“ Virtual Retreat: Theology of the Body & Women of the Bible ”
Women's Retreat
Led by: Sr. Helena Burns, FSP
May 23, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Please note that this retreat will be 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME and 1:30 PM - 9:00 PM EASTERN TIME.

This is a virtual retreat. Please disregard the notes at the bottom of the page about check-ins, guestrooms, etc.

Retreat Fee: $50 per person

In addition to learning some fundamentals of John Paul II's life-changing "Theology of the Body," we will focus on how it relates to women in particular.
How are women made in the image of God? How do women reflect God's love?
What are women's specific gifts ("the feminine genius")? What's great about being a woman?
How can we fully embrace and rejoice in our womanhood? What are women's specific struggles and crosses?
Does the Bible/Catholic Church oppress women?
What does feminism get wrong/get right?
How can women of the Bible (and female saints) be role models for us?

We will tackle the meaning of some "difficult" Bible passages, e.g.: What does "wives be submissive to your husbands" really mean?


General Schedule:
Saturday, May 23rd
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM (PT) / 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
*NOTE: Full schedule will be available soon

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters founded to communicate God's Word through the media. She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John's University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One-Hollywood; and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry. Sr. Helena is also studying at the Theology of the Body Institute, PA. She is a movie reviewer for The Catholic Channel--Sirius XM. She wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione: and is a co-producer on She has written a Theology of the Body curriculum: and her daily book for women is “Draw Near to Him" (Fall 2020, formerly "He Speaks To You"). She is also a regional vocation directress for the Daughters.

Sr. Helena gives Media Literacy and Theology of the Body workshops and online courses ( to youth & adults all over the USA and Canada, and believes that media can be a primary tool for sharing God's love and salvation. (She is a dual citizen, Canada/USA: an international woman of mystery.)


Our guestrooms have one queen or double sized bed per room. Rooms are simply furnished with bedding, towels, and soap as well as a Bible and crucifix.


Registration includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. Retreat payments are non-refundable.


On the first evening of your retreat, you are welcome to arrive any time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The retreat will officially begin with dinner at 6:00pm. The retreat will conclude at 1:00pm on the last day of your retreat, following lunch.


Special dietary requirements will be gladly met if you make your needs known to our kitchen staff. A guest fridge is also available for guest use in the Dining Room.


A computer with internet access is open for use in our lobby, and WiFi is available throughout the building.


Help is available 24 hours a day. Our staff or retreat volunteers are eager to assist you throughout your stay. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies are offered 24/7 in the Dining Room. Our Chapel is always open, giving you a quiet place for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.