Women's Cornerstone Retreat

February 25-26, 2022

A Gathering of Ordinary Women for an Extraordinary Experience

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What is Cornerstone?

Cornerstone is a 26-hour retreat and, according to Father John Barry, “an experience that you have to experience." It is a celebration of God's love that started in a Catholic Parish in New Jersey.  Cornerstone provides the opportunity to reflect, renew and strengthen your faith while meeting other women in our Parish and ultimately forming small, faith-based communities.

What can you expect?

Cornerstone is an opportunity to step out of the hustle of daily life.  It is a time to pause, to connect, and to open your heart to God’s loving embrace.  It’s a gift you can give yourself, and it’s your time…  to reflect on relationships… on blessings… on joys… on passions… and even on challenges.  It’s a welcoming environment where you are free to participate as much, or a little as you’d like; you choose what’s right for you.  Women in our parish have shared this soulful experience since the retreat first started at American Martyrs in 2007.  Won’t you give yourself the 26-hour gift you deserve this year?  We invite you to come and experience Cornerstone in our Parish facilities this February and see for yourself. 

Who should attend?

Cornerstone isn’t for any specific type of woman. It is for working and non-working women, mothers and non-mothers, married, single and divorced women, and women of all ages. It is for women who attend Mass daily, as well as those who have been away from the Church who want to reconnect. It is for anyone looking for a deeper connection to God, self, and other women within our church community. There is a place in Cornerstone for everyone.


The retreat begins Friday evening, February 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. and will end at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Meals will be provided at the American Martyrs parish facility. Unlike in years past, retreatants will not be sleeping over at our Parish facilities. A letter with details will be sent prior to the weekend.

Health and Safety

We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 environment to inform retreat plans and protect the health and safety of retreatants. As such, Archdiocese and local guidelines that are in place at the time of the retreat, will be followed. The following resources/links provide the most current guidelines and will continue to reflect any updates that occur between now and the retreat:  

Registration Note

Space is limited; all applicants will be notified of acceptance. Should registration exceed capacity, a lottery will be conducted. Cornerstone retreats are made possible due to the generosity of past and present participants. To help defray the cost, kindly make a donation according to your measure.  You may donate online below, send a check (Please make checks payable to American Martyrs Church.), following your notice of acceptance, or donate at the registration table Friday, February 25, 2022. 


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