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Nurturing Life's Blessings

“Everywhere I go I am hearing praise for Siena.”

- Retreat Participant

Path through woods

Embrace and nurture life’s blessings, all of them, in a retreat tailored to your individual encounter with the Holy. 

This retreat for women includes a daily meeting with a director, time for solitude, and the opportunity to gather with others for prayer.

This year’s theme, “Living Wholeheartedly,” will be the focus of morning and evening prayers.  While this is a silent retreat, there will be designated optional times for sharing with each other.

Sunday, July 23—Saturday, July 29, 2017
The retreat begins on Sunday at 3:30pm and concludes with the noon meal on Saturday.


Karen Breunig has been in the healthcare field for 30 years as a nurse and later a chaplain. She has facilitated bereavement support groups and is a spiritual guide, having graduated from Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. Karen is also a hospice volunteer for a program entitled “No One Dies Alone” at the Aurora Hospital in Burlington, Wisconsin. She is an associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and believes that the journey through life is to awaken the spirit within us and allow ourselves to see the surprises that abound.

Miriam Brown, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican, is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, presenter on current spirituality themes and team member of the Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. She has an eye for the Spirit’s movement in the world and in the graced unfoldings of each person’s deep and precious life.

Marianne Kempa, SSND, a School Sister of Notre Dame, is currently serving as a Minister of Pastoral at the SSND Health Care Center. Marianne is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at Siena Retreat Center and continues to offer guidance to spiritual companions. She welcomes companions to embrace the ‘star within’ and celebrate God’s abundance. She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, as well as degrees in Administration and Elementary Education.

Diane Poplawski, OP, a Racine Dominican, has been active in vocation ministry at national and community levels and has ministered with Native Americans. She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. Diane currently works at Siena Retreat Center in the Development Office. Diane resonates with Native American teachings and the prophet Micah’s invitation to “act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly....”

Sandra Schmitz, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa. With graduate degrees in Education (Cardinal Stritch College) and Administration (University of Dayton), Sandy has ministered as teacher, principal and parish Pastoral Associate. She completed her CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She recently retired after many years as chaplain at St. Mary's hospital in Madison, WI. Sandy is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Program and is currently is a spiritual guide and hospital and nursing home volunteer.

Lorrita Verhey, SSND, has served as teacher and Family Nurse Practitioner with the poor, with persons with chronic mental illness, immigrants and managed an outpatient clinic in Ghana, Africa. While teaching in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois, she completed the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at Siena and an internship at Claret Center in Chicago where she currently offers spiritual guidance. She has offered retreat days in with a particular interest in the integration of creation spirituality in holistic daily living.

Linda Wieser, OSF, a Franciscan sister, is a holistic body therapist, spiritual director, and Certified Personal Life Coach, who focuses on the whole person, integrating the healing of body, mind, spirit, and emotions. She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University and has done extensive study in body therapy and spiritual direction.

Cost of $485 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, spiritual direction, overnight accommodations, and meals. 

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July 23 to July 29

$50.00 deposit required
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