Marriages for Mary
"Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5)

Upcoming Retreat!
Year of Mercy – Marriages for Mary Retreat
Rome, Italy
March 31st to April 3rd, 2016

Retreat Location Villa Palazzola -

Retreat Overview

Dates: Thursday, March 31st to Sunday, April 3rd (2016)
Place: Villa Palazzola (Rome, Italy)
Deadline for booking is November 15th (2015).

Retreat Theme

This past March, Our Holy Father Pope Francis announced that the Church will celebrate an extraordinary jubilee Holy Year of Mercy. The Church as a witness to the great mercy of Christ is calling us all to a spiritual conversion within our lives.

The Year of Mercy – Marriages for Mary Retreat in Rome will offer to both couples and individuals the opportunity to enter fully into the mystery of God’s unlimited mercy He has for each of us.

This year’s retreat in Rome will focus on Pope Francis’ theme of mercy, as well as, forgiveness, the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and what it means to have a true spiritual conversion in one’s marriage and one’s life.

During the retreat there will be opportunities for one-on-one spiritual direction either with a priest/religious or a lay person, confession, silent prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Mass will be offered each day.

On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 3rd) those on retreat are invited to make their way to St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome) and pass through the Year of Mercy HOLY DOOR at St. Peter’s Basilica (Plenary Indulgence). Those who wish may either attend a private Mass in one of the many chapels at St. Peter’s Basilica or attend the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.


If you would like to join us in Rome for this Year of Mercy retreat you are asked to contact directly the Villa Palazzola (Rome) retreat centre.

The deadline for registering and ensuring you have accommodations is November 15th (2015)..

The Villa Palazzola

Telephone: +39 06 94 74 91 78

If you wish to arrive before the retreat begins or of stay longer, you are asked to make those arrangements directly with the Villa Palazzola. Please note that space is limited, as we have 11 rooms for couples and 8 rooms for individuals (all ensuite). Bookings are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Retreat Dates

The Year of Mercy - Marriages for Mary retreat will begin with the Holy Mass on Thursday, March 31th at 7:00 pm. The retreat will officially end on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3rd.

Ground Transportation To arrange transport from the airport to the Villa Palazzola (and return) you are asked to make those arrangements directly with the Villa Palazzola.


The cost for the retreat will be based on how long you wish to stay at the Villa Palazzola. Couples and or individuals wishing to attend the retreat are responsible for the following:

  • Booking their own flights to/from Rome
  • Arranging ground transportation to the Villa Palazzola and return to the airport (the Villa Palazzola can assist with these arrangements)
  • Booking their own accommodations at the Villa Palazzola (deadline is November 15th (2015).)
  • And any other personal costs incurred

*Please note that there is no cost for the retreat itself, however those on retreat may wish to make a good will donation to the Marriages for Mary team. Envelopes will be provided.

Villa Palazzola

Located on the lakeside just outside Rome, the Villa Palazzola is a 13th century Cistercian monastery, fully refurbished and modernised with a large swimming pool and breathtaking garden terrace.  The Villa Palazzola hosts retreats, parish groups, pilgrims, school groups, families, couples or people on holiday on their own who stay for a couple of days or a couple of weeks.  It's truly a wonderful place to hold a wedding or renew marriage vows.

Retreat Personnel

The Year of Mercy – Marriages for Mercy Retreat in Rome is organized by Gerard and Rita McCarthy the founders of Marriages for Mary. For more information