Sacred Story

September 8-10, 2023


“Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5


Sacred Story Retreat is a retreat for women who want to experience healing and renewal in Christ. Using materials from “Forty weeks: An Ignatian path to Christ through Sacred Story Prayer” (by Father Bill Watson SJ), we guide you through a process of reconciling your past to Christ. You will be given helpful resources that teach you a daily 15-minute prayer practice called Examen Prayer

For this retreat, please pre-purchase the book found on Amazon: Forty Weeks Book
You will not need to pre-read the book; we will cover the initial material together. 

This retreat offers 2 tracks:

Track 1: for those who are new to Sacred Story Prayer (no exposure to it or weeks 1-20)
You will walk through a condensed version of the first part of the book. 

Track 2: for those already using Sacred Story Prayer (weeks 20 and beyond)
We will help you deepen your Examen Prayer experience. 

Your retreat directors are Fr Brian Shininger, LC, and Eileen Wieck.

This retreat is sponsored by All Things Women

Please contact Gail D’Silva if you have any questions: (408) 314-9057 | 

Retreat Director: Fr. Brian Shininger, LC

Fr. Brian Shininger

Father Brian Shininger is a native of Defiance, Ohio. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University he entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1994. He completed his seminary studies at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. He was engaged in seminarian formation and administration in Connecticut and California until 2010, after which he spent two years in Mexico City as a spiritual director for laity in the Regnum Christi Movement and assisted in retreats and missionary work. Since returning to the United States in 2012, he has continued his work as a retreat director and spiritual director at Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center.

Retreat Director: Eileen Wieck

Eileen Wieck

Eileen Wieck is a Catholic Lay Spiritual Director for Women.

Eileen brings extensive experience to her role, having served as a Spiritual Director for 28 years in the Regnum Christi Movement. Eileen is committed to helping women grow in both self-knowledge and understanding of their identity in Jesus Christ. Anchoring this with an invitation to grow deeper in their personal prayer life is what she feels will lead women to ultimate freedom and harmony in their lives.

Eileen’s favorite hobbies are spending time with her family in nature, having coffee with good friends, and gathering people together in ways that uplift and build community.

Eileen has worked professionally as a Practical Nurse in beautiful Alberta, Canada where she was blessed to grow up. Eileen moved to the SF Bay Area after meeting and marrying Vincent. Together they are raising 6 beautiful children.

Eileen is the founder of All Things Women, an apostolate for women who seek deeper intimacy with God and in building other women up to reach their full potential.











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