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Lay Retreats – 2017

February 17-19, 2017  — WOMEN’S RETREAT  — Sr. Jeanine Kuhn, Retreat Director

Theme: “We are God’s work of art … and, We are fellow workers with God.”

Ephesians 2:10, 1 Cor 3:9

Sr. Jeanine Kuhn is a former director of American Martyrs Retreat House.   She has served as a teacher, pastoral associate and Congregational leader. Sr. Jeanine is a spiritual director and gives retreats and renewal days. She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee (60 years) as a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, in July of 2016. She is now semi-retired living in Dubuque at the formation house on the grounds of the Motherhouse.

The retreat begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday and concludes after lunch Sunday.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).


April 7-9, 2017 — MEN’S RETREAT — Rev. James Starbuck, Retreat Director

Theme:  “Gentlemen Start Your Engines”

An opportunity to take 48 hours to travel around your life and your heart, so as to come to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Fr. Jim Starbuck was ordained a priest for the Oakland Diocese of California. He served in the military as a surgical nurse and later, after his ordination and a time in parish work, as a Chaplain. Fr. Jim lives in Cedar Falls. He gives retreats, missions, renewal days, is a spiritual director, and he has a healing ministry. He speaks from his heart sharing his own relationship with Jesus and the work of the Spirit.

Arrival is at 8:00 p.m. Friday and departure after lunch Sunday.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).


August 11-13, 2017 — MARIAN RETREAT FOR MEN & WOMEN  — Rev. Jerry Kopacek, Retreat Director

Theme: “Our Lady of Fatima-100 Years Later”

In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three young children in Fatima, Portugal.  She gave them a number of messages and urged them to pray for the conversion of sinners.  During this retreat we will review the story of Fatima and what Mary showed the children and what she told them.  We will also see how the message of Fatima is still very timely and relevant for us 100 years later.

Retreat Director: Fr. Jerry Kopacek

Fr. Kopacek grew up on a farm near Britt in north-central Iowa and graduated from Britt High School in 1973. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1977 with a B.A. in political science and history, and then graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1980. He worked for four years in Des Moines, mostly as a law clerk for the Iowa Court of Appeals. While working in Des Moines he began thinking more and more about the priesthood and began theological studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore MD in 1984 and was ordained as a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Dubuque in May of 1988.

Fr. Kopacek has served as an associate pastor in Dyersville, Mason City, Marion and Springville. He also served as principal of Newman High School in Mason City.

He has served as pastor in three Catholic parishes in Winnebago County, in Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dyersville, Worthington. He currently is the spiritual director for St. Pius X Seminary, for the young men at Loras College in Dubuque who are in college-level discernment and formation for priesthood.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).


October 6-8, 2017 —  CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS/WOMEN’S RETREAT – Rev. Dan Knipper, Retreat Director

Theme: “Live Successfully with Faith, Hope and Charity.”

With these three virtues active in our life we will find that our life will be filled with a success that supersedes all that we might find in worldly goals and ambitions.

Fr. Dan Knipper was ordained in the Archdiocese of Dubuque by Archbishop James J. Byrne in June of 1967. Since then he has served the Archdiocese in a variety of ways including parishes, high schools and grade schools in St. Raphael Cathedral, Bellevue, Gilbertville, Holy Cross, North Buena Vista, Cresco, Plymouth Rock, director of American Martyrs Retreat House, University of Northern Iowa, Dike, Waterloo, Lansing, New Albin, Harpers Ferry, Cherry Mound & Wexford all within the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

He has also been very active in liturgy and especially liturgical music on a diocesan and national level. At present he is retired in Decorah and continues to carry on his priestly ministry through parish coverage in the North East Iowa area.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).


November 3-5, 2017 — KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OF THE STATE OF IOWA RETREAT – Rev. Richard Ament, Retreat Director

Theme:  “The King: the King’s Knights; the Kingdom”

First Conference:  Who is this King whom we serve:  getting it right about Jesus Christ and the reign/kingdom of God.

Second Conference:  The King’s Knights:  Knights as disciples of God in Jesus Christ.

Third Conference:  The nature of the reign/kingdom of God.

The thrust of this retreat is to explore and meditate on the marvelous mystery of the reign of God as spoken of and acted upon by Jesus Christ.  Then, to touch upon how the Knights of Columbus can carry on and carry out what Jesus began 21 centuries ago.  A great deal of use will be made of the New Testament Scriptures,

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).


December 31, 2017 — January 1, 2018  —  NEW YEAR’S EVE RETREAT – Scott Froyen

Topic: A Resolution Revolution – Make it Matter and Perpetuate

Purpose: To build and live your personal plan toward sainthood

Outcome: Participants will leave with a one-page personalized 2018 plan toward sainthood, and a measurement system to keep them engaged and on track.

Time:  New Year’s Eve 2017 (5 p.m.) – New Year’s Day 2018 (11 a.m.)

Retreat Director: Scott Froyen

Scott is the Founder of The Saint Builder Foundation and author of the book, “sAint Me?! – A practical guide to building and living your personal plan toward sainthood.” He is a graduate of UNI and a CPA. He spent 33 years as a business leader in the health insurance industry. He thought he had retired into a life of leisure, but surprise, the Holy Spirit had other plans. By combining his results-oriented business expertise in problem solving and planning with his lifelong Catholic faith, he is now on a mission to guide, motivate and inspire people to strive to become saints, starting with himself. For further information please refer to

Retreat Overview: There will be three general sessions providing participants an opportunity to (1) reflect upon the past year, (2) develop 2018 goals, and (3) design a plan to achieve those goals. An ongoing review process and tool will also be presented to help ensure that plans become actions that achieve results. Each session will include presentation of concepts and methods, group discussion and ample time for individual reflection and planning. Also, please bring your sense of humor as Scott always brings his.

For purposes of this retreat, a saint is defined as someone who is striving to be their best self for the benefit of others, and is living virtuously. Those everyday little “s” saints, not canonized big “S” Saints. But who knows what you might accomplish through this one small step to plan your future.

This session is open to everyone who is interested in striving to become the saint they are meant to be. Need a couple quotes to become inspired to attend?

“To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.” – Pope Francis

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Retreat Contribution:  AMRH requests a contribution of $65.00 per person.  As a “thank you” to the DREAMERS, they may deduct $5.00 if they worked on the DREAM weekend!

To register or with further questions, contact the American Martyrs Retreat House #319-266-3543 or email



Preached Priest Retreats – 2018

June 10-14, 2018

October 21-25, 2018


Lay Retreats – 2018

March 23-25, 2018 — MEN’S RETREAT

August 10-12, 2018 — MARIAN RETREAT FOR MEN & WOMEN

October 12-14, 2018 C.D.A./WOMEN’S RETREAT


December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018 NEW YEAR’S EVE RETREAT


Mini or one day retreats are also presented.  They are sponsored by the Catholic Parishes of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and American Martyrs Retreat House.  Watch the website or parish flyers for more details.




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