Diocesan News

Mother’s retreat planned

‘The Gospel of Joy for Women - In the Spirit of Pope Francis and Our Lady’
to be held May 8-9 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

WAVERLY (SNR) - All women, especially mothers, are invited to a retreat May 8-9 with Teresa Monaghen on the “Gospel of Joy for Women - In the spirit of Pope Francis and Our Lady!” 

The retreat will be based on the message of Pope Francis from his recent writing on the “Gospel of Joy” and how it relates to women and motherhood. Using brief scenes from the movie “Mary of Nazareth,” Monaghen said the retreat’s sessions will highlight a mother’s role in evangelizing her children and witnessing to them “the indescribable and glorious joy of encountering Jesus!”

She added that all are invited to pray with this key passage: “Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)

Teresa Monaghen, AO, is a consecrated woman of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates, and full-time promoter of the Pro Sanctity Movement, assisting people of all ages on their journey of holiness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Rome and a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, where she teaches Marian Spirituality. Teresa lives in Elkhorn, and directs the Pro Sanctity Retreat Center and Camp Fun and Faith for girls.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers catered meals, 50 single rooms with  private baths, and a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration, the sacraments. 

The mothers’ overnight retreat will begin with a rosary at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, and end with 6 p.m. supper Saturday, May 9.
The retreat is open to women of all ages, including those who are not mothers.  The suggested donation is $100, but no one is refused for inability to pay. 

To take a tour, see the full retreat schedule, or register online, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com or contact Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-786-2705.

Father Gary Coulter, director of the retreat house, suggested all please “consider making the retreat a Mother’s Day gift for the mom, mother or grandmother in your life!”

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