Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven Matthew 5:12

Dear Sisters in Christ,

In the midst of an uncertain year, there have been abundant blessings, too. Our shared challenges led the MCCW board to think about how we can support, accompany, mentor, and build up Catholic, military-affiliated women whose paths intersect with ours. 

One of the ways we are hoping to accompany and support you is through our at-home, regional retreats. Scheduled for Thursday, April 8-Sunday, April 11, you will experience this Spring event right in the comfort of your home.

While our five U.S. regions are hosting specific retreats, all our events are online and accessible to all women served by MCCW. If you don’t happen to live in the Pacific, Western, Central, Southeastern, or Northeastern region, you are still invited to pick a region and journey with us as we reflect on how each of us is called to embrace sainthood. 

This page is designed to prepare you to get the most out of our at-home retreat experiences. Give it a good read and make plans to join us for one or more of the activities.

Yours in Christ,

Kim Miller,
President 2020-2022

Special Event Highlights

    • MCCW Virtual Regional Retreats will run from Thursday, April 8 to Sunday, April 11 in five of our regions: Pacific, Western, Central, Southeastern, and Northeastern regions.
    • Don’t live in one of the five U.S. regions hosting a retreat? Our MCCW sisters in Europe and Asia are invited to join another region for four days of prayer and inspiration.
    • Get connected by participating in a special Prayers Sisters program, tuning in for daily housekeeping announcements, and joining a Girls Night social (where the traditional retreat group picture will be taken!)
    • Unite in faith with women around your region for special live-streamed Masses and prayer opportunities.
    • Be inspired by daily reflection readings and questions and three wonderful keynote speakers.
    • In an effort to connect with as many of our sisters in Christ as possible, we will provide content via live streams and recorded video on our website and YouTube channel for worldwide access 24/7.
    • Content on Facebook will be shared in MCCW’s private regional groups, not on our public page. We hope this encourages authentic sharing and conversation as we come together.

Join Your Heart In Prayer & Preparation

Here are some tips to help you step away from your daily stresses and immerse yourself in a time of quiet, prayer, and reflection as you prepare for your at-home retreat:

Block out the Time: Spend some time prayerfully reviewing the schedule for your region’s retreat and decide when and how you will block out the time to participate. Setting aside time may look different for each of us. We may need to pre-arrange childcare, take time off work, or delegate family responsibilities.

Prepare your Retreat Space: Dedicate a space in your home where you will participate in the retreat. Think creatively about a space where you will experience the fewest interruptions and can find the quiet you need to pray. Prepare that space by ensuring you have somewhere comfortable to sit and access the internet. A day or two before the retreat, gather items like your rosary, bible, prayer cards, or a journal that you might want during the retreat.

Make Time for Confession: A retreat is a wonderful opportunity to deepen and strengthen your relationship with God. One of the best ways to prepare for that is through receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. Make time to do this before the retreat so you will be in a state of grace and open to the work God wants to do in you during your retreat.

Pray and Reflect on the Retreat Scripture: Spend some time in prayer reflecting on Matthew 5:12, the scripture that inspired the theme for these retreats with this reflection from retired military chaplain Father Redmond Raux, the pastor of St. George Catholic Community, Patrick Air Force Base.

Get Your Swag On **ORDERS CLOSED**

Because we know how much you love retreat swag, we are offering a special $25 swag bag of saintly items available for purchase prior to the retreat. Pre-orders will be taken through March 8, to allow shipping time. The swag bag will include the following items:

  • a saintly scarf 
  • The Second Greatest Story Ever Told – Understanding Mary’s Role in Your Life – DVD by Fr. Gaitley, MIC
  • Rediscover the Saints – book by Matthew Kelly
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel scapular
  • prayer cards, and more!

