October 21, 2020

Virtual Retreats, A Success!

Setting up for streaming Morning Prayer

Dear Family and Friends,

During these strange times, God has seen fit to expand our apostolate in an unexpected way. As we had to cancel all of our in-person retreats for the spring and summer, we began offering these retreats virtually. Although it is not the same as coming to a retreat in person, it has still born abundant fruit and reached many people that could not otherwise have attended our retreats.

The virtual retreats match our in-person schedule as closely as possible. They include video conferences which can be watched at a scheduled time with the group, or on your own time, a zoom meeting with the sisters and live Q&A session with the retreat master, and live-streamed Divine Office, Rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet with the sisters.

Sister Rita Marie is still giving book recommendations and answering tough questions during “Sister Servant Sharing”, now via zoom!

We have been blessed to have people attend from all over the United States and beyond, including Canada and several European countries! Elements of our virtual retreats, such as our recording of the Holy Rosary, have reached individuals who are homebound, in recovery facilities, or otherwise unable to come to Casa Maria, even aside from COVID.

The retreats have been on a number of topics, including prayer, growing in virtue, making good decisions, and understanding the end times. We are so grateful to our Retreat Masters for making the effort to record conferences and be available for Question and Answer periods, tackling a lot of technological challenges in the process.  By the grace of God, we hope to continue offering virtual retreats in the future for all those who, because of the coronavirus or any other reason, cannot attend a retreat at Casa Maria in person.

Sisters join the retreatants for the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Check our schedule to see which retreats are going to be streamed, even after we are back in action in person!  (With the permission of the retreat masters, some of these past retreats are still available to listen to, upon request here.)

God Bless You!

Here are some kind responses from our retreatants who attended virtually:

“What a super great retreat you organized!  …I enjoyed everything; and of course Father’s talks were so powerful.”

“What a wonderful retreat!  It was so spiritually nourishing and uplifting.  I am very grateful for all those who worked so hard to make this happen and that I could attend virtually.”

“I am deeply grateful for the gift of this retreat.  Thank you for hosting this life-changing experience!”