“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!”

— Saint Catherine of Siena

8th Annual Women’s Retreat

April 3-5, 2020

La Salle Retreat Center
38-40 Noble Street
Narragansett, RI 02882

Registration includes all program materials, lodging, meals and retreat resources.

Arrival Friday, April 3 by 6:00pm for dinner.
Departure Sunday, April 5 at 12:30pm post-lunch.

If the retreat is full please contact Maryann Donohue-Lynch to be placed on the wait list. donohuelynch@fscdena.org

This 8th annual DENA Women’s Retreat will be a time for conversation, reflection, music, laughter, prayer and community building. Lasallian Women will consider how we use our agency and voice to bring light to situations of darkness on our communities, our families, our world and ourselves. We will celebrate the work of women in our global Lasallian family that are torchbearers.

Women’s Retreat Presenters

Christine (2018) and Elissa (2015) are both recipients of the District’s Distinguished Lasallian Educator of the Year Award which they received at the annual RELAN Huether Conference.

Christine Bridges Estes
Legacy Lasallian
Christine graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in English and Religious Studies. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and has been a high school teacher and campus minister.  Currently she serves as Assistant Director of Service Immersions and Social Justice Initiatives at Providence College, RI.

Elissa Pensa CerrosElissa Pensa Cerros
Elissa graduated from New York University with an MA in Theater and Media. She has ministered at La Salle Academy since 2000 as a Theater, Film and Video Production teacher, as Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer/Technical Director for the La Salle Players, and, for a number of those years, as Director of Arts Alive! Elissa was instrumental in establishing the Young Lasallian movement in RELAN and served on the International Council of Young Lasallians.




Person who leads or inspires others to work toward a valued goal.


The 1921 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Anatole France, stated that “to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Dreaming and believing become, without doubt, two fundamental elements to be able to create great things.
Great Things Are Possible, Lasallian Reflection 5


“This weekend offered me the opportunity to share with women similar challenges that we face in community today. It was such a safe and comfortable environment to be able to let down our guard and be real with each other. I found it to be a weekend of inspiration and fun with the ability to connect and bond with women not only of my own age but with the youth of today. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!”

— Michele, past participant

Past DENA Women’s Retreats

  • March 2013: Together In Our Lasallian Association
  • July 2013: RELAN Women’s Symposium, Russian River, CA
  • March 2014: Companions of the Lasallian Journey
  • April 2015: Living In the Merciful Presence of God (Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy)
  • April 2016: Martha and Mary: The Eternal Dance
  • March 2017: Roll Away the Stone!
  • July 2017: Lasallian Global Women’s Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand
  • April 2018: Listening with Our Hearts to Transform the World
  • March 2019: Together & By Association: Joyfully Walking the Path

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