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Navigating Troubled Times!

The Two Pillars: Our Lady & the Eucharist

A Gospa Missions Retreat

 Are finding it hard to understand the Faith? Are you looking for ways to incorporate your faith into your daily life? In today's world, a strong Catholic Faith is essential to navigate these troubling times.


August 3, 2024


Registration & Breakfast begins at 7:30am

There is limited seating so reserve your seat today. 

Full retreat schedule at the bottom of the page


Highfield Community Center

229 Highfield Road

Butler, PA 16001

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Featured Speakers

Father Joseph Freedy

Father Joe Freedy is the youngest of five children. He grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Bethel Park High School. Earning a scholarship to the University at Buffalo to play football, Father Freedy started at quarterback for three years. After college, he entered the seminary in Pittsburgh and was assigned to study in Rome first at the Gregorian University and then at the John Paul II Institute. He was ordained a priest in June of 2008 and is currently assigned at Holy Redeemer in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

Father Joseph Tuscan, OFM, Cap.

Fr. Joseph was born in Columbus, OH, in 1967 and was raised in Canton, OH.  He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1989 from Borromeo College Seminary. In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master's degree in theology in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

Fr. Joseph's first assignment after ordination was in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific where he served for four years.  Returning to the US in 2001, he has served in various capacities as parochial vicar, pastor, military and hospital chaplain and has also served in Puerto Rico.

Fr. Joseph currently serves as the national director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers and in full-time preaching ministry for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, Religious and Priests.

Sister Faustina Maria

Sister Faustina Maria is a founding member of the Sisters of Children of Mary.  Sister was born in Reno NV, and raised in northern California until she was 14 when she moved to the border of Arkansas and Missouri.  Not raised in any religion, she came into the church of her own free will at the age of 12 when her mother returned to the Sacraments. She began to pray the daily rosary at 17 and it was Our Blessed Mother who gave her a deep thirst for God. At 20 years old she entered the Children of Mary on November 7th 2012.  She currently works in a women’s prison ministry teaching RCIA and travels the country helping to lead retreats, Holy Hours, Missions etc. She also helps form the younger sisters in the charism—to love and spread love for Our Eucharistic Lord.

Paul F. Ruggieri, MS Paul Ruggieri is a television producer, TV Photojournalist, and editor. He works at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh and is also the owner of Glass Valley Media, Inc., a company that produces corporate and documentary productions. Over the course of his career, he has earned 40 Emmy awards (Mid-Atlantic), two Golden Eagle Cines, three Gabriel awards, an Edward R. Murrow award, and many local and regional awards for his work in television.  Paul’s goal is to transform hearts through evangelization. He is the author of “Answers for Troubled Times: Spiritual Warfare Edition.” This book details the psychological process in which multimedia breaks down morality and proves that the Catholic faith is the One True Faith.  He and his wife Marie have six children and reside near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Isaac Bruce -

Former Youth Mason & Catholic Revert

Mr. Bruce is a 22 year old Pittsburgh area native and a revert to the Catholic faith. As a teenager, he was a very active local leader of the Order of DeMolay, the largest international youth fraternity of the Masonic Lodge, for 4 years. Isaac will give insight into why Freemasonry is incompatible with Catholicism and how he was able to see the light of Christ through it all and leave Masonic Youth behind as a 17 year old."


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 This day will include the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, opportunity for confession, Mysteries of the Rosary, First Saturday Devotions, morning snack and lunch, five great speakers, and the opportunity to shop for religious items and inspiring books! Fr. Tuscan will also be bringing a glove of St. Padre Pio for veneration.

Come enjoy a faith-filled day!

Retreat Schedule


7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast (Confession available) 

8:30 a.m. Speaker: Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap.

9:10 a.m. First Saturday Devotions 

9:30 a.m. Break 

9:45 a.m. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass followed by Adoration with opportunity for confession

11:15 a.m. Break 

11:30 a.m. Speaker: Fr. Joe Freedy 

12:30 p.m. Lunch 

1:45 p.m. Speaker: Paul Ruggieri 

2:30 p.m. Break 

3:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy 

3:15 p.m. Speaker: Sister Faustina Maria 

4 p.m. Speaker: Isaac Bruce 

4:45 p.m. Rosary - Joyful Mysteries 

5:15 p.m. Closing and Prayer