Reclaiming Authentic Femininity – Residential

Starts: Friday 6 August 2021 @ 5pm
Ends: Sunday 8 August 2021 @ 3pm

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


Share a twin ensuite room with a friend for just £130 per person!

Accommodation will be at Elmham House. You will also 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.

Book early to secure your place!

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