Women's Programs

Petawa offers a variety of programs for adult women. These include a Mothers' Exchange, book clubs, holiday celebrations, luncheons, speaker series, spiritual development, faith formation, and retreats. There's something for everyone. Join us!

Upcoming Recollections

Recollections are an opportunity to reflect on your everyday life in light of basic Christian principles. It aims to help you refresh your spirit and strengthen your personal relationship with God.  The recollection includes meditations (guided prayer by the priest), a talk, time for personal reflection, and the opportunity for spiritual direction or the Sacrament of Confession.


Tues., May 14th - 9am-11am at Petawa, Brookfield

Tues., May 14th - 7pm-9pm at Petawa, Brookfield

Sat., May 18th - 8am-10am at Holy Cross in Kaukauna

Tues., May 28th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm at St. Maria Goretti in Madison

Wed., May 29th - 9:30am-11:30am at Petawa, Brookfield

Petawa Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series is for women of all ages and stages of life open to learning more about culture in all its aspects. This season’s Speaker Series will be held one Thursday evening a month starting at 7pm. There is a suggested $15 donation, which can be paid at the door or by registering online.

Evergreen for Women 55+

Join us May 9th from 10-11:30AM at Petawa

This month we will hear from nutritionist, Katie Prescott, about the importance of taking care of our health and nutrition as we age.

*$10 suggested donation*

Welcome to Evergreen 55+, an event series designed exclusively for women aged 55 and older who believe in slowing down for the important things in life. This series is dedicated to bringing pizazz into this new chapter of life through the exploration of new and old friendships, shared hobbies, the joys of grandchildren, the complexities of adult children, and the pursuit of different interests. 

At Evergreen 55+, we believe that one is never too old to live out their dreams, whether it's starting a small business, embracing a new hobby, or delving into the pages of a fun book. 

The series features occasional speakers covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, travel, book reviews, navigating family life, overcoming losses, and accentuating the positive aspects of aging. We emphasize an interactive environment, where attendees are encouraged to be active participants rather than passive listeners. 

For more information contact Ann Knier aknier@me.com   

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March Speaker Series Recap:

Julie Allen shared the importance of understanding our temperaments in order to better serve our others.

Art of Living for Women

The Art of Living for Women offers seminars for women of all ages and stages of life open to learning more about culture in all its aspects. These seminars focus on the art of creating a home that fosters human flourishing.

Their modular curriculum combines classes, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences, giving women the skills they need to care for their family with confidence and artistry.

Here in Wisconsin, we host Art of Living seminars several times a year. 

Upcoming Seminars

Spiritual Devlopment

Faith Formation

Petawa offers faith formation classes to help you explore and deepen your experience of faith, grow in your relationship with God, and integrate your faith more fully and joyfully into your life. Classes include Philosophy, Theology and Catechetical studies.


Petawa offers weekend and midweek retreats for adult and professional women at Wynncliff Conference Center in Cleveland, WI. Retreats are also available at the Shellbourne Conference Center in Valpariso, IN.

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