Patricia A. Merlo, M.P.M.

While lectures on spirituality may hold our attention and inform our thinking, experience-based presentations are more likely to touch and expand our hearts. My retreats and workshops provide the time and space for participants to identify and respond to what resonates within them and to find where God is present in their everyday life circumstances.

 Retreats and Workshops:

  • Include time for personal reflection, small or large group interaction, and power point presentations
  • Use examples from my work as a spiritual director, hospital chaplain, teacher, and co-facilitator of a Grief Support Group
  • Explore different paths to spiritual growth: prayer and Christian meditation, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, and compassion for oneself and others
  • Range from one hour to overnight retreat schedules
  • Adapt to Roman Catholic, Protestant, or mixed-faith audiences, as needed
  • Are recommended by more than 93% of past participants (see TESTIMONIALS)
  • Workshops available: Click on the titles below for more information.

Upcoming Workshops and Retreats

Feb. 9, 2019
9 AM - 3 PM

Annual Retreat
Julian of Norwich

Contemplative Outreach
   of Central Florida
St. Patrick Catholic Church
6803 Old Hwy 441
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Contact: Dan Wagner
dwagner119@gmail.com

Mar. 23, 2019

Forgiveness

Visitation North Spirituality Center 
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Contact: 248.433.0950

Apr. 18 - 21, 2019

Triduum Retreat

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Retreat and Spirituality Center
3989 S. Moon Dr.
Venice, FL 34292
941-486-0233
www.olph-retreat.org

May 3-5 2019

Holiness

Capuchin Retreat Center
62460 Mt. Vernon
Washington, MI 48094
248-651-4826

May 17-19, 2019

Women’s Retreat Weekend

Capuchin Retreat Center
62460 Mt. Vernon
Washington, MI 48094
248-651-4826

Nov. 8-10, 2019

Praying with Women from the Bible

St. Mary’s Retreat House 
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford,  MI  48371
Contact: Jeanne Crowl
810-765-8152

Dec. 7- 8, 2019

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Retreat and Spirituality Center
3989 S. Moon Dr.
Venice, FL 34292
941-486-0233
www.olph-retreat.org

Prior Workshops and Retreats

2018

Dec. 7  2018 9:45AM - Dec. 8 2:00 PM

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center 3989 S. Moon Dr. Venice, FL 34292 941-486-0233 www.olph-retreat.org

Nov. 28  2018 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Breathing New Life Into Our Prayer

St. Mary’s Retreat House 
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford   MI 48371
Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Nov. 7  2018 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Breathing New Life Into Our Prayer

St. Mary’s Retreat House 
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford   MI 48371
Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Nov. 3  2018 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Men’s Retreat Weekend

Capuchin Retreat Center 62460 Mt. Vernon Washington, MI 48094 248-651-4826

Oct. 3  2018 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Breathing New Life Into Our Prayer

St. Mary’s Retreat House775 W. Drahner Rd.
Oxford   MI 48371
Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Sept. 29  2018 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Women’s Retreat Weekend

Capuchin Retreat Center 62460 Mt. Vernon Washington, MI 48094 Contact 248-651-4826

Sept. 8  2018 9 AM - 11:15 AM

Promoter’s Retreat: Mary’s Fiat

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Sept. 5  2018 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Breathing New Life Into Our Prayer

St. Mary’s Retreat House 
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford   MI 48371
Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

May 16  2018  9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Women of the Old Testament - Miriam

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Apr 21  2018

Mother Teresa

Council of Catholic Women Contact: Beverly Nicholson 734.654.3353

Apr 14  2018   9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Pope Francis: A Gift from the Spirit to the People of God

Visitation North Spirituality Center Bloomfield Hills, MI Contact: 248.433.0950

Apr 11  2018  9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Women of the Old Testament - Esther

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Mar 14  2018  9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Women of the Old Testament - Susanna

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Feb 21  2018   9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Women of the Old Testament - Hannah

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact: Kim 248-628-3894

Feb 6  2018   10:00 - 11:30 AM

Women of the Old Testament

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

Jan 23  2018  9:30 - 10:45 AM      repeated     7:00 - 8:45 PM

Women of the Old Testament - Hannah  Susanna  and Miriam

Epiphany Cathedral  
Venice, FL  
Contact Sr. Frances Lalor  941.485.2325

Jan 16  2018   10:00 - 11:30 AM

Women of the Old Testament -Susannah

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

2017

Dec. 7-8  2017   9 AM Thurs. - 2 PM Fri.