Six Steps to Success

  • Join the MCCW regional Facebook group for your region of choice. You will be able to participate in any region’s group simply by joining. These are private groups where some of the virtual activities will occur. Be sure to answer the membership questions for faster access!
  • Subscribe to the MCCW’s YouTube channel. This will ensure you catch our speaker talks, Mass recordings, and even those timeless and heartfelt MCCW devotions that you have been missing since last year.
  • Don’t worry about registering!  That’s right.  You heard us. The regional retreats are free to attend and no registration is required.
  • Complete your Prayer Sister Registration Form. If you are interested in participating in a special virtual Prayer Sisters program, though, you will still need to opt-in via a regionally aligned form between March 15 -April 1.
  • Download the printable, digital program for your selected region. About a week before the event, you’ll be able to access a beautiful digital program for your region’s retreat. It will include welcome letters, schedules, daily reflections, and more, you can view and use the program online or print it out to take to your retreat space.
  • Organize a small group gathering. We know that restrictions and limits on gatherings differ from place to place. Do you live in an area where small group gatherings are allowed? If so, consider gathering your women’s ministry or a group of friends for portions of the retreat. You could gather in someone’s home or ask your local chapel or parish for a space to meet. If April weather in your area is nice, you could even consider a peaceful outdoor setting in which to gather.
CONNECT...

CONNECT...

with other Catholic military women around the globe at these social, interactive events.

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March 15-April 1

Northeastern Prayer Sisters Registration

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Schedule

April 8, 2021

4 p.m.: ETD Opening Remarks w/ the Northeastern Team

4:30 p.m EDT.: Scripture Reflection w/ Fr. Redmond Raux “Matthew 5:12”

6 p.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ West Point CWOC

6:05 p.m. EDT: Opening Mass Live with Fr. Yebra, West Point

6:30 p.m. EDT: Evening Reflection

April 9, 2021

6 a.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Fort Lee CWOC

8:30 a.m. EDT: Morning Reflection w/ Lisa Donahue

9 a.m. EDT: Morning Notes w/ Patti Ramos

10 a.m. EDT: MCCW Keynote w/ Maria Johnson “Our Companions the Saints”

12 p.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Carlisle Barracks CWOC

12:05 p.m. EDT: Friday Mass in The Octave of Easter with Fr. Peak, Carlisle Barracks

4 p.m. EDT: Faith Leader Panel

6 p.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Fort Meade CWOC

6:30 p.m. EDT: Evening Reflection

6:30 p.m. EDT  Zoom Welcome Icebreakers

7:30 p.m. EDT: Illuminated Rosary w/ Fort Meade CWOC

April 10, 2021

6 a.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Quantico CWOC

8:30 a.m. EDT: Morning Reflection w/ Lisa Donahue

9 a.m. EDT: Morning Notes w/ Patti Ramos

10 a.m. EDT: MCCW Keynote w/ Robert Gutherman “Mother Katharine Drexel Miracle”

11:00 a.m. EDT: Veneration of the Shrine of Saint Catharine Drexel w/ Patti Ramos

12 p.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Fort Belvoir CWOC

12:05 p.m. EDT: Saturday Mass in the Octave of Easter w/ Bishop Spencer

2 p.m. EDT: MCCW Keynote w/ Lynda MacFarland “Everyday Saints” 

3 p.m. EDT: Mary’s Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy  w/ Patti Ramos & Eleanor Gentilini

5 p.m. EDT: Prayer Sister Time

6 p.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Fort Drum CWOC

6:30 p.m. EDT: Evening Reflection

7 p.m. EDT: Regional Zoom Social w/ Group Photo

April 11, 2021

6 a.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ Wright Patterson CWOC 

8:30 a.m. EDT: Morning Reflection w/ Lisa Donahue

9 a.m. EDT: Morning Notes w/ Patti Ramos

12 p.m. EDT: Regina Caeli w/ New London CWOC

12:05 p.m. EDT: Closing Mass from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy w/ Archbishop Broglio, Stockbridge, MA

3 p.m. EDT: Divine Mercy Chaplet w/ Quantico CWOC 

3:30 p.m. EDT: Summary & Closing Remarks w/ Northeastern Team

3:45 p.m. EDT: Blessing Song

INSPIRE...

INSPIRE...

be inspired by speakers and interactive discussions

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March 15-April 1

Central Prayer Sisters Registration

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MASS...

MASS...

