Dolorosa – A Virtual Lenten Retreat

This Lent, allow God to use your suffering to deepen your relationship with Him.

Dolorosa is a three-day retreat for grieving mothers that explores the sorrows of child loss through the lens of Eternity.

The Via Dolorosa – the “Sorrowful Way” – is the path that Jesus took through Jerusalem on his way to the cross.

Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

But, oh, the cross of child loss is a heavy one to bear, isn’t it? The grief and pain of it can crush us under their weight. The burden is one that affects every aspect of our lives – spiritual, emotional, and physical. Relationships change, prayer feels hard, and we might not even recognize ourselves as we try to navigate life after loss.

Even Jesus needed help carrying his cross, and our blessed Mother understands our pain in such a personal way.

This year, start your Lent with real talk about the cross of miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a child of any age; practical tools for healing that can help you to carry this cross; and an eternal perspective on suffering to remind us that this world is not our home.

We’ll take a closer look at Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows, apply her example to our own experience of child loss, and ask her for the grace to endure our suffering, deepening our faith, hope, and love of God along the way.

As a grieving mother myself, I would love to accompany you on this path and help you to carry this cross.

How will it work?

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Live Presentations

Each day of the retreat, Eileen will give a live presentation via Zoom with lessons from the Scriptures, from the Saints, and from her own experience as a grieving mother.

Ash Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET – Carrying our cross: The complexities of grief and trauma and tools to promote healing so that we can better carry it

Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET – Not my will but Yours: Lessons from Jesus and Our Lady of Sorrows

Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET: The joy set before us: Walking our own sorrowful way with an eye on eternity

The presentations will be recorded and available for viewing for 30 days after the retreat.

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Group Discussion

After each presentation, we will have 30 minutes for group discussion. Participation is optional, but these discussions can be some of the most fruitful times of the retreat.

Sharing our stories with people who understand and learning that we are not alone in our feelings and experiences can bring healing to our hearts in unexpected ways.

The group discussions will not be recorded.

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Additional Resources

The materials for the retreat include printouts with scriptures to read, verses to write, and questions for reflection for each week of Lent, all designed to help deepen your faith.

Each participant will receive a PDF copy of Eileen’s prayer book, Praying with Our Lady of Sorrows: Meditations for grieving mothers, which guides the reader through praying the rosary of the Seven Sorrows.

Additionally, participants will be given access to a Spotify playlist of worshipful, healing songs, a private online forum for retreat participants, and bi-weekly video calls for ongoing community support and encouragement

A confirmation email will be sent upon registration. Participants will receive an email containing the retreat resources and the Zoom meeting link prior to the retreat’s start date of March 2, 2022.

If you would like to give this retreat to someone else as a gift, or if you have any questions at all, please contact Eileen.

Reviews from past retreat participants:

I learned so much more how to grieve with an eternal perspective thanks to this wonderful retreat.

I am blown away by the impact this retreat has had on me.

I LOVE the [Praying With] Our Lady of Sorrows booklet!

Your openness in sharing your story was very moving and helpful for considering my journey. Loved the art/creative time as well as opportunities to share with the other women.

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Let’s walk this sorrowful way together.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022.