Saint Therese: Apostle of Love

March 5 – 7, 2021

“Our Father knows precisely what it is that we need, when it is we needed it,
and that He wants to lavish you his love and pour out his mercy upon us.
That’s the insight that we gain from the life of St. Therese.”
Bishop James Wall

Is your heart full? That is, full of the Father’s love and mercy? In this year of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, let us run to the Father’s unconditional love! Through the life of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Bishop Wall and Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. gives us deep insight into the profound love and mercy of our heavenly Father from her personal experiences with her own human father, Saint Louis Martin. Saint Therese teaches us that we can allow our very human experiences to lead us to love God, ourselves and others more fully!

Register for this virtual retreat with Bishop James Wall and Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. and bring God’s love into your Lenten journey. Come for a weekend filled with eye opening conferences, uplifting prayers and music with the Carmelite Sisters, and Zoom sharing time with fellow retreatants.

Surround yourself with God’s love this Lent and register today!

About the Retreat Masters

Bishop James S. Wall was ordained as the priesthood by Bishop Thomas O’Brien on June 6, 1998. He then served as parochial vicar in Phoenix and Mesa, AZ. On February 5, 2009, Wall was appointed the fourth Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico, by Pope Benedict XVI. He is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.

Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. has been a Carmelite Sister for over 50 years, and a fan of St. Therese for even longer! She received her degree in Elementary Education from Notre Dane College in South Euclid Ohio, and in Theology from Franciscan University at Steubenville. She has also taught in primary school for 37 years in California, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, and Florida. At present, she cooks and bakes at Sacred Heart Retreat House.


Reviews of Bishop James Wall’s Virtual Retreat

“Bishop Wall’s talks were excellent (as we fully expected).”
“I enjoyed the retreat master’s talks. I like hearing about the saints and virtues which we all can practice. His talks worked in conjunction with each other, and I got a lot out of them. They also dovetailed into the prayers provided by the sisters, such as the rosary. It all coordinated especially well for this retreat.”
“I truly enjoy the opportunity to have a meeting with the Sisters and fellow retreatants it inspires and enlightens me! Also, the musical meditations, the stations of the Cross, the Rosary, the night prayer, EVERYTHING!!”

Retreat Schedule (click to open)

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • 3:00 PM PST | Zoom Orientation with the Carmelite Sisters – Introductions, Virtual Retreat Tips [1 hour]
  • 5:00 PM Your Time | Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00 PM Your Time | Conference 1 by Bishop Wall
  • 8:00 PM Your Time | Night Prayer with the Carmelite Sisters


Saturday, March 6, 2021

  • 9:00 AM Your Time | Conference 2 by Bishop Wall
  • 10:00 AM Your Time | Rosary by the Carmelite Sisters
  • 3:00 PM PST | Zoom Small Group Sharing with the Carmelite Sisters [1 hour]
  • 6:30 PM PST | Zoom Prayer Reflection leading to Individual Prayer [~30 min]
  • 8:00 PM Your Time | Night Prayer with the Carmelite Sisters


Sunday, March 7, 2021

  • 11:30 AM PST | Holy Mass with the Carmelite Sisters – see Facebook LiveStream
  • 9:00 AM Your Time | Conference 3 | The Faces of Love – Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D.
  • 7:00 PM Your Time | Post Retreat Follow up, Evaluation survey, and Staying Connected


If you are unable to cover the retreat fee, please contact to discuss scholarship opportunities.

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