Previous Engagements

Curious about what I might be able to offer your group? My talk/retreat history lives here. Contact me to book or brainstorm!

LENT RETREATS: Live the Lent You Get
So often, our Ash Wednesday resolutions crumble as life presents unexpected challenges over the following six weeks–which is why the Lent we get is often harder than the Lent we choose. On this retreat, we consider a new approach:  allowing life to become its own Lenten discipline. 

I’ve offered variations on this Lenten retreat at:
St. John the Baptist Church, Philadelphia PA (Manayunk)
LaSalette Retreat and Conference Center, Attleboro MA
Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown NJ
St. Mary’s Church, Kutztown PA (Ladies Auxiliary)
San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch NJ
St. Mary’s Church, Annapolis MD (Walking with Purpose) Livestream recorded here; (@13:30).
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Associates, Philadelphia PA
RENEW International, Plainfield NJ
St. Placid Priory, Lacey WA

I offer Advent retreats in various formats (both in-person and via Zoom). The theme is God’s invitation to radical hospitality: creating space for the coming Christ in our hearts and our lives.  Using St. Martha (the original overworked host) and her sister Mary as inspiration, these retreats help carve out a bit of stillness in the midst of the frenzy, helping people empty their hands, “choose the better part,” and respond to the spiritual invitation of the season. 

Our Lady of the Assumption, Strafford, PA
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Doylestown PA
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
Saint Placid Priory, Lacey Washington
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Philadelphia/South Jersey Region

Human beings are formed by stories from our earliest days.  In this retreat, we explore the stories that have influenced us, the ones we tell ourselves, and those we speak into the universe–all through the lens Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who himself was inspired by stories, and whose story has motivated his followers for almost 500 years.

St. Genevieve School, Faculty Retreat, November 2023
Ignatian Volunteer Corps/Portland ME, Morning of Reflection, September 2023
Gwynedd-Mercy University, Mercy Week 2022 (as “Self-Knowledge: The Essential Component of a Non-Violent Heart”)


St. James Parish, Basking Ridge NJ,  Women’s Retreat, September 2022
In this retreat, we consider four movements common to every life: awakening to the world around us, discovering and rediscovering our path, practicing love in its many forms, and grieving the loss of much that we hold dear. Reflecting on the twists and turns of our individual journeys, we will notice the presence of God, abiding with us through it all, and challenging us to abide as well.

Good for the start of a school year, calendar year, or any other new undertaking, this retreat invites participants to ask what we should bring with us into a new year, and what we should leave behind. Praying with stories from the Bible, literature, and life, we ponder the attitudes, relationships, dreams, commitments, and even possessions we want to carry with us in order to travel lightly, responsive to God’s call.

University of San Diego: Faculty / Staff Retreat
St. Placid Priory, Zoom Retreat
Ignatian Volunteer Corps National Day of Reflection 2021
Saint Joseph’s University Campus Ministry Staff Retreat
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Day of Prayer for the New Year
Corpus Christi Church, “Club 50” Luncheon

This four-week series used conversation, poetry, music, and prayer to guide people experiencing grief along a path of deepening trust.

Cranaleith Spiritual Center, January-February 2020
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Lent 2019 & Pentecost 2021

While we’d love to encounter God on the mountaintop, most of the time we must listen for the “still, small voice.” This retreat–available in weekend, day-long, or two-hour format, explores the various terrains where we can experience the presence of God.

St. Placid Priory, Zoom Retreat, October 27, 2020
Loyola on the Potomac, Women’s Retreat Weekend, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2020
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Afternoon Retreat, October 6, 2019
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Adult Education Gathering, November 18, 2018

Although St. Joseph does not speak a word in the Gospels, he is a powerful figure in the Catholic religious imagination.  Responding to Pope Francis’ proclamation of a Year of St. Joseph, in this retreat we will use creative stories and artistic renderings to meditate on the life of Joseph. Together, we will consider contemporary parallels to the challenges he faced and the virtues he demonstrated, drawing closer to Joseph as our inspiration and guide in these difficult days.

