Welcome to Springs in the Desert

Infertility is a burden most couples don’t expect to carry. It can affect your marriage, your relationship with family and friends, and your relationship with God. Infertility often feels like a long and lonely path. But you are not alone! As a Catholic infertility ministry, Springs in the Desert is more than just a ministry; we are a place of respite, solidarity, and encouragement – wherever you are on the path of infertility, or in the experience of pregnancy loss. We’ve created a community here, and it’s built on faith in Christ and His good plan of fruitfulness for each one of us.

We’re so glad that you found us, and we hope that you will find encouragement from our blog posts, podcast episodes, resources, and virtual and in-person events. If you need to talk or have a prayer request, let us know. You’re not alone anymore. It is our honor to walk with you!

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Reflections for walking the path of infertility with people who understand. While all of our experiences are different, our faith in Christ is what unites us.

Join our team and guests for conversations as we dig into various aspects of infertility. Our podcast is that friend you can take with you, no matter where you are!

Our in-person and virtual events bring our community together in person for retreats and small groups. Click below to find out what’s coming up.

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Springs in the Desert is a Catholic infertility ministry that accompanies many women and couples struggling with infertility and loss by offering a place of respite and solidarity

As a Catholic infertility ministry, Springs in the Desert accompanies many women and couples struggling with infertility and loss by offering a place of respite and solidarity, where they come to know God’s love for them and discover that He is transforming their suffering into fruitfulness. Our team members are honored to walk with these couples, but without the contributions of our community members and volunteers, our work would not be possible!

If you have a heart for ministry and have been blessed through Springs in the Desert, we invite you to prayerfully consider getting involved! The needs of our ministry are evolving, so we invite you to contact us if you have specific skills and talents you would like to contribute.

Testimonials

I wholeheartedly support the works of Springs in the Desert, and invite couples carrying the heavy burdens of infertility to feel welcome in coming to this apostolate for a deepening of faith and community, as we embrace the healing power of Jesus’ Most Holy Name.

Bishop Alfred A. Schlert, Diocese of Allentown

Springs in the Desert provides sound spiritual, and emotional guidance rooted in the riches of our Catholic faith. This beautiful apostolate exists to serve the sanctity and fruitfulness of marriage as expressed in the gift of self of the spouses. Thus, Springs in the Desert empowers couples to recover the meaning and dignity of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony as witness to faith and fidelity in the midst of great suffering.

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, Diocese of Harrisburg

I recommend Springs in the Desert and its much-needed mission of providing concrete spiritual and emotional support to individuals and couples who struggle with infertility. I pray that [they] will continue to encourage those who struggle with infertility to unite their suffering with the suffering of Christ. May our lady intercede for all who participate in this apostolate, that they might experience the spiritual fruitfulness which never fails to flow from the cross of her Son!

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

The presentations from the Springs team were beautifully prepared and remarkable for their sensitivity, their deep understanding, and their honest clarity.  They showed in a very practical way how the teachings of the Church are not in conflict with our complex human experience, but call us to a deeper understanding of who we are as beloved daughters and sons of God.

Chris O'Neill, Director, Office of Marriage and Family Life, Archdiocese of New Orleans

The team at Springs in the Desert was wonderful to work with in planning and putting on our Mother’s Day weekend retreat for those struggling with infertility. Their passion for ministering to women and couples who carry this cross was beautiful to behold…. I highly recommend partnering with Springs in the Desert.

Lisa Everett, Director for Marriage & Family Ministry, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Having touched loneliness myself, I recognized immediately the gift of Springs in the Desert. This apostolate stands out as a prophetic voice in the wilderness of barrenness, where one’s feelings of abnormality and inadequacy also stand to drive them further into isolation or despair.

Deacon Gregory Amarante, Secretary, Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization, Diocese of Harrisburg

I am so grateful to have Springs in the Desert as a resource. As someone who carries the cross of infertility and is a mother of three through adoption, I have talked to many couples over the past twenty years that also carry the cross of infertility. After all these years in ministry, it’s a wonderful gift to finally have a place to send people that need support that is rooted in Catholic teaching and the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your ministry!

Maria Malone, Director of Adult Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, North Wales, PA

You are the only organization looking to unmask who God has actually called us to be through our infertility and not seeing it as a “fixable problem”, but actually identifying the nature of the call. You help bring us together to see it, and encourage the fostering of bringing forth the fruits from this form of suffering and grief. In this way, we can recognize our importance to God and our place within the body of Christ as a whole.

