Inspiring Women

Strengthening Families

Enriching Culture

Living with Joy and Purpose in Service to Others

Petawa is a center for women in Milwaukee founded on the Christian understanding of the dignity of the human person and authentic, empowered femininity. We are dedicated to the Christian development of women of all ages, and work to build strong families, vibrant communities and a stable society, one woman at a time. We teach the Faith, encourage practical development of virtues, and challenge women to use their professional work to benefit family and society. We empower women and girls to use their feminine identity to live their vocation in the pursuit of holiness and to be of service to others. When women seek holiness in everyday life, accepting their responsibility to be a trustee of humanity, they strengthen the very fibers of civil society. 

Petawa offers women of all ages – whether married or single, children or adults, professionals inside or outside the home – a complete plan of integrated formation, to improve their intellectual, moral, spiritual, cultural, and professional lives. This formation is offered through classes, engaging leadership programs, service projects, opportunities for teaching Catholic catechism to children, Catholic spiritual retreats, marriage seminars, Catholic theology classes, and other spiritual activities.

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The Cornerstone Campaign

The Need for Our New Center

For over 60 years, Petawa has equipped women and girls in the Midwest to live a Christian vocation and transform culture. To continue our mission and accommodate the growing programs, a larger, more vibrant and centrally located campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin is being built.

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"Petawa changed my life. I was challenged and inspired to develop my talents, and I created lifelong friendships with people from diverse backgrounds."

- Stephanie M., Los Angeles, CA

Upcoming Events

  • Women's Retreat April 1 - 3
    Women's Retreat April 1 - 3
    Wynncliff Retreat Center
    Apr 01, 2:00 PM – Apr 03, 2:00 PM
    Wynncliff Retreat Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $350 - Single Occupancy Room
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  • Women's Retreat April 8 - 10
    Women's Retreat April 8 - 10
    Wynncliff Retreat Center
    Apr 08, 2:00 PM CDT – Apr 10, 2:00 PM CDT
    Wynncliff Retreat Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $350 - Single Occupancy Room
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  • Women's Retreat April 22 - 24
    Women's Retreat April 22 - 24
    Wynncliff Retreat Center
    Apr 22, 2:00 PM – Apr 24, 2:00 PM
    Wynncliff Retreat Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $350 - Single Occupancy Room
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  • Women's Retreat April 29 - May 1
    Women's Retreat April 29 - May 1
    Wynncliff Retreat Center
    Apr 29, 2:00 PM – May 01, 2:00 PM
    Wynncliff Retreat Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $350 - Single Occupancy Room
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  • Women's Retreat May 13 - 15
    Women's Retreat May 13 - 15
    Wynncliff Retreat Center
    May 13, 2:00 PM – May 15, 2:00 PM
    Wynncliff Retreat Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $350 - Single Occupancy Room
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