Date Night with a Saint

Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Come to any or all sessions

The Catholic Conference Center invites you to attend a captivating series, Date Night with a Saint. Each Thursday evening, will begin with a light but delicious meal at 6:00 PM, followed by a thought-provoking discussion on one of the saints.

4:45 PM Holy Hour of Adoration (optional)
5:45 PM Benediction (optional)
6:00 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Program
7:55 PM Final Blessing

The Spirituality of Mother Teresa

September 17 through October 8

Learn from the example of Mother Teresa
Say ‘yes’ to God’s voice
Learn how to overcome distractions and obstacles

and times you feel alone and abandoned
and discover that inner light.

Come join us and explore the spirituality of Mother Teresa and learn how her life’s example may help you overcome discouragements and guide you in your own spiritual journey.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta is well-known as the mother of the poor and abandoned, but recent writings reveal she may also be the Mother of Mystical Darkness. Unknown to the world throughout most of her life’s magnificent work, she experienced a profound absence of God. Come and learn from Mother how to overcome those times in your life where you feel alone and abandoned.

Make Thursday a “Date Night with Mother Teresa”. Attend any one or all four Thursday evening sessions beginning September 17.

The discussions will be guided by the new book written by the beloved papal preacher, Fr. Raniero Cantalamesa, The Spirituality of Mother Teresa. From The Word Among Us website: “A beloved modern-day saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta continues to be a source of inspiration over twenty years after her death. She gave God her complete yes and became one of the most well-known and inspiring women of the twentieth century. Fr. Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, invites us to say yes to God’s voice in our lives and overcome the obstacles that can distract or discourage us along the way.”

It is not necessary to have read the book. The presentations will be self-contained. For those who would like to dive a little deeper into the book can be purchased online from The Word Among Us. A limited supply of books will be for sale in the gift shop.


Thursday, September 17
– Though I walk through the valley of the shadow…
– Do you really know the living Jesus?

Thursday, September 24 (no session)

Thursday, October 1
– We have seen, but have we believed?
– Whoever receives one such child receives me

Thursday, October 8
Sitio, I thirst
– The task of redeeming beauty

Any questions, contact Deacon Scott Gilfillan at,or call 828.328.7441.

Pricing: No charge, donations accepted
The Center would like to get as many people as possible to enter into a deeper spiritual experience by exploring the spirituality of Mother Teresa. Donations will be kindly accepted to defer the cost of the meals (about $15 per session) and help the center continue her mission of evangelization and renewal.

You must register by Monday to attend each Thursday conference. Register now, space is limited to 25 participants.

Date Night with a Saint Registration

Please call 828-327-7441 if you have questions.
  • An exploration of Saint Teresa of Calcutta's Journey through Darkness, based on the popular book by papal preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa
  • Using the book by beloved author Jacques Philippe, navigate the excerpts of St. Therese's writings who sought a new way to Heaven, "a little way that is quite straight, quite short: a completely new way."
  • Please include the name if another person will be coming with you.
  • Please consider helping in our mission of evangelization and renewal. Give a tax-deductible donation to the Catholic Conference Center, to both defer the cost of the program (about $15 per session) and help us continue our mission. We appreciate your support.

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The Way of Trust and Love: A retreat guided by St. Therese of Lisieux

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October 15 through November 19

About the Presenter

The sessions and discussions will be led by Deacon Scott D. Gilfillan. Deacon Scott was ordained as a Catholic deacon in 2001. He has a wide range of experience of facilitating groups and leading retreats for parishes, RCIA programs, and deacon candidates. For many years, he was the director of deacon formation for the diocese of Charlotte, assisting and guiding deacon candidates and their wives in discernment and formation. Most recently he has become the director of the Catholic conference and retreat center in Hickory.