First Annual Catholics Online Retreat

“Be who God made you to be and set the world on fire.”

– St. Catherine of Siena

When: April 27 – 29, 2018

Where: Mount St. Mary’s Abbey, Wrentham MA

What: A weekend of faith, fellowship, and growth.

Why: Our goal is to help you reconnect with God and follow His lead in your work and your mission.

Reignite Your Fire

Join us for:

  • prayer
  • social hour
  • workshops
  • crafting
  • free photo sessions
  • praise and worship
  • spiritual guidance
  • daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration

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Cost:

$100. Includes: accommodations, meals, and all activities. Travel expenses are not included in cost. *Note: If you have allergy restrictions, please be prepared to meet your dietary needs.

Registration:

Space is limited: The retreat housing can accommodate 19 attendees. Sign up before your spot is taken! Registration deadline is March 1, 2017.

Register by filling out this form.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday: arrival, free portrait sessions, social hour with wine and crafts.
Saturday: Morning Mass, guided meditation (Ignatian style), group Rosary, workshops for building your Ministry and dedicating it to God.
Sunday: Morning Mass, workshop, praise and worship, farewell.

The detailed schedule is tentative and under construction. We’re teaming up with you to provide workshops that you’re most interested in! If you have a skill or topic you’d like to share, email us a proposal at and we’ll check it out. Note: all workshops and activities are optional.

email: catholicsocialmediainfluencers@gmail.com

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Workshop Lineup:

Navigating SEO

Workshop led by Mark Daoust of Catholic Singles. and Quiet Light Brokerage.

How to Navigate SEO to Grow your Business or Ministry

Mark is the founder of Quiet Light Brokerage (an M&A advisory firm for online businesses) and also the CEO and owner of CatholicSingles.com. His work has appeared in Entrepreneur.com, FoxNews.com, HuffingtonPost, Inc, Forbes, Search Engine Journal, and many other publications. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events. As the founder of Quiet Light Brokerage, Mark has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs sell their online businesses for a combined value of more than $100mm. Recently, mark acquired CatholicSingles.com and is actively working to rebuild this site and service. Before founding Quiet Light Brokerage, Mark built and sold a content and tips based site and newsletter which he built to over 220,000 subscribers. Outside of his business life, Mark focuses his time and energy on his family (6 kids) and on growing in virtue to be closer to Christ.

SaintPreneurs

Workshop led by Jerry Windley-Daoust of Peanut Butter and Grace and Gracewatch Media.

Saintpreneurs: What the Saints Can Teach Us about Running a Missionary Business

The Church needs the ingenuity, innovation, and energy of small entrepreneurs willing to work on behalf of God’s mission in the world. But how does one go about being an “entrepreneur for God”? Do we just follow the standard best practices of the business world…or does God call us to work in a different way? In this workshop, Jerry Windley-Daoust will reflect on what we might learn from some successful saint “entrepreneurs.” After a brief presentation, there will be time for small group reflection, followed by a question-and-answer period in which Jerry will be happy to answer practical questions about his own small business.

Jerry Windley-Daoust is the owner and publisher of Gracewatch Media, a very small publishing house focused on helping Catholic parents raise their kids in the faith. His past work includes writing and editing for various Catholic organizations, including Saint Mary’s Press. He was also a stay-at-home dad for more than ten years, during which time he started a parish-based moms group that the moms let him participate in, and volunteered as a family faith formation catechist.

Marketing Your Ministry

Talk by Emily Ricci of Gloriam Marketing

Brand Ambassadors for Christ – How to Market Yourself and God

  • How is Catholic marketing different than regular marketing?
  • Marketing as modern evangelization
  • The 4 P’s of Catholic marketing
  • Practical marketing tips for Catholic bloggers/businesses
  • For His greater glory – Brining it all back to Him

Group Discussion led by Allison Gingras of Reconciled to You

Email Opt-in

Activity led by Sara Estabrooks of To Jesus, Sincerely

  • setting up mailchimp and payhip
  • linking payhip to mailchimp for automatic subscriptions
  • converting readers to email subscribers with free downloads
  • implementing email opt-in links on your site

Travel:

The closest airport to fly into is T.F. Green, but you may find the best flight deals by flying into Logan. Allison Gingras will be happy to assist in arranging transportation from the airport to the retreat. Details can be arranged upon registration.

Accommodations:

Thank you to the Cicstercian Nuns of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey for generously providing accommodations for our retreat, at their beautiful mansion and retreat house in Wrentham MA.

Visit the Mount St. Mary’s Abbey to check out the guest houses and the beautiful grounds of the Abbey.