Doubt and Hope
#14 Women's Retreat with Mrs. Carol Ackels
April 6-9, 2017

Doubt is defined as a feeling of uncertainty.  In today’s world, we can also feel hope uncertain. Some say there is a struggle between doubt and hope.  But, there is a messy reality to lived belief.  Might doubt and hope be the opposite sides of the same coin?  This Lenten retreat explores doubt and hope within the transformational experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  If you desire honesty and healing; if you seek a richer way to consider faith; if you want the freedom to self-reflect and pray; and if you aspire to deeper relationship with God and others, this is a retreat for you.


Take time for yourself, be renewed and draw closer to God; come to a retreat at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House.

  • A retreat is a time of quiet when you can get away from the ordinary demands of life.
  • A retreat provides both time and space to gain a better perspective on the deeper meaning of your life.
  • A retreat offers more of what you yearn for, that is a place and a way to come to know God better in intimate and personal relationship.
  • A retreat is a time of reconciliation and peace.
  • A retreat is a gift you give yourself and allow the Lord to bless the gift. It is a time for you to be good to yourself.

Discovering or deepening your own way of praying is an important outcome of the Montserrat retreat. A Montserrat retreat will ask you to look at your relationships: with God, with your spouses and families, with friends, with the Church, with your own world -- and with you own self. And you will hear Jesus Christ saying to you "Do not be afraid."

Carol Atwell Ackels    

The retreat guide for the April 6-9, 2017 women's retreat is Carol Atwell Ackels. Carol, Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute, has offered the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius all across the United States, including weekend preached retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats. 

She is a Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, and was recognized with Montserrat's Ignatian Award in 2016. Carol regularly gives programs and days of reflection to parish and Church groups, as well as workshops and formation programs to help others move into retreat ministry and spiritual companioning. Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the province Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. 

Carol worked with Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J. in developing the Toward Greater Freedom retreat, and co-authored with Fr. Joe Tetlow, S.J. the twelve week ignatian retreat, Finding Christ in the World. Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and has worked with numerous Catholic organizations in communications and fundraising. She and her husband reside in Dallas. They are parents of five adult children, and grandparents to two.

Register online here or call 940-321-6020. Register early and reserve your place with a $50.00 advance deposit.  
Major credit cards/checks accepted. Private accommodations, meals, prayers talks, and individual spiritual direction are all included.  

600 N Shady Shores Drive Lake Dallas, TX 75065 | (940) 321-6020 |