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March 15-April 1

Western Prayer Sisters Registration

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Schedule

April 8, 2021

12 p.m. MTN/11 a.m. PT: Angelus w/ Betty Calderon

3 p.m. MTN/2 p.m. PT: Regional Keynote w/ Rosemary Pino “We Have a Saint for That”

5 p.m. MTN/4 p.m. PT: Opening Mass Live from Fort Carson, CO

6 p.m. MTN/5 p.m. PT: Angelus & Evening Reflection with Cindy Foley

April 9, 2021

6 a.m. MTN/5 a.m. PT: Angelus & Daily Notes w/ Muffy Patterson

8 a.m. MTN/7 a.m. PT: MCCW Keynote w/ Lynda MacFarland “Everyday Saints”

12 p.m. MTN/11 a.m. PT: Angelus & Stations of the Cross w/ Betty Calderon

3 p.m. MTN/2 p.m. PT: Regional Keynote  w/ Elizabeth Tomlin “Embracing Joyful Momentum”

6 p.m. MTN/5 p.m. PT: Angelus & Prayer Sisters w/ Cindy Foley

7 p.m. MTN/6 p.m. PT: Wild West Regional Zoom Social

April 10, 2021

6 a.m. MTN/5 a.m. PT: Angelus, Lectio Divinia & Daily Notes w/ Muffy Patterson

8 a.m. MTN/7 a.m. PT: MCCW Keynote w/ Robert Gutherman “Mother Katharine Drexel Miracle”

10 a.m. MTN/9 a.m. PT: Regional Keynote w/Lisa Miklos “Embracing Pearls of Wisdom”

12 p.m. MTN/11 a.m. PT: Angelus & Divine Mercy w/ Betty Calderon

2 p.m. MTN/1 p.m. PT: MCCW Keynote w/ Maria Johnson “Our Companions the Saints”

3 p.m. MTN/2 p.m. PT: Illuminated Rosary

6 p.m. MTN/5 p.m. PT: Angelus & Evening Highlights w/ Cindy Foley

7 p.m. MTN/6 p.m. PT: Wild West Seminarian Zoom Social

April 11, 2021

6 a.m. MTN/5 a.m. PT: Angelus, Lectio Divinia Reflection Question w/ Muffy Patterson

9 a.m. MTN/8 a.m. PT: Closing Mass from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy w/ Archbishop Broglio, Stockbridge, MA

12 p.m. MTN/11 a.m. PT: Farewell from the Wild West Posse Wranglers (Muffy, Betty and Cindy)

UNITE...

UNITE...

as you join us for these events that unite our worldwide community of faith.

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March 15-April 1

Southeastern Prayer Sisters Registration

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Schedule

April 8, 2021

7 p.m. EDT: Opening Welcome 

7:15 p.m. EDT: Prayer Sister Connection Time

7:30 p.m. EDT: Opening Mass with Fr. John Gabriel, Fort Jackson, SC 

8:30 p.m. EDT: Scripture Reflection with Fr. Red Raux “Matthew 5:12”

8:45 p.m. EDT: Evening Reflection

April 9, 2021

7:30 a.m. EDT: Morning Notes 

9:30 a.m. EDT: MCCW Keynote w/ Lynda MacFarland “Everyday Saints” 

10 a.m. EDT Prayer Sister Connection Time

12 p.m. EDT: Angelus

12:15 p.m. EDT: MCCW Keynote w/ Maria Johnson “Our Companions the Saints”

3 p.m. EDT: Divine Mercy Chaplet

5 p.m. EDT Daily Mass w/ Fr. Andy Young, Hurlburt Field, FL

7:30 p.m. EDT: Zoom Social Night

8:30 p.m. EDT: Evening Reflection

April 10, 2021

9:30 a.m. EDT: Morning Notes

9:45 a.m. EDT Prayer Sister Connection Time

10 a.m. EDT: Mothers Prayers

11 a.m. EDT: MCCW Keynote w/ Robert Gutherman “Mother Katharine Drexel Miracle”

12 p.m. EDT Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Daily Mass/ Bishop Spencer, Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul and the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel

1 p.m. EDT Illuminated Rosary

5:30 p.m. EDT: Prayer Sister Connection Time

6 p.m. EDT: Evening Reflection

April 11, 2021

11 a.m. EDT: Seminarian Talk

12 p.m. EDT: Angelus

3 p.m. EDT: Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Closing Mass from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy w/ Archbishop Broglio, Stockbridge, MA

4:30 p.m. EDT: Closing Remarks

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PRAY...

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March 15-April 1

Pacific Prayer Sisters Registration

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