Recovering Origins

October 25-October 27, 2019

Recovering Origins is a three day healing retreat for adult children of divorced or separated parents. The retreat invites participants to move through the broken image of love that appeared to them in their parents’ divorce to their deepest origin and identity as God’s beloved capable of great love. The retreat gives participants a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and the ways it affects their lives, offers advice about the difficulties concerning love and trust of others, and explains how the Catholic faith, spiritual practices, and the Sacraments are essential to self-knowledge and healing. This retreat has something for any adult child of divorce or separation no matter how much healing you have already received or need.


Space will be limited to 30 participants.

Topics covered, include:

  • Finding Our Deepest Identity
  • Faith and Our Relationship with God
  • Love, Dating, and the Sacrament of Marriage
  • Loneliness
  • Anger and Anxiety
  • False Guilt and Shame
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Family Boundaries
  • The Christian Meaning of Suffering
  • Healing and The Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist
    And More!

Retreat Schedule:

  • October 25, Friday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • October 26, Saturday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM (includes a light breakfast, refreshments, lunch, and dinner); there will also be an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration.
  • October 27, Sunday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (includes light breakfast and lunch); Sunday Mass will be part of the retreat.

Retreat Led by Fr. Daniel Leary, Pastor of Saint Andrew’s, and The Life-Giving Wounds Retreat Team:

Dr. Daniel Meola, Ph.D., Retreat Leader and Presenter
Daniel Meola is an adult child of divorce who earned his Ph.D. in Theology of Marriage and Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. While studying at the Institute, he helped faculty and other experts create Recovering Origins, a unique pastoral initiative to heal adult children of divorce. He has been leading Recovering Origins retreats since 2015 in the Archdiocese of Washington, and in 2018 he founded the Life-Giving Wounds traveling retreat team to spread Recovering Origins retreat and other ministry to adult children of divorce around the country. To find out more about Life-Giving Wounds please see, which is a new website that launches on May 5.

Dan has over fifteen years of experience running retreats and giving presentations to various groups, including for youth, young adults, engaged couples, and families. He currently works at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. where he facilitates evangelization and catechesis events for people of all ages. He has been married to Bethany since 2011 and they have one daughter Zelie-Louise, who they welcomed into their family through the gift of adoption. Dan and Bethany live in Bowie, MD and are members of Teams of Our Lady, an international marriage apostolate.

Michael Corsini, M.T.S., Retreat Musician and Presenter
Mike is a husband and father of five. It’s this vocation that gives life to everything he does. Michael is an artist, musician, and speaker. He believes that his mission is to help people experience the powerful love of God through an authentic encounter with beauty.

Michael is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and has a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. He also spent five years as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal before discerning a call to marriage.

Michael is a gifted worship leader and has led music for thousands of holy hours, masses and retreats for nearly two decades. He has worked in post-abortion healing ministry for many years, as well as many other kinds of healing retreats. Michael has recently released his second worship record and is completing a large altarpiece depicting the vision of Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Fatima. For more about Michael’s music and art see

Female Retreat Presenter TBD

Other Important Notes:

This is a commuter retreat to keep costs low, so please note that the $110 retreat fee does not include overnight lodging. For those who would like lodging, please see the local hotels near the retreat location.

Coffee/light refreshments and several meals are included as part of the retreat.

Must be 18 or older to attend.

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