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A Retreat for Mothers and Daughters: Growing Together in Wisdom and Grace

May 10-11, 2019
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Overnight Retreat for Women

Retreat Title: A Retreat for Mothers and Daughters: Growing Together in Wisdom and Grace

“And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men” (Luke 2:52). So too are we called to grow emotionally and spiritually in our relationship with God and one another. This happens through the deepening of these relationships, and how we experience and relate to the significant women in our life is key.

Join us for a women’s overnight retreat for mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, nieces and aunts, sisters, cousins, friends...

Groups Attending: Individuals, Karen Steufen Group

Please call the office at 847-381-1261 to register for this retreat.

Retreat Masters:


Mrs. Mary McKeon

Mary McKeon is a member of Bellarmine's ministry staff, a spiritual director, and coordinator of women's ministry.  Mary is a graduate of Marquette University.  She taught school in Milwaukee's inner city before moving to Washington, DC to work for the United States Senate.  She and her late husband have a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and three grandsons who are the joy of her life.  Mary received her training as a spiritual/retreat director at the Jesuits' Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where she served on the ministry team and became their first Director of Women's Ministry.  In 2014, Mary was the second person to be honored with Manresa's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Catherine Palenik

Catherine Palenik grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the only child of Mary and David McKeon.  She attended an all-girls Catholic High School (Marian), then spent four wonderful years at Villanova University graduating with degrees in both sociology and history.  Catherine's graduate work was done at the University of Michigan where she received a Masters of Social Work degree.   This is where she met her husband, Christopher (now married for almost 8 years).  Catherine did geriatric social work and then served as a school social worker for several years prior to deciding to stay home with their oldest son.  Chris and Catherine now live in Geneva, IL and have three active little boys, John, Joseph and Michael, and a daughter, Mary Claire.