The Springs in the Desert team held our first one-day retreat for women experiencing infertility in Philadelphia, PA on December 7, 2019. The day included talks, group sharing, and Adoration.
Here are comments from some of the participants:
“Everyone was wonderful! This is such a great opportunity not to feel alone.”
“Infertility is not my fault, and God is not punishing me.”
“Thank you for sharing His love with us and affirming that we are each meant to be here – we’re not alone.”
“Connecting with other women struggling with the same experience AND feeling loved by God…is not something you can get from secular therapy or from standard infertility support groups.”
“Thank you for sharing your hearts and stories…This has been healing in ways I didn’t know I needed.”
If you would like to bring the Springs in the Desert team to your diocese or parish, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming retreats: South Bend, Indiana May 9, 2020
Kimberly Henkel holds a PhD in Moral Theology/Ethics from the Catholic University of America and is the former Executive Vice-President of the National Pro-Life Action Center on Capitol Hill. She studied bioethics in Rome at the Regina Apostolorum, and earned a Master’s degree in Theology from the John Paul II Institute at Catholic University. Currently living in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, she is an Affiliated Scholar at Kenyon College. Kimberly teaches fertility awareness methods to medical school students through Fertility Appreciation Consortium to Teach the Science (FACTS) and has been a regular guest on The Catholic Doctor’s Radio Show. Kimberly has appeared on many radio and television programs, including the Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, CNN and RNN TV. Kimberly is co-founder of Springs in the Desert.
Ann M. Koshute holds a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America Following graduation Ann served as Assistant Director of the Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, assisting couples in preparing for marriage. She is currently Adjunct Online Instructor in Theology at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and lives with her husband, Keith, in Central Pennsylvania. She is a writer, speaker, retreat coordinator/leader and regular columnist for the Eastern Catholic Life, the official publication of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic. She has appeared on the In His Sign Catholic Radio Network as a guest and co-host, and performed in the plays of St. John Paul II in the United States and Europe as a founding member of Theophany Catholic Theatre Company. Ann is co-founder of Springs in the Desert.
Alexandra Kleineck is a Catholic wife, godmother, professional engineer, and native Marylander. She lives with her husband in Dallas, Texas where she enjoys practicing the art of homemaking and playing with their pet Labrador. Alexandra currently volunteers at her parish as a catechist to 6th graders and as a small group facilitator for those joining the Church through RCIA. She previously served as a member of the young adult core team at her former parish in Washington DC, where she helped plan retreats and small group discussions.
Andrea Mahoney is a lifelong practicing Roman Catholic who dwells in central Pennsylvania with her husband of five years She has a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of St. Thomas and is currently getting her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Avila Institute to embrace her spiritual motherhood. Along with carrying the cross of infertility, Andrea’s husband also battles chronic illness. You can find more about her on her blog at visitationofhearts.com.