught at the elementary school level for 26 years. During that time she developed curriculum, was a Lead Teacher for the National New Standard Project portfolio system and designed and conducted training for teachers. Her classroom teaching experience included Gifted and Talented, regular and inclusionary classroom settings. Mary serves as a facilitator for the Women of Grace Foundational Study and Regional Coordinator for New York State. She is a member of the Women of Grace Leadership Team and has helped train facilitators in several states. Mary co-chairs the Facilitator Growth and Development Task Force and serves as Regional Coordinator Liaison. She is a Third Order Carmelite, and lives on the St. Lawrence River in Fishers Landing, New York. She is married, has two sons and five grandsons.
Father Ken Geraci, CPM
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing; a few years into his career he joined a few of his co-workers in establishing a $4.5 million Internet software company. Focused on money, fitness, and success, he made little room for God; but God did not give up on him. During this journey, God presented him with challenges that forced him to question his personal beliefs and the question “What is Truth?” Through a series of conversions, years of struggle, study and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from agnosticism, to non-denominational Christianity, and ultimately back to the Catholic Church.
Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012. For two years, he served as an associate pastor of a medium sized parish and currently serves as a Missionary, webmaster and vocation director for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ken has a great understanding of the personal and societal pressures that individuals face and knows what it is like to “hate coming to church.” His mission talks are for people of all levels of faith; from those who are madly in love with Jesus to those who struggle with church and religion.