European Regional Retreat 2019

Strengthened by Grace

Hotel Ristorante Villa EUR Parco dei Pini
2Piazzale Marcellino Champagnat, Roma, EUR, 00144
November 7-10, 2019

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

Sisters in Christ,

Greetings! We are so excited to invite you to the MCCW European Regional Retreat: Strengthened by Grace. This 3-night, 4-day retreat will be held at the beautiful Hotel Villa EUR Parco dei Pini in Rome, Italy. We look forward to leaving behind the distractions of life and experiencing God’s precious Grace together. You can expect to spend time in reflection and meditation through Adoration, Confession, Mass, spiritual direction, and many forms of personal and group prayer. You will hear and participate in talks with some wonderful AMS clergy, MCCW Worldwide Leadership and guest speakers. We are thrilled to have as a very special guest speaker, Mary Lenaburg.

We hope you can make it!

Amber Humphreys and the Grace Team

European Regional Coordinator, MCCW

Full details are available on our EventBrite link including logistics, cost, what’s included and more:

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, involved in a CWOC or even Catholic – just respectful and open to learning. We have women who attend from installations where there is not an active CWOC and we would be happy to have you!  We are hoping for representation from across the European region!

How to Register

All registrations must be completed on Eventbrite. All sales will close on September 23, 2019. Space is limited. I highly encourage you to register as soon as possible. Note: You will be selecting one ticket that includes both registration & room/board (or daytripper) fees.

Attendance Options

We highly encourage you to “retreat” and spend your time for four days at the retreat center. As we realize this time frame and overnight option is not possible for everyone, we have included a day tripper price for those who cannot spend the night. It includes meals during the retreat, but not lodging.

Costs are listed below.

Cost of Attendance

Due to the nature of our ordering platform, you will select only one ticket option that includes both Registration & Room/Board. The breakdown is below.

The $100 Registration Fee is a nonrefundable per person fee paid through Eventbrite before September 23.  This covers the facility, retreat materials, hospitality rooms and on-site chapel.

Lodging and attendance options vary. Each rate includes all meals as well as coffee/tea breaks::

-$426: Single occupancy room with lodging for 4 days, 3 nights, eight meals beginning with dinner on November 7 and concluding with breakfast on November 10.

-$300: Double occupancy room (Shared room/two person occupancy)  with lodging for 4 days, 3 nights, eight meals beginning with dinner on November 7 and concluding with breakfast on November 10.

-$210: Quad occupancy room (Shared room/four person occupancy) with lodging for 4 days, 3 nights, eight meals beginning with dinner on November 7 and concluding with breakfast on November 10.

-$106: Day Tripper multi day pass over the course of four days includes eight meals but no lodging.

Note: ALL payments will be by Eventbrite or check. NO PAYPAL.

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

Paying for Registration

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 “INVOICE” PAYMENT OPTION. NO REFUNDS TO PERSONAL CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER PAYMENT HAS BEEN PROCESSED.

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

  • Choose ONLINE at Eventbrite via CC (Small Fee)
  • Choose MAIL-IN then mail a check and notate it with “European Retreat” in the memo line
    MCCW, Inc.
    PO Box 4456
    Washington DC 20017-999
  • Choose “INVOICE” if your CHAPEL is paying any or all of the registration or lodging. If your Chapel is paying, the POC needs to email the MCCW Financial Manager finance@nullmccw.org and registrar@nullmccw.org to advise the following and receive an invoice:
      • 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
      • Amount of subsidy per person being paid
      • An invoice with instructions on how to make payment will be provided once we receive your email with the information.
      • ALL payments will be by Eventbrite or check. NO PAYPAL.

Lodging

All rooms include en-suite sink, shower and toilet.  Blankets, sheets and towels will be provided. Rooms are standard European hotel rooms. If you have a preference for a roommate, all attendees should request their preferred group at time of registration.  

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. It is recommended that you bring a converter or otherwise appropriate outlet to charge any devices you may bring with you. Outlets are standard 2 prong Italian outlets and American appliances that are not dual voltage should not be brought to the retreat site.

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

About the Retreat Center

Hotel Villa Eur is located in the EUR district in Rome, the residential and business district built during the 1930s be the site of the Universal Exposition, which was planned to be held in Rome in 1942. Sadly this event never occurred due to the war and the building was vacant for many year. In 1998, the area of the building hosting the International College “Jesus Magister” underwent major restoration works to be turned into a ‘not-for-profit’ group accommodation to host the pilgrims coming to Rome for the Jubilee in 2000. For about 10 years, the accommodation was managed by the Marist Brothers and has recently been turned into an exclusive hotel with 91 rooms, located at the center of the EUR business district and managed by hospitality experts and professionals.

The hotel offers an indoor chapel and a sunroom for quiet reflection and prayer. Peace and joy abound.

Please visit their website to learn more.

Transportation

The Hotel Villa EUR is located Piazzale Marcellino Champagnat 2, Roma. Further details and directions will be provided after registration. Transportation is not included in the ticket price.

Are Children Welcome?

Nursing infants under 12 months are welcome. Please be sure to request an infant cot, should you need one.

Food Options

Meals include one dinner meal on Thursday, three meals on Friday and Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. There will also be coffee/tea breaks.  Please note we expect to have a formal banquet on Saturday evening.  Please list your dietary needs in your registration and meal selection for the banquet meal.

Refunds

Registration and lodging are complete when payment is received. Tickets are not refundable. However, we do understand unexpected situation occur.  You are able to transfer your registration and lodging to another woman.  Please contact Amber Humphreys, your regional coordinator, if you need to initiate transfer of your registration. If you are unable to find a replacement through your chapel, please submit a request to Amber Humphreys at europeancoordinator@nullmccw.org or Amber Wusterbarth at europeancomms@nullmccw.org to request sharing on our European FB page so we can let other chapels know a spot has opened up.Please note that if you have used a chapel subsidy, you may not transfer your registration to a woman from a different chapel.

Recommended Attire

Please dress comfortably but with a spirit of respect for the spiritual nature of the retreat weekend. It is mild in Rome in the fall. Anticipate mid 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need semi-formal attire for the banquet dinner on Saturday evening. There will be early morning prayer times offered, so you may like to bring something comfortable to wake-up in.

Discernment

We will have discernment for the MCCW European regional board. Here is a link of available positions and a contact sheet for you to review. More information will be provided to attendees before and during the retreat regarding discernment and open positions. Currently, the Regional Communications Coordinator and Regional Coordinator positions will be discerned at the retreat.

More Information 

Have a question or need to talk? Please email Amber Humphreys at europeancoordinator@nullmccw.org or Amber Wusterbarth at europeancomms@nullmccw.org