Karen
Thank you so much for everything that you do to bring awareness to the cross of infertility and to support those of us bearing this cross. It has been at times a very isolating experience for me within my own family and within my local Catholic community, and it means so much to know that there are other Catholic women (and men) striving to live a life of holiness while carrying this cross.
Elizabeth

I pray that more women dealing with the struggle of infertility will attend this retreat. I’ve found in my journey that infertility struggles are more prevalent than I thought. The more I open up about it, the more others do too. I’ve felt that talking about it helps. This retreat has brought an important aspect of God and His love and blessings for me into my heart and reflection. Thank you for helping me see that.

Nicole

This retreat was everything I didn’t know I needed and all I hoped for. Thank you all so much for the hard work, both emotional and spiritual that you all have put into this amazing retreat. Thank you for putting a new and different hope in my heart.

Lydia

It was such a profound experience to be with other infertility warriors in the flesh. We have never had that opportunity before and it was so powerful just to be in each other’s presence. Thank you for the way you made non-Catholic brothers and sisters feel welcome. Very intentional, sensitive, and well-thought out.

Sarah

This [event] was absolutely a “Spring in the Desert.” Thank you for being obedient to God and ministering to us when there is seemingly no other ministry for infertility. 

Colby

I thought this [event] was incredible! I only hope your reach continues to grow bigger and bigger so we can meet more couples like us.

Kendall

I loved this retreat! It was nice to be together with my husband. Much of our infertility journey has been separate. I have a girls group I go to, but having something like this has been amazing.

Ellen

Thank you. I just lost my first pregnancy 2 weeks ago and this retreat gave me a lot of peace and hope for my future – no matter what that looks like.

Kate

Thank you for being all-inclusive to all types of infertility. At first, I was worried about feeling judged, but that was not the case at all and felt great to be with so many others going through the same journey.

MK
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  • "I stopped resting my hope in each cycle," writes Bernadette on the blog today. "Some would say I gave up hope, but that suggests hope is a pendulum swinging between holding fast to dreams or utter emptiness. But the other end of hope is not an abyss of despair; it is surrender. Radical, hard-work, heart-rending surrender of every last shard of my hopes and my heart into the hands of God. And then waiting on the slow, sure revelation of what real hope entails: new life in God and joy beyond what answered prayers can bring."

Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/offering-hope-in-infertility (link in bio)

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#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #CatholicMoms #ChristianMoms #ChristianInfertilitySupport #Catholicwomen #Catholicmoms #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod
  • How do you deal with receiving bad news on the path of infertility?

Whether it's month after month of negative pregnancy tests, getting off a call with a doctor's office about results, or even receiving the good news that a friend is expecting, we've all found ourselves in some pretty intense and often challenging moments. Licensed counselor Clare Kane chats with Jillian and Cassandra about how we can live through these moments, digesting the news, yet not letting that news consume us.

You can find The Springs in the Desert Podcast wherever you like to listen: https://springsinthedesert.org/podcast

#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #Infertility
  • "While we may not feel blessed like women who get pregnant and bear children, we are blessed now and will be blessed in the future," writes Katie on the blog today. "Our Lord says so! We can trust His words and promises. Start looking for that blessedness in your life now and you’ll grow into seeing it. Trust that blessedness awaits you in big ways that you can’t see."

Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/blessed-is-she-who-is-childless/ (link in bio)

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#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #ChristianInfertilitySupport #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod #blessed #childless #childlessness #childlessnotbychoice #childlessnotbychoicewomen #childlessafterinfertility
  • During the month of June, we are focusing on that daily decision of surrendering and entrusting our lives to God. But how do we practically do that? 

Jillian and Katie provide some insight on how to develop a strong prayer life, because it's during that time with God that we really get to know Him and listen to all He wants to tell us. 🙏

You can find The Springs in the Desert Podcast wherever you like to listen: https://springsinthedesert.org/podcast

#CatholicInfertility #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicInfertilitySupport
  • "It’s not the seed’s job to till the soil, to provide or enrich the soil, or to do anything at all but surrender to it," writes Delsonora on the blog, "and today we are seeds. 

"Those other tasks are necessary; but even for the farmer, there comes a point when all that can be done is to surrender and trust. Only God can make a seed grow, and today, we ourselves are the seed."

Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/trusting-the-sower-and-surrendering-to-the-soil (link in bio)

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#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #CatholicMoms #ChristianMoms #ChristianInfertilitySupport #Catholicwomen #Catholicmoms #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod
  • As we close out May, the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jillian and Katie reflect on Mary's example of fruitfulness as it stems from her relationship to God. Just like Mary, we are beloved sons and daughters of God the Father, and Mary is our blueprint for living a faithful, fruitful life.

You can find The Springs in the Desert Podcast wherever you like to listen: https://springsinthedesert.org/podcast/

#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport
"I stopped resting my hope in each cycle," writes Bernadette on the blog today. "Some would say I gave up hope, but that suggests hope is a pendulum swinging between holding fast to dreams or utter emptiness. But the other end of hope is not an abyss of despair; it is surrender. Radical, hard-work, heart-rending surrender of every last shard of my hopes and my heart into the hands of God. And then waiting on the slow, sure revelation of what real hope entails: new life in God and joy beyond what answered prayers can bring."

Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/offering-hope-in-infertility (link in bio)

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#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #CatholicMoms #ChristianMoms #ChristianInfertilitySupport #Catholicwomen #Catholicmoms #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod
"I stopped resting my hope in each cycle," writes Bernadette on the blog today. "Some would say I gave up hope, but that suggests hope is a pendulum swinging between holding fast to dreams or utter emptiness. But the other end of hope is not an abyss of despair; it is surrender. Radical, hard-work, heart-rending surrender of every last shard of my hopes and my heart into the hands of God. And then waiting on the slow, sure revelation of what real hope entails: new life in God and joy beyond what answered prayers can bring." Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/offering-hope-in-infertility (link in bio) . . . #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #CatholicMoms #ChristianMoms #ChristianInfertilitySupport #Catholicwomen #Catholicmoms #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod
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How do you deal with receiving bad news on the path of infertility? Whether it's month after month of negative pregnancy tests, getting off a call with a doctor's office about results, or even receiving the good news that a friend is expecting, we've all found ourselves in some pretty intense and often challenging moments. Licensed counselor Clare Kane chats with Jillian and Cassandra about how we can live through these moments, digesting the news, yet not letting that news consume us. You can find The Springs in the Desert Podcast wherever you like to listen: https://springsinthedesert.org/podcast #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #Infertility
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"While we may not feel blessed like women who get pregnant and bear children, we are blessed now and will be blessed in the future," writes Katie on the blog today. "Our Lord says so! We can trust His words and promises. Start looking for that blessedness in your life now and you’ll grow into seeing it. Trust that blessedness awaits you in big ways that you can’t see."

Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/blessed-is-she-who-is-childless/ (link in bio)

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#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #ChristianInfertilitySupport #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod #blessed #childless #childlessness #childlessnotbychoice #childlessnotbychoicewomen #childlessafterinfertility
"While we may not feel blessed like women who get pregnant and bear children, we are blessed now and will be blessed in the future," writes Katie on the blog today. "Our Lord says so! We can trust His words and promises. Start looking for that blessedness in your life now and you’ll grow into seeing it. Trust that blessedness awaits you in big ways that you can’t see." Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/blessed-is-she-who-is-childless/ (link in bio) . . . #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #ChristianInfertilitySupport #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod #blessed #childless #childlessness #childlessnotbychoice #childlessnotbychoicewomen #childlessafterinfertility
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During the month of June, we are focusing on that daily decision of surrendering and entrusting our lives to God. But how do we practically do that? Jillian and Katie provide some insight on how to develop a strong prayer life, because it's during that time with God that we really get to know Him and listen to all He wants to tell us. 🙏 You can find The Springs in the Desert Podcast wherever you like to listen: https://springsinthedesert.org/podcast #CatholicInfertility #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicInfertilitySupport
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"It’s not the seed’s job to till the soil, to provide or enrich the soil, or to do anything at all but surrender to it," writes Delsonora on the blog, "and today we are seeds. 

"Those other tasks are necessary; but even for the farmer, there comes a point when all that can be done is to surrender and trust. Only God can make a seed grow, and today, we ourselves are the seed."

Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/trusting-the-sower-and-surrendering-to-the-soil (link in bio)

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#SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #CatholicMoms #ChristianMoms #ChristianInfertilitySupport #Catholicwomen #Catholicmoms #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod
"It’s not the seed’s job to till the soil, to provide or enrich the soil, or to do anything at all but surrender to it," writes Delsonora on the blog, "and today we are seeds. "Those other tasks are necessary; but even for the farmer, there comes a point when all that can be done is to surrender and trust. Only God can make a seed grow, and today, we ourselves are the seed." Read more on the blog: https://springsinthedesert.org/trusting-the-sower-and-surrendering-to-the-soil (link in bio) . . . #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport #CatholicInfertilityCommunity #infertilityandfaith #CatholicWivesTTC #CatholicTTC #CatholicMarriage #CatholicWomen #ChristianInfertility #CatholicMoms #ChristianMoms #ChristianInfertilitySupport #Catholicwomen #Catholicmoms #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #befruitful #fruitfulness #infertilityblog #Catholicblog #surrender #trust #trustinGod
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As we close out May, the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jillian and Katie reflect on Mary's example of fruitfulness as it stems from her relationship to God. Just like Mary, we are beloved sons and daughters of God the Father, and Mary is our blueprint for living a faithful, fruitful life. You can find The Springs in the Desert Podcast wherever you like to listen: https://springsinthedesert.org/podcast/ #SpringsintheDesert #CatholicInfertility #CatholicInfertilitySupport
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