Advent Retreat - Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center 3989 S. Moon Dr. Venice, FL 34292 941-486-0233 www.olph-retreat.org

Dec. 1-2  2017     7 PM Fri. - 4 PM Sat.

Saying a Deeper モYesヤ to God with the Four Teresas

Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality Denver,   CO Contact: 303-298-1498

Nov 29  2017 9:45 AM -     1:00 PM

Legacy of Faith  through Maryメs Eyes Part 2

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Oct 28  2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Julian of Norwich - All’s Well

Visitation North Spirituality Center Bloomfield Hills, MI Contact: 248.433.0950

Oct 25   2017 9:45 AM -     1:00 PM

Legacy of Faith  through Mary’s Eyes Part 1

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Sep 5  2017 1:00 PM - 2 PM

Women of the O.T.  through Mary’s Eyes - Part 2

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

Aug 30  2017 Noon - 1:00 PM

Women of the O.T. through Mary’s Eyes - Part 1

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

Jun. 7  2017  9:45 AM     - 1:00 PM

St. Mother Teresa

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Jun. 6  2017

St. Mother Teresa

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

May 3  2017  9:45 AM     - 1:00 PM

St. Theresa of Avila

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

May 2  2017  10:45 AM

St. Theresa of Avila

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

Apr. 27  2017     9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Manresa Jesuit Retreat and Spirituality Center Bloomfield Hills, MI
Contact:  248.644.4933

Apr. 5  2017  9:45 AM     - 1:00 PM

St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Apr. 4  2017  10:45 AM

St. Therese of Lisieux

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

Mar. 8  2017  9:45 AM     - 1:00 PM

St. Teresa Benedicta  (Edith Stein)

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Mar. 4  2017     9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Praying with the Heart of Jesus

St. Lucy Parish     Holy Family Hall St. Clair Shores, MI   Contact Darlene at 586.772.0047

Feb. 25  2017     9:30 AM -        12:30 PM

Praying with the Heart of Jesus

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd. 
Oxford, MI Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Feb. 11  2017     9 AM - Noon

Women’s Retreat

St. Cornelius Dryden, MI Contact Sandra McConnell 810.796.2926

Feb. 7  2017 9:00 AM repeated at 7:00 PM

Julian of Norwich

Epiphany Cathedral  
Venice, FL  
Contact Sr. Frances Lalor  941.485.2325

2016

Dec. 7-8  2016  9 AM Wed. -     2 PM Thurs.

Advent Retreat - The Mystery of the Incarnation

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center 3989 S. Moon Dr. Venice, FL 34292 941-486-0233 www.olph-retreat.org

Nov.28  2016  7 PM

Advent by Candlelight

Christ the King Parish   Detroit, MI Contact: cabeaman@gmail.com

Nov. 7   2016  7 PM

Gratitude - Women’s Retreat

St. Lucy’s Womens’ Club
St. Clair Shores, MI Contact Darlene: 586-772-0047

Nov. 6   2016 Nov. 13  2016 Nov. 20  2016 5:30 PM -    7:30 PM

Advent Retreat - The Mystery of the Incarnation

Three Week Series
Our Lady of Refuge Parish Office 3725 Erie Dr. 
Orchard Lake, MI
Contact: Patty 248.909.9531 or pattymerlo@aol.com

Sept. 24   2016

Plenary Indulgences and the Year of Mercy

Our Lady of Refuge Parish Orchard Lake, MI  9 AM - 12 Noon Contact: 248-682--0920

