Western Regional Retreat 2019

Strengthened by Grace

Madonna Retreat Center
4040 Saint Josephs Place NW, Albuquerque, NM
Mar 8-10, 2019

“Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1

Come to the Land of Enchantment to attend the 2019 MCCW Western Regional Retreat: Strengthened by Grace, to be held March 8-10 at the Madonna Retreat Center in Albuquerque, NM. Come, leave behind the distractions of military life to experience His grace and a conversion of heart that is critical to deepening one’s faith.

We will retreat in reflection and meditation through Adoration, Confession, Daily Mass, Divine Mercy, and many forms of personal and group prayer.  Our Retreat Leader will be Sr. Paula Gallagher, IHM, who will lead us in discovering Amazing Grace, Amazing Love.  We will be joined, as well, by Military Chaplains and MCCW Leadership who will help us discern a new regional board for the coming two years.

We hope you can join us for this time away to fill your cup –

Blessings,

Eleanor Gentilini
Interim Western Regional Coordinator
MCCW Director at Large
Directoratlarge2@nullmccw.org

Eligibility

If you are a female, 18 and older, AND affiliated with the military (all branches-active, guard, reserve, dependent, retired, DoDEA, contractor) – we would be honored to have you attend this retreat! Please note: You do not need to be a leader in your community or a member of a CWOC, we do have women who attend from installations where there is not an active CWOC and we would be happy to have you!

How to Register

All registrations must be completed on Eventbrite by midnight on February 22, 2019 MST. It is best to register as soon as possible.

Cost of Attendance

The Registration Fee is a $75 nonrefundable per person fee including retreat materials, speakers and hospitality beverages. This should be paid through Eventbrite before February 22. Room and board options are separate and include:

-$200: 3 days, 2 nights with double room occupancy ($125 per person plus individual registration)

-$250: 3 days, 2 nights with single room occupancy ($175 plus individual registration)

-$150: Commuter pricing includes the meals, guest speakers, and all MCCW swag items. ($75 plus individual registration)

Please indicate, on your registration, if you have any food allergies.

Paying for Registration

When completing online registration make one of the following payment selections:

  • Choose ONLINE at Eventbrite via CC (Small Fee $11-17)
  • Choose MAIL-IN/INVOICE then mail a check and notate it with “Western Retreat” in the memo line
    MCCW, Inc.
    PO Box 4456
    Washington DC 20017-999
  • If your CHAPEL is paying by invoice please read and choose “MAIL-IN / INVOICE” ticket
    Chapel Subsidy Payments – Chapels pay by electronic transfer.

      • Chapel Name (Base/Post)
      • POC: Parish Coordinator and/or CWOC President (Please include emails and or phone numbers.)
      • Names (& contact info) of registrants receiving a subsidy and the amount
      • PO Request: Date Approved
      • Date of payment by DFAS – Ask your Chapel NCOIC to communicate with DFAS on the payment date.
      • Amount of subsidy per person being paid
      • An invoice will be provided once we receive your email with the information.Local Chapel CWOC/MCCW presidents please email the MCCW Financial Manager finance@nullmccw.org and registrar@nullmccw.org to advise the following:

NOTE – PLEASE CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR CHAPEL WILL FUND YOUR RETREAT BEFORE YOU PROCESS A PERSONAL PAYMENT. IF ANY PORTION OF YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE PAID WITH CHAPEL FUNDS, PLEASE CHECK THE “MAIL-IN/INVOICE” PAYMENT OPTION. NO REFUNDS TO PERSONAL CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER PAYMENT HAS BEEN PROCESSED.

Lodging

Rooms each have a sink with mirror and two twin beds, sharing a dorm-style bathroom down the hall.

Attendees requiring a room alone, pay a single price as listed above.

Bring personal items, spiritual items (rosary, bible, veil/pashmina), toiletries, medication, jacket and any additional comfort items. We also recommend bringing earplugs if you have trouble sleeping with roommates.

Selecting a Roommate

All roommate preferences should be noted on Eventbrite. Please ensure your preferred roommate indicates you as her roommate also. If you are attending and do not specify a roommate, the Retreat Registration Chair will assign a roommate. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

About the Retreat Center

At Madonna Retreat Center, our Mission is to make space and services available to individuals and groups in an atmosphere conducive to Christian renewal, human development, and personal growth. Our goal is to provide a place where one can reach for truth, engage in dialogue, and pursue personal reflection and growth in an atmosphere of peace and comfort. They have a chapel, conference rooms, lounge, small gift store and walking paths.  We will find peace and quiet for our retreat with breathtaking vistas of God’s beautiful creation.

Check-In

Check-in will be offered twice for those attending the whole event and to accommodate our commuters.

Friday, March 22 at 5 pm: 

Saturday, March 23 at 8-8:45 am

Please consider bringing cash/checks as there will be items available for purchase and daily mass offerings taken during the retreat.

Transportation

Details on transportation options and directions will be provided upon registration.

The retreat address is 4040 St. Joseph’s Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Phone: 505 831-8197   Website: http://retreatabq.org/    Email: madonnacenter@nullarchdiosf.org

Are Children Welcome?

The Madonna Center welcomes non-mobile/nursing babies are welcome. There will be a nursing space available, but no cribs – if required please bring one.  Please remember that babies making any noise during a presentation should be taken out of the room in respect for our speakers, clergy and other retreatants.

Food Options

Meals include 1 dinner meal on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday and 1 breakfast meal on Sunday. Registration also includes coffee and tea during the retreat. Please list your dietary needs when you buy your tickets on Eventbrite.

Refunds

Registration is complete when payment is received. The Registration Fee is not refundable. However, we do understand unexpected situation occur.  You are able to transfer your registration to another woman.  Please contact your regional coordinator if you need to initiate transfer of your registration.

Recommended Attire

Please dress comfortably but with a spirit of respect for the spiritual nature of the retreat facility.  Albuquerque has a high desert climate (5000’).  Temperatures in March will range from 35-60 degrees.  Bring a sweater/jacket and comfortable shoes.

Discernment

We will have discernment for the MCCW Western regional board. Here is a link of available positions and a contact sheet for you to review. More information will be provided at the retreat regarding discernment and the positions.