The Way Retreat

The Way is a free, 3-day guided meditation and prayer program for men and women. It is an opportunity for healing and prayer and for survivors to reflect on God’s plan for their lives.


Have you experienced dread, confusion, deep hurt, betrayal or anger when you think of the abuse you have suffered?

Alternatively, maybe you are feeling nothing at all.
You have every right to these feelings. They are natural reactions to the trauma you have survived.

You may be asking yourself:

What do I do with all of this?

How will confronting my abuse experience affect my life?

How will I ever recover my trust in people, God, my Church again?

Does it really matter?

Do I matter?

The Way is the path to take to find answers to these and many other questions for which your heart, mind, body, and soul have been searching. This is where your healing journey begins. These three days of guided meditations and prayer crafted around the Stations of the Cross will show you the steps Christ took to overcome dread, confusion, deep hurt, betrayal and anger not only for his experience of abuse – which culminated in his death on the cross and new life in the Resurrection – but for your abuse as well. You can choose to walk The Way with him, learn his ways, transform your pain and suffering into a new life, the life God has always wanted for you but that the sins of another has disfigured in countless ways.

Women’s Retreat

April 3-5, 2020

To register: Please contact Deborah McDonald at [email protected] or 301-853-4466.


Sue Stubbs MS, NCC, Director of the Victim Assistance Program in the Office of Child and Youth Protection for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Sue has a Masters in Community Counseling from Georgia State University (1993); she is a Nationally Certified Counselor with over 14 years treating survivors of abuse – sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Dr. Gerry Crete, Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LPC, LMFT, CCSAS, Holy Family Counseling Center in Georgia.  Gerry works with individuals struggling with histories of trauma such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

This retreat will be facilitated by experienced counselors, pastoral theologians, and a chaplain.

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  • Will I have to talk about the details of my abuse in a group setting?
    Answer: No. There will be times during the retreat where you have the opportunity to talk to others, but you are not required to share about your abuse. The retreat focuses on opportunities for prayer through scripture and the Passion of Christ, God’s original plan for you, Reconciliation, and Mass.
  • I am not a victim of clergy sexual abuse can I still come?
    Answer: Yes! This day is for anyone who has been abused in any way by anyone. You are not taking a spot from someone else who needs it … YOU need it …we are here for you.
  • Is there a fee for the retreat?
    Answer: No. There is no fee or cost associated with this opportunity.

Registration is Open!

To learn more or to register: please contact Deborah McDonald at [email protected] or 301-853-4466.