“ St. John Paul II, Divine Mercy, and Healing of Memories ”
Women's Silent Retreat
Led by: Dawn Eden
August 24 - 26
Hello! Unfortunately, we no longer have capacity to host overnight guests for this retreat. For those who wish to register as a commuter (which includes all meals, but no lodging), please click the 'Register Now' button, above, on this retreat page.

For those who wish to be put on a waiting list to stay overnight in a guest room, please fill out our waiting list form. We will contact you if a room should become available. Thank you!


Tens of thousands of readers around the world have found healing and hope through the writings of Dawn Eden Goldstein, the award-winning author whose pen name is Dawn Eden. In this retreat, Dawn will share the deep spiritual teachings of St. John Paul II on Divine Mercy and the redemptive meaning of suffering. She will also tell about her personal journey as a convert to Catholicism from Judaism who, having survived childhood abuse, found healing and hope through Christ in the Church.

Through the wisdom of St. John Paul II and other saints, especially Ignatius of Loyola, Dawn will provide a model of healing designed to help you accomplish positive change in your spiritual life, including:

  • Acknowledging your memories

  • Accepting that they change the way you see God, your fate, and other people

  • Allowing God to transform your memories by coloring the past and present with his story of salvation

Dawn Eden Goldstein, the award-winning author whose pen name is Dawn Eden, is an assistant professor of dogmatic theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Her books include Remembering God's MercyThe Thrill of the Chaste, and My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. Together, Dawn's books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies worldwide, including translations into Spanish, Polish, Slovak, and Chinese.

Born into a Jewish family in New York City, Dawn lost her faith as a teenager and became an agnostic. During her twenties, in the 1990s, she was a rock journalist in New York City, interviewing oldies artists such as Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson. She went on to work in editorial positions for the New York Post and the Daily News.

At the age of thirty-one, Dawn underwent a dramatic conversion to Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church. Her books have been featured in the New York Times and L'Osservatore Romano, and on EWTN. Dawn received her doctorate in sacred theology (S.T.D.) summa cum laude from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 2016, becoming the first woman in the university's history to earn a canonical doctorate. Her dissertation was on recent Magisterial teaching on redemptive suffering. Prior to joining the faculty of Holy Apostles, she taught at St. Mary's College, Oscott, the seminary of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England.


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.