Jul 5, 2016

Our Lady of Refuge  Mother of Mercy

Our Lady of Refuge Parish Orchard Lake, MI Contact: 248-682--0920

May 19, 2016

Joy of the Gospel

Bellarmine Retreat Center Barrington, IL  Contact: Mary Strybel at 847.308.6084

Mar 5, 2016

Mercy: Encountering God’s Boundless Love

SS. Peter and Paul 
6645 Washington 
North Branch, MI Contact: Gayle at 810.338.1915

Feb 24, 2016

Prayer of the Heart

St. Casimir Parish Lansing, MI  Contact: Kaye Small 517.482.1346

Feb 17, 2016

Intercessory Prayer

St. Casimir Parish 
Lansing, MI  Contact: Kaye Small 517.482.1346

Feb 14, 2016

Jubilee Year of Mercy

St. Lucy Parish   St. Clair Shores, MI  10:30 AM - Noon   Contact Karen at: 586.447.4224

Feb 10, 2016

Jubilee Year of Mercy

Fox Manor on the Lake
2350 Watkins Lk. Rd. Waterford, MI
Contact:  Sr. Teresita 248.674.9590

2015

Dec 16, 2015

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Orchard Lake Presbyterian Church Orchard Lake, MI Private Event

Dec. 8-9  2015

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center   Venice, FL  Contact Denise Riley  941.486.0233

Dec 1, 2015

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

St. Lucy Parish   St. Clair Shores, MI  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.   Contact Karen at: 586.447.4224

Nov 11, 2015

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Manresa Jesuit Retreat House 1390 Quarton Rd.  Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Contact: Denise Anderson 248.644.4933

Sept. 14  2015

Sharing the  Joy of the Gospel

Epiphany Cathedral  
Venice, FL  
Contact Sr. Frances Lalor  941.485.2325

June 9-10  2015

Prayer of the Heart

Our Lady of Mercy Church   Chicago, IL 
Contact: Marjorie H. Mariduena 773-588-1637

May 27, 2015

Introversion and Extraversion: Insights from MBTI

Countryside Improvement Association of West Bloomfield Township, MI (Private event)

May 16, 2015

Prayer of the Heart

Church of the Holy Spirit    3700 Harvey Lake Rd  Highland, MI  Contact:  Carolyn (248-887-2524) or Marcia (248-887-2927)

Feb 14, 2015

Prayer of the Heart

St. Mary’s Retreat House
775 W. Drahner Rd.  Oxford, MI  10:00 AM - 3:15 PM Contact Sr. Rita at 248-628-3894

Feb 3, 2015

Saying a Deeper モYesヤ to God with the Four Teresas

St. Williams Catholic Church   Naples, FL  9:15 - 11:15 AM Contact Sr. Christa:   srchrista@stwilliam.org

Jan 29, 2015

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center, Venice, FL Contact Denise Riley 941.486.0233

Jan 28, 2015

How to Pray for Loved Ones

Epiphany Cathedral  
Venice, FL  
Contact Sr. Frances Lalor 941.485.2325

2014

Dec. 8-9  2014

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center   Venice, FL Contact Denise Riley 941.486.0233

Dec 2, 2014

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

St. Lucy Parish   St. Clair Shore,  MI  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.   Contact Karen at: 586.447.4224

Nov 15, 2014

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Refuge Parish   Orchard Lake, MI.   Mass at 7:30 AM. Presentation 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Nov 1, 2014

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Our Lady of Refuge Parish   Orchard Lake, MI.  
7:00 AM - 8:45 AM. Followed by Mass.

