The Pray More Lenten Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you focus your eyes on the Lord and transform your prayer life this Lent.

Here’s What You Get When You Register:


Video & Audio Presentations with Transcripts

Reflective Study Guides

The Retreat is self-paced.

This means that you can participate wherever you are and whenever you have the time. 

Here’s a Preview of the Retreat!

“This retreat made my Lent more meaningful and has brought me to a better spiritual life!”


“All the speakers were wonderful and it felt that they were speaking directly to me. I did not want it to end!”


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Welcome to the Pray More Lenten Retreat!

We invite you to join us this Lent to prepare to commemorate the Lord’s Passion, Death and the celebration of His Resurrection at Easter.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said that Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can, “turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One.”

He said, “It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.”

We want to help you do that — that’s why we created the Pray More Lenten Retreat!

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on prayer, the season of Lent, and lessons from the saints.

That’s about two to three talks for each week of Lent. Each of those talks will also come with a printable study guide that has reflective questions and prayers to accompany the presentation, along with transcripts of almost all of the presentations.
You can participate at your own pace. Some of the talks are 10 minutes long, and some of them are closer to 20. You will be able to watch them whenever you have the time, or to download them and listen to them even while you’re on-the-go.

We hope the Pray More Lenten Retreat will help you to intentionally work on your prayer life this Lent — wherever you are, and whenever you have the time.

All the presentations will be available beginning on March 1st, the first day of Lent. If you register now, we will send you an e-mail as soon as it is live and available for you to enjoy :)

Saint Padre Pio said that prayer, “is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”

We hope the Pray More Lenten Retreat will help you to spend more time in reflection & prayer this Lent, growing ever closer to our Lord!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie

-- Why join the Pray More Lenten Retreat? -- 

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lenten season.

Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him and get to know Him and His word better. 

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

Reflect on God's mercy and immeasurable love for us as He sent His son to die for our sins.

Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten season from the comfort of your own home! 

Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer your prayers.

Countdown Until The Pray More Lenten Retreat is Available!








-- What would the Saints say about this? -- 

"Overcome any sluggishness you may feel, and the false excuse that prayer can wait for later. Let us never put off this vital source of grace until tomorrow. Now is the right time."

- St. Josemaria Escriva

"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..."

- Pope Benedict XVI

"'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you."

- St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Lent is about a relationship, the most important one, with God and our neighbor.”

- Fr. John Lombardi


Waiting Well: Making the Most of Advent

by Johnnette Benkovic

Following the Queen of Advent: How Mary Journeyed Through the First Advent

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Following God's Lead: Where is He Calling You? What is He Calling You To Do? 

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Isaiah 9:6: The Titles of Jesus

by Mary Lenaburg

Mary's Fiat: Saying Yes to God

by Mary Lenaburg

Back to the Basics, Part I

by Jon Leonetti

Having Great Hope in God's Plan

by Fr. Nathan Cromly, CJS

Back to the Basics, Part II

by Jon Leonetti

Pray, Hope and Don't Worry

by Mary Lenaburg

Back to the Basics, Part III

by Jon Leonetti

An Introduction to Our Need of Forgiveness

by Johnnette Benkovic

The Stages of Giving & Receiving Forgiveness

by Johnnette Benkovic

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Featuring All of the Pray More Retreat Speakers

+ Study Guides to Accompany Each Talk

Why Join the Pray More Advent Retreat?

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lenten season.

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

Reflect on God's mercy and immeasurable love for us as He sent His son to die for our sins.

Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten season from the comfort of your own home!


Dr. Scott Powell is a teacher, theologian, author, and the director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder. Scott has spent the last decade speaking and teaching theology and the Scriptures to groups of all ages. He and his wife Annie are the founders of Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic adventure program for youth based in the Colorado Rockies. Scott also co-hosts and produces the popular Catholic podcast, “The Word on the Hill with the Lanky Guys,” and he has appeared in numerous Augustine Institute Studio productions, including Symbolon, Beloved, Reborn, YDisciple and the Opening the Word series. He has been featured on EWTN, Catholic Answers Live and numerous other Catholic outlets. He holds a PhD in Catholic studies from Maryvale Institute/Liverpool Hope University in England. Scott, his wife Annie and their three children — Lily Avila, Samuel Isaac and Evelyn Luca — live near Boulder, Colorado.

Allison Gingras is the founder of Reconciled To You where she blogs, shares and speaks about the Catholic faith in our everyday life and the many opportunities life presents to discover the grace of God!  She shares these with great enthusiasm, passion and a sense of humor.  Allison is a WINE Specialist overseeing and facilitating social media for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.

Beth Davis is the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. In this role she writes curriculum and directs retreats, provides support to parishes and small groups, and develops community from the ground up. She served as a youth minister for eleven years in Flagstaff after earning her degree in Special Education from Western New Mexico University. She is passionate about teaching women how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts. Find out more about Beth and Blessed is She here:

Jon Leonetti is an international Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Through Jon's keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands of Catholics each year discover the freedom Christ offers by way of his life and love.

Jon's two books––Mission Of The Family and Your God Is Too Boring––are published and featured in Matthew Kelly's Dynamic Catholic book program. They have been endorsed by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz; the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mark Hart, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Brandon Vogt, Tom Peterson and more.

Jon believes that our deepest longing for happiness and wholeness is fulfilled in the encounter with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, the Sacraments, family life, and the help of Mary and the saints, Jon wants to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus, and help others do the same. 

With this message Jon has been featured and interviewed by the nations top Catholic websites, blogs and radio shows, helping Catholics in all walks of life to fall in love and stay in love with the living God.

At home, Jon enjoys reading, sports, exercising, coffee and, most of all, spending time with his wife Teresa and their children Joseph and Gianna. Jon is currently pursuing a masters degree in moral theology.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions about the Pray More Retreat, you can e-mail us at:

John-Paul & Annie,
E-mail: [email protected]
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