Saturday, January 12th from 8:30am to Noon

We end each Mass with the commission: “Go forth”, but do we actually take this commission to heart? Join us for a spiritual refresher, specifically geared toward liturgical ministers. Led by Graziano & Nancy Marchesi, renowned authors and liturgists, this morning retreat is sure to recharge your spiritual batteries. The retreat is a collaborative effort on the part of St. Benedict, St. Andrew, St. Edward, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes. This year’s retreat will be hosted at St. Benedict Church 2215 W. Irving Park (corner of Irving and Leavitt).

PLEASE NOTE: The Spanish breakout sessions have been cancelled due to low enrollment. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This event is offered free of charge and is open to all. We will take up a free-will offering to help offset the cost of the event.

Please register by January 7th, 2019, so we can plan accordingly.


Nancy Marchesi

Nancy Marchesi

Nancy Marcheschi, MPS and Graziano Marcheschi, MA, D.Min., are nationally and internationally known leaders in the areas of Spirituality, Proclamation of the Word, and Performing Arts as Ministry.  Their numerous workshops and publications are valued resources for parish ministers and for those who form and train them.  They have authored 9 Volumes of Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers.  Among their many other publications is the popular Catholic Bible Personal Study Edition,for which Graziano was a major contributor. 

Graziano Marchesi

Graziano Marchesi

Nancy is noted for her work in Sacred Dance and Drama and Graz for national leadership in the area of Lay Ministry formation.  Graz co-hosts the Archdiocesan radio program “Catholic Community of Faith” and formerly hosted the cable television program, “The Church, the Cardinal and You” with Cardinal George.  Scripture drama and storytelling are woven through their retreats and parish missions.  Nancy teaches and is school liturgist at Pope John XXIII school in Evanston and Graz is Senior Programming Consultant for Shalom World Television, an international Catholic media ministry.


8:30am Mass together at St. Benedict Church

9:15am Keynote Address by Nancy & Graziano

10:15am Breakout Session

11:30am Prayer Service

Noon Lunch Provided