Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Fun Day Scheduled for January 18, 2015

The Villa is hosting a Winter Fun Day on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. There is no charge for this event, but please bring your own equipment and snack. We will provide the guides, cozy fire and warm beverages at our Wildwood Cabin. Our woodland trails are adjacent to Frontenac State Park. So, whether you want to cross-country ski, hike, walk or just enjoy a fire inside, call our office at 651.345.4582 today. Registrations preferred, but not necessary!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Early Bird Registration Now - Celebrate Women Retreat - April 24-26, 2015

Celebrate Women
Theme: You Are Standing on Holy Ground

About Our Retreat Leaders...
Pauline Lorch is an Ursuline Sister,    Educator, Retreat Leader and Trustee of the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.
Adele Brennan is an Ursuline Sister,  Educator, Retreat Leader and Trustee of the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.
Katie Himanga, Outdoor Leader  for the retreat, Certified Forester  and Trustee of the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.
Geri Timperley, Leader, Alumnae
Betsy Witt, Mindfulness Leader for the retreat and Trustee of the Villa Maria  Retreat and Conference Center.
Our Retreat Spiritual Directors
Carol Weisz, Spiritual Director
Sr. Adele Brennan, Spiritual Director

Retreat Optional Opportunities…
¨ Massage
¨ Yoga 
¨ Healing Touch
¨ Guided or Private Walks
¨ Conversations with Spiritual        Directors
¨ Meals in silence or in Conversation
¨ Conversation Circles
¨ Mass

About the Weekend Cost...
Priced reasonably to allow you a weekend of spiritual renewal and    relaxation. All meals included in cost!
Early registration
$175 shared room; $205 private room
After March 1st
$190 shared room; $220 private room

About  Our Agenda…(All Optional)
Friday Evening—5:30 p.m.
¨ Dinner
¨ Sr. Pauline: “Immensity of God’s  Love as seen in Creation” 
¨ Ice Breakers
¨ Cosmic Walk 
¨ Bonfire or Indoor Conversation Circle
Saturday—8:00 a.m.
¨ Morning Mindfulness Session
¨ Breakfast
¨ Presentation: “Awareness of the Grace of the Earth”
¨ Earth Walk (Outdoors)
¨ Lunch
¨ Holy Land Presentation  
¨ Dinner
¨ Choose an optional opportunity.
¨ Mass 7:00 p.m.
¨ Bonfire or Indoor Conversation Circle
Sunday8:00 a.m.
¨ Morning Mindfulness Session
¨ Breakfast
¨ Closing Presentation
¨  Lunch
 ¨ Departure 1:00 p.m.
All presentations will be held in the chapel.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Women's Retreat April 24-26, 2015

You Are Invited to Join Us!

2nd Annual "Celebrate Women" Retreat

April 24-26, 2015

THEME: We Are Standing on Holy Ground

Keynote Speaker: Pauline Lorch, OSU

Held at Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center

Frontenac, MN


Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

Call today to make your reservation at 651.345.4582



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Festival of Lights

You Are Invited...

 to Villa Maria's

Festival of Lights

Saturday, November 29, 2014
View the International Nativity Collection 

1-5 p.m.

 Over 1,200 Luminaries Lit

 Concert 7:00 p.m. followed by Dessert Buffet

Tickets $25 (for Concert & Buffet)


29847 County 2 Blvd., Frontenac, MN 55026


Friday, May 30, 2014

You Are Invited to…

Villa Maria’s First Annual
Homecoming Open House

August 17, 2014 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The first annual Villa Maria Homecoming Open House is being planned for Sunday afternoon, August 17, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We are excited to welcome back Alumnae and their families, to come renew old acquaintances, share stories, make new friends, and celebrate the history that holds fond memories for so many.  We welcome anyone who has not had the opportunity to visit the Villa Maria, to take this opportunity to come and share in the fun.

Everyone is Welcome!

The agenda for the day includes a welcoming presentation by our Director, Sarah McClellan, open time for memory sharing and viewing displays of Villa Maria memorabilia. Please bring your photos to share. We would also love to have a copy of anything you would like to leave at the Villa to add to our archives. The grounds and buildings will be open for Self Guided Walking Tours to experience the beauty and tranquility of our environment. Root beer floats and musical entertainment will be
offered throughout the day.

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 17, and plan to come, relax, and enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.

Friday, April 25, 2014

A "Woman's Journey with God" is Considered a Success! 

A date for next year's retreat is already set - April 24-26, 2015.  If you enjoyed this year's retreat, plan to return again next year and bring a friend or two!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Woman's Journey With God

Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friday 5:30 p.m. Arrive and Welcome thru Sunday 11:30 a.m. Depart and Farewell
Villa Maria's first annual women's spirituality weekend.  This retreat will bring space into your life to focus on your own personal faith journey, with dynamic presentations, introduction to contemplation, and outdoor experiences and rituals.  This weekend could be a time for you to explore personal journaling, silent meditation, massage and spiritual direction.  It is a time and space devoted to women of all ages and to women of all faiths.  Featured presenter-Sr. Pauline Lorch, OSU.  "I am an Ursuline Sister in the very core of my being, eager to share where the Lord is leading me."
Cost: $180 includes lodging and meals. Rooms are shared; for a private room add $35. Commuter fee $95. Optional massage available at additional cost.  To register call Linda at Villa Maria 651-345-4582.
Retreat Outline:
Friday, April 11
     5:30 Arrive and Welcome
     7:00 What is your Journey with God?
     Evening bonfire
Saturday, April 12
    Guided Walks offered throughout the Day
     8:00  Breakfast and Free Time
     9:30  Finding God in Silence
     11:00 Guided Meditation and Free Time with Electives
     Noon Lunch and Free Time with Electives
     3:00  Who is your God?
              How do you relate to God?
     4:30  Cosmic Walk at Labyrinth
     6:00  Dinner
     7:00  Catholic Mass in Villa Chapel (Fr. Joseph Pete-celebrant)
     8:00  Evening bonfire and free time for walking, journaling, massage
Sunday, April 13
     9:00   Breakfast
     10:00 Letting go. Journaling Ritual

Breathing, Moving, Silence: Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice

Wednesdays-a weekly program

Yoga: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Walking Meditation: 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Sitting Mediation: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
This evening series invites you to cultivate mindfulness into your daily living through the practice of yoga, walking meditations and/or sitting meditation.  You can choose one, two or all segments of this course.  For more information or to join please contact the instructor Betsy Witt at or 651-764-1253.

Reading the Spiritual Classics...(and Best-sellers) Book Club

Second Thursday of the month-on going

Open to anyone who wants to explore Spiritual Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Centering Prayer

Mondays-on going

 9 p.m.-10:30p.m.
Open to all - meets in Garrard Room in Marian Hall.  Free for more information, contact Linda Schafer at 651-388-4519