Each year, the women of St. Francis in the Fields take a few days away to rest, relax, and recharge. We invite a speaker to communicate God's truth and Good News to us, taking time apart from the bustle of everyday life to hear the Gospel in fresh, new ways.
The 2017 Women's Retreat will take place June 2-4 at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana.
This summer, we are excited to welcome Susan Alexander Yates to be our featured speaker.
Susan Yates has written 13 books and speaks both nationally and internationally on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and women’s issues. Her books include And Then I Had Kids: Encouragement for Mothers of Young Children; And Then I Had Teenagers: Encouragement for Parents of Teens and Preteens; Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest (with friend Barbara Rainey) and Raising Kids with Character That Lasts (With her husband John).
Susan writes regularly for the blog MomLifeToday.com, sponsored by Family Life and Club31Women.com. For 11 years she was the Parent Child Columnist for “Today’s Christian Woman” magazine. She has also written for other publications including, “Thriving Family,” a magazine published by Focus on the Family. She’s the mother of five children (including a set of twins) all married and the grandmother of 21 (including a set of quadruplets!). Susan and her husband John have been married 46 years. Together they speak at Family Life’s “Weekend to Remember” Marriage Conferences. They live in Falls Church, Virginia, a Washington D.C. suburb where John is the Senior Pastor of The Falls Church Anglican.
But what is she really like? Her blood “bleeds blue.” She’s a Tarheel, a graduate of the University of North Carolina. She loves Monday night football, ACC basketball, shooting hoops with her grandsons, hiking and riding horseback with her husband, running-especially on country roads, eating chocolate, playing practical jokes on folks, walking and talking with girl friends. You are not likely to find her at the mall; she’d rather be at the farm. You won’t find her in the kitchen by choice; she’d rather be outdoors with her golden retriever. Her favorite time of the year is June when all her kids and grandkids are together for a week of “cousins and family camp” in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia.