Reclaiming Authentic Femininity – Residential

Starts: Friday 6 August 2021 @ 6pm
Ends: Sunday 8 August 2021 @ 2.30pm

Reclaiming Authentic Femininity.
This weekend retreat will provide an introduction to the St. John Paul II’s teachings on Theology of the Body as it was presented during the Wednesday audiences in Rome, in the light of how it can help women to discover their authentic femininity.

The focus will be on the gift of self and the spousal identity stamped into our very bodies.  St. John Paul II outlines a bold and daring vision of marriage, human love and the gift of our sexuality.  We are delighted to contribute in the building of a culture of life, love and the beauty of the human person. 



Christine Ward has been married to Tom for 30 years – they met at Durham University, where Christine studied English language & Medieval Literature. They have four children. Christine worked in business until the arrival of her fourth child. Since then she worked as a volunteer for Xt3, the Catholic youth charity launched at World Youth Day in Sydney. She then undertook further study completing a Masters with distinction in 2011. In 2012 Christine then embarked on a Phd through Maryvale – her area of specialism is Catholic Church teaching on sex outside marriage/cohabitation and contraception. She graduated in 2018 and was also awarded the Edward Hulmes prize for research.  Christine is passionate about the magisterial teaching of the Church – especially with regard to the sexual moral teaching.

Fr. David Marsden SCJ is a Catholic priest and clinical psychologist who has been working in parishes, retreat ministry and seminary formation for a number of years. He is presently pursing doctoral studies at the Gregorian University in Rome on the topic of anthropology, theology of the body and gender theory.


£160 single ensuite room       £140 single standard room

BOOK WITH A FRIEND AND SAVE! Share a twin ensuite room with a friend for just £125 per person!

Accommodation will be at Dowry House and Elmham House. You will have the opportunity to use the beautiful facilities at Dowry House, such as the Adoration chapel. This price includes accommodation and all your meals from Friday supper to Sunday lunchtime. It also includes refreshments and the speakers’ fees.

if you would struggle financially with the cost of the retreat, please email Sr Theresa as some bursaries are available to cover part of the cost. We would love for you to come!

Book early to secure your place! To book please email

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The nearest train stations are Norwich and Kings Lynn. See which works out cheaper for you!


Catch a train to Norwich train station, arriving by 3pm. Or a coach to Norwich bus station arriving by 3pm. See National Express coaches. Then, either catch a bus to Dereham – we will collect you from Dereham (our convent is there) and drive you the rest of the way – or we will pick you up directly from Norwich train / bus station!

Arrange your return train journey from around 4.30pm so we have time to get you to the station on the Sunday.

Kings Lynn

Arrive at King’s Lynn train station by 4.31 pm. Then, either catch the bus to Fakenham (the bus station a less-than-5-minute walk from the train station) and we will collect you from Fakenham or we will pick you up directly from King’s Lynn train station!

Arrange your return train journey from around 4.30pm so we have time to get you to the station on the Sunday. Get booking and let us know your plans! We can send you info on buses, maps so you know exactly where the bus stops are, arrange lifts with us or shared taxis on the Sunday to reduce costs and avoid long Sunday bus journeys! Whether we suggest buses for part of the way or arrange lifts in the car or minibus will depend on the number of people coming and the availability of the sisters. Please invite your friends and be in touch soon so we can plan!