Oct 23, 2014

Roadmap to Forgiveness

St. Joseph Parish   Lake Orion, MI  6-9 PM. Contact Kathy: khasty@stjosephlakeorion.org

Sept. 16  2014

Loved into Being

Epiphany Cathedral  
Venice, FL  
Contact Sr. Frances Lalor  941.485.2325

Jun 7, 2014

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Church of the Holy Spirit   Highland, MI  Contact: Chris Hatmaker chatmaker51@gmail.com

May 27, 2014

How to Pray for Loved Ones

St. Williams Catholic Church   Naples, FL  9:15 - 11:15 AM Contact Sr. Christa: srcoop2@aol.com

May 21, 2014

Things of the Heart (6.0 contact hours of C.E.U. given)

Southeast Michigan Hospital Chaplains Association (Private) Contact: creolfs@comcast.net (6.0 contact hours of C.E.U. given)

May 5, 2014

How to Pray for Loved Ones

Our Lady of Refuge Parish   Orchard Lake  MI.  
Contact Parish Office:  248.682.0920

Mar 29, 2014

Saying モYesヤ to God with the Four Teresas

St. Lucy Parish   St. Clair Shores, MI  9 AM to Noon.  Contact Karen at:  586.447.4224

Feb 3, 2014

How to Pray for Loved Ones

Epiphany Cathedral  
Venice, FL  
Contact Sr. Frances Lalor  941.485.2325

Feb 1, 2014

Saying “Yes” to God with the Four Teresas

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center Venice, FL Contact Sr. Carmella 941.486.0233 x3011

2013

Dec 11, 2013

Forgiveness: How to Forgive Oneself and Others

Florida Recovery Center Gainesville, FL. (Private)

Nov 23, 2013

Saying “Yes” to God with the Four Teresas

Our Lady of Refuge Parish   Orchard Lake, MI.  9 AM - Noon.  Contact Parish Office: 248.682.0920

Oct 9, 2013

Meditation - 11th Step

Florida Recovery Center   Gainesville, FL

May 1, 2013

The Four Teresas: How to Love God...

Annual Retreat for Religious Education Directors -- Northern and Western Suburbs  Chicago  IL

Feb-March 2013

Roadmap to Forgiveness

St. Lucy Parish  
St. Clair Shores,MI

Feb 1, 2013

Praying for Our Loved Ones

Men’s and Women’s Fellowship Groups  
Our Lady of Refuge Parish   Orchard Lake  MI

2012

Oct 1, 2012

Sitting with Inmates: Reflections on the Power of Forgiveness

Volunteer chaplains Oakland County Jails Michigan

Oct 1, 2012

Talking About Forgiveness with Our Patients

Spiritual Care Volunteers
St. John Macomb and Oakland Hospitals

Sept. 2012

Praying with Scriptures: Genesis

God Lessons
Centreville  MI

Jun 1, 2012

How to Forgive When Someone Continues to Hurt You

Chaplains  Oakwood Hospitals Dearborn  MI

Mar 1, 2012

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Prince of Peace Parish
West Bloomfield  MI

Feb 2012

Learning How to Forgive

St. Paul on the Lake Parish Grosse Pointe  MI

Feb  2012

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Our Lady of Refuge Parish Orchard Lake  MI

Feb 2012

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI

2011

Oct 1, 2011

Roadmap to Forgiveness

Visitation North Spirituality Center  Bloomfield Hills, MI

May 1, 2011

Spiritual Depression and Forgiveness

Southeast Michigan Healthcare Chaplains Association  
St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Livonia, MI

Apr 1, 2011

The Journey through Loss and Grief

Graduate Students
 Madonna University
Livonia, MI

Apr 1, 2011

Spiritual Injury and Forgiveness

Chaplains and Spiritual Care Staff Veterans Administration Hospital Detroit, MI

Mar 1, 2011

Roadmap to Forgiveness

All Saints Episcopal Church Pontiac,  MI

Mar 1, 2011

Talking About Forgiveness with Our Patients

Chaplain Interns Spiritual Care and Education Center Toledo, OH

2010

Oct 1, 2010

Forgiveness: A “Final Task”

Hospice Staff and Volunteers Three Rivers Hospice 
Three Rivers, MI

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