Saint Joseph University Campus Ministry, Staff Retreat, August 11, 2021
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Zoom Retreat, May 15, 2021
St. Placid Priory, Zoom Retreat, March 19, 2021

Is that God’s Fingerprint on My Glasses? Using the Enneagram to See Ourselves and One Another More Clearly. Curious? Read this Testimonial by Pastor Andreas Wagner

Contemplative Leaders in Action, Philadelphia PA, January 5, 2020
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, November 5 & 19, 2017


Women’s Retreat Day: Companions on the Journey
What if it wasn’t a competition–then or now?
September 18, 2021
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Palmyra, PA

Grounded in Grace: A Morning of Reflection in the Ignatian Year
September 9, 2021
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) Portland, ME

God’s Invitation to Rest
April 13, 2020
St. Monica’s Church Walking with Purpose, Berwyn PA

What Are You Thirsting For?
March 15, 2020
San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch NJ

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
ZOOM: August 25, 2020
St. Placid Priory

Stirred into Flame: The Art of Campus Ministry
(with Barbara McCrabb, USCCB)
January 31, 2020
Mid-Atlantic Congress, Baltimore MD

Advent by Candlelight (Walking with Purpose + Blaze)
St. Monica Church, Berwyn PA, December 12, 2019

Advent Evening of Reflection
St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Warrington PA, December 10, 2019

So Great a Cloud of Witnesses: a Retreat for Merciful Saints and Souls
St. Jude School, Chalfont PA (faculty retreat), April 19, 2022
Associates in Mercy, Cincinnati OH, November 1-3, 2019

Choosing the Better Part
Future with Hope Women, Conference Speaker, October 18, 2019
Now available: 33 minute video on Facebook!

Catholic Social Services
Staff Retreat, CSS East Norriton PA, October 15, 2019

Faculty/Staff Morning of Reflection
Georgian Court University, October 11, 2019

Ministry Day Speaker
Holy Trinity Parish, Morrisville PA, October 5, 2019

Finding God in Plain Sight
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton PA
Afternoon of Reflection, September 28, 2019

Morning of Reflection
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Northeastern PA Region, September 28, 2019

Book Discussion: Finding God in Ordinary Time
St. Anne’s Church, Fair Lawn NJ
Women’s Cornerstone Fellowship, August 13, 2019

Where is God in All This? 
What Vulnerability, Diminishment, and Failure Can Reveal

Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership Conference,
Saint Joseph’s University, July 26, 2019

Speaker, Community Learning Experience
Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Neumann University, April 16, 2019

Speaker: Lenten Day of Reflection for Catholic Women Over 40
Future With Hope Women, Leesburg, VA, March 16, 2019

Faculty Retreat: To Love Like a Servant of God
Corpus Christi Catholic School, Lansdale PA, February 14, 2019

Walking with Purpose:  An Advent Evening with Martha and Mary
Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Strafford PA, December 12, 2018

National Staff Gathering: Morning of Retreat
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, November 14, 2018

“We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat!” Navigating the Waters of Grief
St. John University Parish (Mountaineer Catholic), Morgantown WV, November 4, 2018

Keynote Speaker
Friends of the Newman Center 5th Annual Celebration, West Chester PA, October 27, 2018

Healing Encounters:
A Weekend Retreat with Contemporary and Biblical Women
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, October 19-21, 2018

First Public Reading & Signing of Finding God in Ordinary Time
St. Monica Church, Berwyn PA, September 18, 2018

Service Corps Members Year End Retreat
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (Baltimore / DC-Metro / Northern Virginia), June 11-13, 2018
Loyola Retreat House, Faulkner, MD

Faculty Retreat:  What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Corpus Christi Catholic School, Lansdale PA, February 15, 2018

Retreat Day: Re-Engaging the People of God
Ignatian Volunteer Corps: Baltimore, January 18, 2018

People Understanding Pain (Speaker for Group Meeting)
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, December 19, 2017

Walking with Purpose:  The Woman at the Well
St. Katharine of Siena, Wayne PA, December 7, 2017