4000 Highway 109    Eureka, MO 63025    636-938-5390

Advent Retreat


The Visitation Through the Ages: Five Women Icons of Holy Wisdom

Using his own paintings and stories, Bro. Mickey will offer an inspiring and insightful look at five creative women wisdom figures who span the generations of church history, each of them in very troubled times. Stories of Mary and Elizabeth, Jane deChantal, Thea Bowman, and Dorothy Day give witness to joy and optimism in our own time of crises of faith and identity. They can teach us to live with hope.

The weekend begins with dinner on Friday, night at 5:30 pm. An opening prayer service and conference will be at 7:00 pm. The retreat will end Sunday with dinner at 12:00 pm. Departure at 1:00 pm.

Linens, meals and snacks are provided. Cost: $160.00.

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Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath is an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales who paints pictures, tells stories, and speaks at retreats and conferences around the country. Recently, Bro. Mickey has been an artist-in-residence at the Washington Theological Union and for twenty-one years he has taught art and prayer workshops at the Grunewald Guild, an ecumenical art community in Leavenworth, WA. He also creates art for many of today’s leading Catholic publishers.

In the last several years, Bro. Mickey has been a keynote or major presenter at the religious education conferences of the dioceses of Orlando, Boston, Springfield, Burlington, Las Vegas, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Wichita, St. Louis, Los Angeles, NCEA (National Catholic Educators), NPCD (National Catechists), and NCYC (National Catholic Youth).

Bro. Mickey’s books and art work will be available at the center. This retreat is expected to fill, so please register as soon as possible.

The Marianist Center is located on 120 acres of rolling hillsides in southwest St. Louis County, on Hwy. 109, 2-1/2 miles north from Hwy. 44. There are 41 private rooms with private baths; linens are provided. We have more than three miles of hiking trails throughout the grounds, including a scenic trail along the Meramec River. There are Stations of the Cross, a water garden and a walking Rosary. All of these are outdoors.

From St. Louis take Interstate 44 West to Highway 109 – Eureka Exit (Exit 264). Make a right onto Highway 109. Marianist Center/Marycliff sign is located 2-1/2 miles north, on the right.