FEAR NOT | February 8-10, 2019




We might not mind dirt under our fingernails or being tougher than the rest on the pick-up football team.  We might love musical theater or fine wines.  We might have crappy dads or wonderful ones.  Someone might have hurt us badly once, but that might not be our story.  We might wear flannel or pink. And we just might eat those stereotypes for breakfast.


We might say “gay,” “queer,” “my cross,” or “same sex attraction.”  The trail wasn’t clear when we were growing up and we’ve been forging through the wilderness ever since. But we know we’re children of God. We want to be disciples of Christ. We’re baptized in water and the Spirit.


And we’re walking unafraid.


We’re not here to play politics or pander to powers-that-be.  We’re about persons, not the status quo.  We’re a little rough around the edges, maybe a little jaded.  We’re working on that.  But the dust of the road is wiped by our Brother with a basin and towel.  We don’t rejoice in our temptations, but we do embrace our opportunities.  The way of Christ is the way of Calvary and that is no cause for shame. 


We know who we are, and whose we are.


And we’re walking unafraid.


Like any good hike, switchbacks cross the mountain.  Like any good road trip, the highway wends and winds it’s way through the trees.  Like any good symphony, themes layer and converge and rise and repeat.  This is no clear mathematical formula.  These aren’t to-do lists or checkboxes to mark completion.  


This is a pilgrim way.  


And we’re walking unafraid.


Want to join us?


3 days and 2 nights in a wooded enclave, meals included

Dynamic communal prayer and sacraments

Space for solitude and quiet rejuvenation

Family dinners and happy hours

Mentors on hand for spiritual advice and life chats

Practical, personal breakout topics like:

Holistic, Embodied Living

Intimacy & Accountability

Building Broader Community

Spirituality of the Single Life

| COST |

$200 + optional $50 for airport transportation

The retreat is in the greater Atlanta area. Exact location will be shared with registered participants.


Registration for retreat is now closed.



Fr. John Ezratty was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the Religious Order of Miles Christi at the time of its foundation and has been a priest for 16 years.  After many years as Dean of Studies, Professor of Philosophy and Spiritual Director at the Miles Christi Seminary in Argentina, Fr. John was assigned to the Miles Christi community  in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He travels throughout the USA preaching retreats and days of recollection, giving conferences and providing spiritual direction.  He also is a National Chaplain with FOCUS.


Jen Settle is a Consecrated Virgin living in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Through her work at the Theology of the Body Institute, where she currently serves as its Director of Programs, she discerned a life consecration to the Lord. She has Bachelor and Master degrees in Theology and Parish Ministry from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Jen worked in religious education and adult faith formation for 15 years before joining the Theology of the Body Institute staff, teaching Theology of the Body throughout the country.


Anna Carter is the Co-Founder and President of Eden Invitation, serving most often as vision-caster, general ringleader, and wordsmith. 

Anna majored in Theology and Catechetics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, following which she served as a NET missionary and supervisory staff. She worked in ministry with youth and young adults prior to founding Eden Invitation in 2017. She continues to write freelance and speak across the country. 



Shannon Ochoa is the Co-Founder of Eden Invitation, filling the critical roles of "Mama Bear" and diligent workhorse.

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Shannon encountered Christ anew through the Newman Center at UW-Madison. Her desire to understand herself and others led to programs in Social Welfare and Gender & Women's Studies. Prior to founding Eden Invitation, Shannon has worked in college campus ministry with the Evangelical Catholic and Brew City Catholic.


Amy received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. With over twenty years of experience working with individuals on their journey to wholeness, including private practice, residential treatment centers, churches, and elementary schools, she offers a diverse skill set as a counselor. Amy has a gift of coming alongside people and offering her strength and tenderness. She believes that we all hunger for a reality and depth to our lives that only Christ provides.


Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo, O.P. is a priest of the Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, in the Western United States. He grew up on the Oregon Coast as an evangelical Protestant and converted to Catholicism in high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in applied physics before entering the Dominican Order. He was ordained a priest in 2009 and worked in campus ministry in Seattle. He is currently finishing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

"I am with you always."

| Matthew 28:20 |