Welcome to the Western Regional Retreat 2023

March 17-19, 2023

Christ in Me

“I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Location: The Franciscan Renewal Center located at 5802 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale AZ 85253.

Welcome to the Western Regional Retreat. We are happy you have chosen to take this leap of faith in this new way to connect, unite and inspire. We have been apart for too long and are excited to connect with you in person, unite in our devotion to the Eucharist, and inspire you to bring that devotion back to your chapels.

Your Sister in Christ,

Erin Velasco

MCCW Western Regional Coordinator

Meals include a no-host social on Friday, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The no-host social is a BYOB and snacks.

This ticket link is for Double Occupancy two-night registration ONLY. There are other links for other options, including Single Occupancy two-night registration, and Daytripper. If you want to make arrangements for an extra night on either end, you must contact the Western Region Registrar to confirm, which will be arranged separately.

All ticket sales are complete when payment is received. Tickets are NOT refundable. However, we do understand unexpected situations occur and your ticket may be transferred to another MCCW-eligible woman. We highly encourage you to find a replacement and contact the Registrar. If you cannot find a replacement through your chapel, you can contact the Western Region Registrar for assistance in finding someone outside of your chapel–email @ westerncommunications@mccw.org.

If you are registering a group, please provide each person’s name and personal contact information. We need that to further direct communications about the retreat events.

This year we are excited to offer a few $100 registration scholarships provided by MCCW-Worldwide available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you wish to request this need-based scholarship please email finance@mccw.org.  We will award scholarships based on the email timestamp of each request.  They are limited to spouses of E5 and below and O3 and below and you will be required to provide a letter of good standing from your priest. Recipients will be notified by email of their conditional approval within a week of requesting a scholarship and then have ten days to provide any required documentation.  If you do not provide a letter of good standing by the deadline, the scholarship will go to the next person on the list.  

Retreat Location Description

The Franciscan Renewal Center (“The Casa”) is a place for spiritual growth, healing, and community that is open to everyone, regardless of faith.

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Logistics

Check-In Time: 10:00 AM

Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM

Cost

The cost for the Western Regional Retreat overnight guests is: $420/for two-night double occupancy rooms or $505/for two-night single occupancy rooms.

Day Tripper price is: $205

The cost of all retreat materials and supplies, plus lodging and limited meals are already built into the costs noted above.

Recommended Packing List

Please be sure to bring your toiletries, Bible, Rosary, any snacks that you’d like to have on hand, and a bottle of wine to share if you’d like!

Contact Info

For general support with retreat registration and tickets, please contact westerncomms@mccw.org.   If you do not receive a response in three business days, please email directorrc@mccw.org.  For information on scholarships or invoicing, please email finance@mccw.org.

Western Regional Retreat graphic with Monstrance and Western Regional wreath - with invitation to join the Western Regional Retreat in Spring 2023

All registrations must be completed on Eventbrite.

All sales will close on March 1, 2023.

Space is limited. We highly encourage you to register as soon as possible. 

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 Western region!

We highly encourage you to “retreat” and spend your time for 3 days at the retreat center. As we realize this time frame and the overnight option is not possible for everyone, we have included a day-tripper price for those who cannot spend the nights on site. It includes meals during the retreat, but not lodging.

The cost for the Western Regional Retreat overnight guests are: $420/for two-night double occupancy rooms, or $505/for two-night single occupancy room.

Day Tripper price is $205.

The cost of all retreat materials and supplies is already built into the costs stated above.

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

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

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 (*the Eventbrite ticket handling and credit card fees have already been included in the registration price)
  • Choose MAIL-IN then mail a check and notate it with “Western Retreat” in the memo line
    MCCW, Inc.
    PO Box 85
    Alpha, OH 45301
  • 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@mccw.org and registrar@mccw.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.

You will have a choice between a separate room with bathroom or a shared room with bathroom.

Lodging - The Franciscan Retreat Center - Western Regional Retreat

The Franciscan Renewal Center (“The Casa”) is a place for spiritual growth, healing, and community that is open to everyone, regardless of faith.

Please visit their website to learn more.

We recommend if you are not driving to the retreat center directly, to coordinate with Uber or Lyft.

Infants in arms are allowed.

Meals include Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. There will be a no-host social on Friday evening- be sure to bring your own snacks and/or wine.

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 Erin Velasco, 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 Erin Velasco at westerncoordinator@mccw.org to request sharing on our Western Regional 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.

The retreat grounds are mostly dirt, and while we do not plan on doing any hiking as a group, you may prefer to wear tennis shoes. Please pack attire that will meet the needs of the weather and temperature for Scottsdale, AZ.

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 to attendees before and during the retreat regarding discernment and open positions. Currently, the Regional Liturgist, Regional Communications Coordinator and Regional Coordinator positions will be discerned at the retreat.

Have a question or need to talk? Please email Erin Velasco at westerncoordinator@mccw.org.
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