Cherished:

A Retreat for Those in a Season of Infertility

If you struggle with infertility, Mother’s Day can be hard. Instead of facing it alone, with anxiety and dread, come to pray, share, and be uplifted with others who understand.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Springs in the Desert are partnering to support couples carrying the cross of infertility with a day-long retreat this Mother’s Day Weekend, on Saturday May 7. Come with your spouse or on your own to be supported, hear inspiring reflections, have opportunities for group sharing, and experience friendship with others on this same path. Our retreat will include time for prayer in Adoration as well as an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and attend the Vigil Mass for Sunday.

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Event Details

  • Who: All men, women, and couples who carry the weight of infertility or loss
  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Sacred Heart Parish Center, 100 Sacred Heart Parish Ctr, Notre Dame, IN 46556
  • What: Reflection, prayer sharing, and friendship! After the Vigil Mass, stay for a candlelit Italian feast! Gluten free options will be available. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
  • Registration: $50/couple, $25/individual. Includes lunch and dinner. Spaces are limited.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Sacred Heart Parish Center for $25 per person per night. Please contact Lisa Everett: leverett@diocesefwsb.org

Have other questions? Please email us using our contact form.

It is our honor to walk with you!

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What is Springs in the Desert?

We’re women and men just like you, with hopes and dreams for a family, but finding ourselves carrying the cross of infertility. In the midst of feeling isolated and alone, we started this ministry and discovered that while our experiences are unique to each of us, the thoughts, emotions and difficulties we’ve encountered are what bind us together. Now, we walk this path together, along with hundreds of other women and couples, to discover the fruitfulness God has planned for all of us! 

Who will be on this retreat?

Couples and women at all different places on their infertility path. If you are a newlywed, trying to conceive or receiving treatment, taking a break from charting, nearing or in menopause, or anything in between – all are welcome. Come on your own or with your spouse.

What can I expect on this retreat?

This is your time to let down your guard and share your burdens with others who understand, without fear of judgment. Our Team – Kimberly and Greg, Allie and James, Stacey and Phil, Ann, and Anna – will give reflections on different aspects of the infertility experience, and offer encouragement and some practical suggestions for strengthening your relationship with God and your spouse while acknowledging the unique grief associated with infertility. We will discuss strategies for combating negative thoughts, affirm that we are cherished by God, and consider the unique ways that He is calling us to be fruitful right now

Infertility is so hard. I don’t know if a retreat is for me.

Yes, infertility is hard. Really hard. And stepping out in faith to talk about it with others – even those who are going through it too – can also be hard. Be not afraid! You will be among friends, and in a safe place to share your heart as little or as much as you feel comfortable. We’ve had people come on retreat who sat in their cars until the last minute, contemplating whether or not to come in. But they took a chance, and found that it wasn’t as scary as they thought! Instead, they felt seen and heard, and shared that it was a positive step toward finding hope and healing.

What if my spouse can’t come?

That’s okay! Don’t be afraid to come on your own. We’re all in this together

Have questions? Let’s talk!

Email us using our contact form. We would love to speak with you to tell you more about our ministry and this event!

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I have attended infertility support groups in the past but I never got as much out of them as I did in just these few hours with the Springs team!

Thank you to the Springs in the Desert Team for providing a safe, comforting and encouraging place for those who are experiencing infertility.

We love the opportunity to gather and pray with the other couples. We leave inspired by the wisdom they share.