The Power and Mystery of God's Extravagant Grace.

Sunday April 14 – Friday April 19, 2024
Presenter: Sister Melannie Svoboda, SND
Mass Presider: Fr. Bob Schremmer
Fees:   Overnight $495 (includes room and meals)
Commuter: $395 (includes lunch and supper)
Daily Fee: $60 (includes lunch and supper)
Weekly Fee for Zoom: $300
Daily Fee for Zoom: $40


Due to unforeseen circumstances Sr Melannie will not be able to travel and will present the retreat virtually. We encourage participants to attend in person in Great Bend.  If traveling is not an option for your circumstances, we invite to attend via Zoom.

God’s Grace meets us every day. But what exactly is Grace? This retreat will offer some answers to that question. It will also explore some of the many forms of God’s Grace in our daily lives, such as the beauty of nature, prayer and the Eucharist, friendship, laughter, courage during hard times, peace amid turmoil, the ability to let go, hope in days of darkness. Using scripture, music, videos, poetry and humor, Sister Melannie will lead us in our week of reflection, while keeping in mind the words of Anne Lamott: “God’s Grace meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”



Sister Melannie Svoboda, SND:

• originally from Willoughby Hills, OH
• has been a Sister of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio for 59 years
• earned an MA in English from Indiana University and an MA in Spirituality from Duquesne University
• taught high school and college for over 20 years
• served as novice director for her congregation for 6 years
• served on the novitiate team for the Jesuit novitiate in Detroit, MI for 6 years
• has been a free-lance writer for over 45 years with articles in numerous publications including America, Catholic Digest, Living Faith, Liguorian, National Catholic Reporter, Living Faith, Give Us This Day, Living with Christ, and Country Woman.
• has published fifteen books including: Traits of a Healthy Spirituality; Everyday Epiphanies; When the Rain Speaks: Celebrating God’s Presence in Nature; With the Dawn Rejoicing: A Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering; When the Blue Heron Flies, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Hanging onto Hope, and The Grace of Beauty: It’s Mystery, Power, and Delight in Daily Life (all from Twenty-Third Publications); Gracious Goodness (Loyola Press), and Picking Strawberries: Prayer-Poems to Nourish the Soul.
• served as provincial of her congregation from 1999-2005
• currently writes for publication and gives talks and retreats nationally
• hobbies include walking, reading, working crossword puzzles and sudokus, listening to music, playing the piano, enjoying good conversations, and cheering for her beloved Cleveland sports teams.