Practicing and Teaching Forgiveness Retreat

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February 15-16, Alverna Center, Winona

*To register online please see the bottom of this page

  • Do you have someone in your life you need to forgive?
  • Have you heard that God wants us to forgive…but you simply don’t know how?
  • Are you uncertain as to what exactly forgiveness is?
  • Did you know that Jesus Christ can help you desire to forgive someone, and help you through the process of forgiveness?

We all have someone in our lives we need to forgive, and knowing how to do so can be difficult. Forgiveness doesn’t take away the wrong—in fact, it affirms that someone has done wrong against you—but it is an act of deliberately inviting God into the situation that allows and enables the ones forgiving to move forward with their lives.  This short overnight retreat is meant to help a person learn why disciples of Christ are urged to forgive, how we prayerfully practice forgiveness with God’s help, and how to share the gift of teaching others how to forgive. Retreatants will have the opportunity to practice a private prayer exercise of forgiving another person in your life of wrongdoing.

The retreat runs Friday evening through Saturday mid-afternoon. Conference will be interspersed with meals, silent prayer, and Saturday morning Mass.

Retreat Cost: $30 for retreat, $85 for retreat with overnight stay

A Promotional Flyer for this event can be found here. 

Retreat team:
 Susan Windley-Daoust, PhD, is a married laywoman, mother of five, former Theology professor for 22 years at Saint Mary’s University and University of St. Thomas, and serves as a spiritual director. She currently serves the Church as the Director of Missionary Discipleship for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

Fr. Jeff Dobbs is the Director of Spiritual Life at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona where his primary ministry is spiritual direction. He has a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat ministry from the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE.