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Kelly Wahlquist

Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic author and speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope Francis has called us to do—to live the joy of the Gospel with missionary zeal. She is the Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, and a contributing writer for and The Integrated Catholic Life—an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work. Her book, Created to Relate: God's Design for Peace and Joy, inspires women to live fully their beautiful God-given gifts to build up the kingdom of God.Kelly travels the country speaking on the New Evangelization in an effort to encourage all to spread the message of Jesus by living the joy of the Gospel. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children. 

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Heather Renshaw

Hi, there! I'm Heather (aka Real Catholic Mom) - a Christ-seeker, wife, and mama of five little monkeys. I'm a cold coffee-drinker and unabashed loudmouth on a Mission from God to live faithfully and joyfully while keepin' it REAL.
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Bishop Liam Cary

Liam Cary was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1947, the first of John and Patricia Cary's four children.  In 1950 the family moved to Prineville, where John Cary took up the practice of dentistry and Liam attended Ochoco Grade School and Prineville Junior High School.

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Sister Maria Gemma Martek, OP

Sister Maria Gemma Martek, OP is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Born and raised in Michigan, after college Sister Maria Gemma moved to Denver, CO for graduate school.  She studied briefly in Moscow and worked in international relations and Russian refugee resettlement before returning to Michigan to enter the Dominican Sisters of Mary in 2000.  Sister Maria Gemma is currently assigned to the community’s Motherhouse in Ann Arbor. 


Facility offers:
  • Gorgeous Grounds
  • Cabin/Bunk Style Lodging Available
  • kitchen/dining room facilities
  • Beautiful Chapel
  • Perfect Landscape for Prayer and Fellowship
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Lodging is available at the retreat center for the low cost of $15/night. You can sign up for lodging on our registration page. If you do plan to stay at the Retreat Center, please plan on bringing your own linens, pillow, and towels.


Friday, June 23rd

3:00-4:45 Check-in and registration
Conference Center
5:00-6:00 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:30-7:30 Dinner Conference Center
7:30-9:00 Optional fellowship activities (i.e. Bon Fire, Bunko, etc)
Retreat Grounds

Saturday, June 24th

8:00-8:30 Rosary
8:30-9:30 Mass with Bishop Cary Chapel
9:30-10:30 Breakfast/vendor and sponsor intro (confessions offered 10-1) Conference Center
10:45-11:45 Heather Renshaw Speaks (confessions offered 10-1) Conference Center
12:00-1:15 Lunch (confessions offered 10-1) Conference Center
1:30-2:30 Sr. Maria Gemma Speaks
Conference Center
2:45-3:45 Kelly Wahlquist Speaks
Conference Center
3:45-4:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet
Conference Center
4:00-4:30 Question and Answer with Panel of Speakers, Raffle
Conference Center
4:30 Conference close
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