If you struggle with infertility, you may feel like you’re in a lonely, desert place. But you are not alone!

The Archdiocese of New Orleans and Springs in the Desert are partnering to offer a one-day retreat for women on Saturday, August 27 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Wherever you are on the path of infertility, we invite you to join us for reflections on different aspects of the infertility experience, to receive encouragement and some practical suggestions for strengthening your relationship with God and your spouse, and to pray and share community with others on this same path.

It is our honor to walk with you!

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Event Details

BELONGING: A Retreat for Women in a Season of Infertility

Place: St. Pius X Catholic Parish, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022

Time: 9am – 3pm *Lunch and a light breakfast are provided
Feel free to join us for Mass at 8am in the Church.

Registration Fee: $15.00

Presented by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Springs in the Desert

Speakers

Host

ANN KOSHUTE

Acknowledging the Grief of Infertility

CASSANDRA TAYLOR

Rooting Our Identities in Christ

STACEY HUNECK

Unity and Fruitfulness in Marriage

ALLIE KLEINECK

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What is Springs in the Desert?

We’re women just like you, with hopes and dreams for a family, but finding ourselves carrying the cross of infertility. It was because of feeling isolated and alone that 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?

Women at all different places on their infertility path. If you are a newlywed, trying to conceive or receiving treatment; if you’ve experienced a miscarriage or recurrent losses; if you have a child but have been having difficulty conceiving again; if you’re taking a break from charting, nearing or in menopause; or anything in between – all are welcome. 

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 – Allie, Ann, Cassandra and Stacey – 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, especially the lie that infertility defines us. We want you to leave this retreat knowing that God loves you, your marriage is good, and He is calling you to be fruitful right now. Most of all, we want you to know that you’re not alone.

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 they should 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.

Still not sure? Let’s talk!

Email us at info@springsinthedesert.org and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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.