Women of Grace® Event Details

Benedicta Institute for Women Spring Week-Long Immersive: "Who is Woman? The Journey from Eve to Mary

Who Is Woman? The Journey from Eve to Mary (3 equivalency credits)

Instructor: Donald Wallenfang, PhD, OCDS

This course will explore the mystery of woman through Catholic teaching and insights from leading Catholic scholars on femininity. Drawing from the works of Gertrud von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, Prudence Allen, and, above all, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, students will discover the essence of the feminine genius in contrast to the cultural confusion that obscures the true nature of woman today. A journey will be made from the fallen disobedience of Eve to the redemptive obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We will be joined by Bishop William Waltersheid, Spiritual Advisor to Women of Grace, who will minister to us through out the week with daily mass, confession, and counsel.

We will also be joined by Program Leader, Johnnette Benkovic Williams, Founder and President of Women of Grace and the Benedicta Institute for Women.

Necessary Course Texts to purchase:

Stein, Essays on Woman

Le Fort, The Eternal Woman

Hildebrand, The Privilege of Being a Woman

Wallenfang, Phenomenology

Wallenfang, Metaphysics

The Women of Grace® Benedicta Institute for Women is a program that provides women with the opportunity to acquire certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership. No matter which level of endeavor a woman desires, this program will help her attain her goal, and assist her to “aid humanity in not falling.” (The pre-requisite for registering for the Benedicta Institute for Women is graduation from the Full of Grace Foundational Study Program.)

The mission of the Women of Grace® Benedicta Institute for Women® is to educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be leaders and mentors of the day by way of the Feminine Genius and their gift of spiritual maternity.

The purpose of Certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership through the Benedicta Institute for Women® is found in the Institute’s motto, agere sequitur esse (doing follows being). The woman who receives the Certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership will be formed and shaped according to the heart and mind of Holy Mother Church in the fullness of the Feminine Genius, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the spiritual and leadership formation provided, she will be imbued with the Marian character, confidence, and skill to bring Jesus Christ to the world and the world to Jesus Christ, no matter her position or state in life. In so doing, she will do much to “aid humanity in not falling” and to create a civilization of love.

Benedicta Institute for Women Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellation requests must be made in writing, and you must send it via email to this
    address, Benedicta@womenofgrace.com, and receive confirmation your email has been
  • Registration Fee- The registration fee is not refundable, as it is an administrative cost for
    record creation and management of your account.
  • Tuition- Tuition for the Benedicta Institute for Women is non-refundable but is
    transferrable for upcoming offerings. A credit will be placed on your Benedicta Institute
    participant account, and you may use that credit towards another week-long immersive or
    any of the other online or in-person opportunities that will be available.
  • Room and Board- If applicable, pre-paid room and board costs will be refunded if
    cancellation occurs no later than 45 days prior to the event date.
  • Exceptions may be made to this cancellation policy and will be reviewed and negotiated
    on a case-by-case basis.

Event Date/Time(s)

START: Monday, April 22 at 3:00 PM US/Eastern
END: Sunday, April 28 at 11:00 AM US/Eastern

Event Information

COST: Tuition, Registration, and Room and Board (6 nights): $2015 (Commuter Rate: $1680)
Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center
1300 US Highway 1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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Event Speakers

  • Johnnette Benkovic Williams

    Johnnette 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.
  • Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD

    Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and Academic Advisor for the Benedicta Institute. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his PhD in systematic theology from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Catholic theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, and sacramental theology. Wallenfang served in full-time Catholic youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-three years and has six children.