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.

News

"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

  • Fall Speaker Series: No-Fuss Fashion
    Fall Speaker Series: No-Fuss Fashion
    Western Racquet Club
    Oct 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    Western Racquet Club, 1800 Highland Dr, Elm Grove, WI 53122, USA
    What to wear and how to wear it, without losing your mind or blowing your budget!
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  • Women's Late October Retreat
    Women's Late October Retreat
    Wynncliff Conference Center
    Oct 29, 2:00 PM CDT – Oct 31, 2:00 PM CDT
    Wynncliff Conference Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $325 Single Occupancy
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  • Women's Early November Retreat
    Women's Early November Retreat
    Wynncliff Conference Center
    Nov 12, 2:00 PM – Nov 14, 2:00 PM
    Wynncliff Conference Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $325 Single Occupancy
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  • Annual Fall Luncheon: Leading Through Your Social Media
    Annual Fall Luncheon: Leading Through Your Social Media
    Elm Grove
    Nov 13, 10:45 AM
    Elm Grove, 1800 Highland Dr, Elm Grove, WI 53122, USA
    Learn how to craft a social media presence that reflects your persona and goals.
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  • Fall Speaker Series: First-Aid for Feelings
    Fall Speaker Series: First-Aid for Feelings
    Western Racquet Club
    Nov 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Western Racquet Club, 1800 Highland Dr, Elm Grove, WI 53122, USA
    Emotional regulation tips for adults and children with Cindy Twetten
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  • Women's Late November Retreat
    Women's Late November Retreat
    Wynncliff Conference Center
    Nov 19, 2:00 PM – Nov 21, 2:00 PM
    Wynncliff Conference Center, 11803 Lakeshore Dr, Cleveland, WI 53015, USA
    $325 Single Occupancy
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