Retreat for Mothers


Retreat:“The Song of Motherhood: Vocation and Spiritual Path”

Motherhood is a way of life for countless women. Come and learn how it is also a vocation by which God calls us to holiness and a participation in God’s creative, redemptive work.  Come away and rest in this peaceful retreat setting, as we explore the gifted calling of motherhood. Based on The Mother’s Calling: Love in the Heart of the World (Paulist Press 2011) and the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Location:     Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, California
Date:            May 28, 2011, 9am to 4pm
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Retreat Director Julie Paavola, MA, is an author, spiritual director and inspirational speaker. Her new book is The Mother’s Calling: Love in the Heart of the World, (Paulist Press, 2011). It is a summons to Christian women to see themselves as part of the long tradition of holy women in Scripture, and to know the unique beauty of the mother’s calling and respond with trust and joy. Julie’s is trained in the contemplative practice of Carmelite spirituality and as well as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. She is bilingual and enjoys giving retreats in Spanish as well as English. To celebrate the example and lives of the saints, she does monologue performances of St. Paul, St. Teresa of Avila and many other saints. She has worked in Religious Education, social justice and outreach and speaks on many subjects, such as prayer and discernment, peace and justice, stewardship and family life. Julie is blessed to live in Northern California with her husband and two children.



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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