"You are My Beloved" Women's Retreat

Women at the SPO Beloved Retreat

We were blessed to have the opportunity to take around 40 women on a women's retreat last weekend. We were even more excited to be joined by two sisters from the religious order Pro Ecclesia Sancta! We spent a wonderful 24 hours at the Koinonia Retreat Center in South Haven, Minnesota. While on the retreat the women heard several talks on how the three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) love each of us and what freedom that love brings us. On top of the talks, we had a bonfire and chanted Liturgy of the Hours Night Prayer by the lake at the retreat center, which was BEAUTIFUL!! It was an overall amazing weekend, and we expect it will continue to bear fruit in the weeks to come.

I had a truly amazing experience at this year’s Beloved Retreat. This was my first women’s retreat and I have never felt more blessed to be living in a community with such amazing and beautiful sisters in Christ. Each talk about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all so powerful and insightful. I had never before thought so deeply about the Father’s love for us and how deep it truly runs. One thing from the retreat that really rang within me was that we have to “cultivate our relationship with God.” The light bulb magically hovering over my head all of a sudden flicked on! To have a good relationship with someone, we need good communication, to listen and to understand, to learn about them and spend time with them, to trust them, to love them. Why wouldn’t all of these concepts apply to God? I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time with my sisters and God, thinking back on the retreat just warms my heart. I can’t wait to “cultivate” my relationship with God and am so excited to get to know Him better! I really couldn’t feel more blessed and am so thankful to be a Beloved daughter of Christ.
— Bonnie B., Student from the University of Minnesota