Joyful Hearts By Retreat’s Closing

This is the group of wonderful women who participated in this weekend’s Facing Our Immortality Retreat in Golden, CO. It was a retreat for women with cancer and was really incredible. These women are amazing. Many of them are dealing with 4th stage cancers but they have such strength and endurance and faith, and on this particular retreat, were given a special gift of joy after Fr. Joseph Tran came to hear Confessions and do the Anointing of the Sick. Fr. is pure joy himself as you can see in the picture. Sr. Hesed also participated with us in her first retreat of this type and was wonderful as well. The retreat is really powerful on so many different levels. We are hoping to get more response here in Iowa as there is nothing on this level offered anywhere else.  Watch for an article in Aleteia on this particular retreat coming up soon.



Cancer Retreat, Updates

Thank you Fr. Brian and Denver Catholic

I wanted to take a special moment to thank Fr. Brian Larkin of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Denver Colorado for his immense support of this upcoming retreat.  He approved our retreat notification in the parish bulletin and has been instrumental in facilitating the support of the parish staff to enable me to reach out to parish members and announce this retreat.  His efforts will allow a woman with breast cancer to attend and have also brought to us future volunteers. Here is a link to Our Lady of Lourdes.

I also needed to thank Aaron Lambert of Denver Catholic for taking time to interview Sr. Anne Marie Walsh of SOLT and I about our upcoming retreat.  It is a little overwhelming, in a good way, to see such a positive and welcoming response from people in the Catholic media.  There truly is a strong need for us to provide for the spiritual needs of not only cancer patients, but their spouses and caregivers as well.  Here is a link to their article.  http://denvercatholic.org/retreat-to-help-cancer-afflicted-face-their-immortality/.

If you have the resources, please help us to offset some of the expenses for the retreatants.  Some are on disability and any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  We currently do not have a sponsor, but please pray that for future retreats we can receive the assistance of a benefactor who believes in this cause. In the mean time, if you can contribute any amount ($10, $20, $50 or more) we would be greatly appreciative.  Sr. Anne Marie and another sister will be driving from Iowa. We are not profiting from this retreat.  The $150 retreat fee is for Mother Cabrini Shrine. Their beautiful retreat center offers private room/bath and all meals so that the retreatants can enjoy their experience to the fullest.

To contribute, please click on: Facing Our Immortality Go Fund Me retreat link

Peace and Blessings,

Denise Archuleta

Cancer Retreat

Join us June 1-3, 2018 at Mother Cabrini Shrine located in Golden, Colorado

Facin Our Immortality Retreat(2)

We are truly blessed to be able to bring this beautiful retreat to Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado.  If you are suffering spiritually and have internal conflict related to the abrupt changes in your life, brought on by your cancer, we can help bring you peace.

This retreat incorporates a healing mass, spiritual exercises from St. Ignatius of Loyola and healing workshops to bring you closer to Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We will offer group conversation but also important time in silence and prayer so that you can experience the full benefits of this retreat.  There is only room for 10 people so please register as soon as possible.

The main themes presented during the retreat are the following:

Facing Our Immortality

God’s Dream (Plan) for Your Life

Paschal Mystery and Spiritual Warfare

Lessons from Heaven-Trusting the Father.

Cancer is a frightening diagnosis but the reassurance that God is with us always, and even more so in suffering and uncertainty, helps us move through with trust and dependence on Him for all we need.  

The retreat is Catholic, with the Mass and sacraments available.  But we are open to any who feel led by God to attend. The retreats sometimes draw people who are not Catholic. In fact, one of our former attendees is Baptist and is now praying the Rosary because she “discovered her Mother, Our Lady” on the retreat simply by listening to us pray.

Cost is $75 per night, room and meals are included.


Please fill out the form below or contact:

Denise Archuleta, Colorado resident, at 206-779-0691

To learn more about Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, S.O.L.T. click here to Domus Trinitatis.

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”
–Saint Padre Pio, 1887-1968 AD

Facebook Event Link:Mother Cabrini Shrine Event



St. Peregrine, the Patron Saint of Cancer, Feast Day May 1.

Dear Ladies,

I came across a YouTube video on the history of St. Peregrine while searching for a helpful video to share with you all.  I feel like I have a relationship with this Saint, the Patron Saint of Cancer and those who are seriously ill.  I prayed for his intercession regularly during the course of my ovarian cancer and requested his help to prevent my sister from having ovarian cancer.  I did not know that his Feast Day is May 1 until I watched the YouTube video.

He was on my mind most of the day today. There is a feeling within that I have not spoken of him with due frequency.  Sharing his Feast Day with you now reaffirms to me that he looks after us, those of us who are very sick.

All I can say is that my true witness comes from this situation when I was praying for my sister.  She and I carry the same mutation, BRCA1. Several years ago she was having abdominal problems that sounded like ovarian cancer, and or primary peritoneal cancer.  I prayed for days on end to St.Peregrine for I love my sister so much, she has 2 girls and she and her husband had adopted them from China.  She suffered greatly also from Celiac disease.

My sister met me in the hospital while I was having an infusion to tell me the results of her CT scan, and it was negative, Praise God.  I was so joyful and she was greatly relieved, smiling widely from ear to ear.  As we got into the elevator a doctor followed us.  As he was stepping into the elevator a nurse called out to him that he had a message, and he acknowledged that he would check it when he got to his office.  She called out to him as Dr. Peregrine.  I took notice immediately.

Once the elevator door closed, he looked into my eyes in a way that I felt he wanted me to notice him, he wanted me to also acknowledge “who” he was.  I did, I smiled, and that was it.  He went on his way. Please pray for the intercession of St. Peregrine and follow the videos below.  The prayer video is especially helpful.

We have lost two dear friends, Karen Saldate and Maria del Rosario Hernandez.  As we pray for their souls and for their families let us be reminded of the light and love they offered during our retreat last year.  Their stories of kindness, family, hope and love for Jesus and Our Blessed Mother remain.

A very special thanks must go to Sr. Anne Marie Walsh as she was directly involved with their care, especially with Karen.  Sr. Anne has been such a blessing, responding to our calls without hesitation or reservation.  Thank you Sr. Anne Marie for your kind and loving prayers and care.

God is my light, my guide, my love.

May Karen and Maria Rest In Peace.

The History of St. Peregrine

Prayer to St. Peregrine

Peace and Blessings from Denise Archuleta



The Season Of Lent

This is a post from Denise Archuleta.  It is so important that you know the Love of God during Lent, a must for your personal healing and salvation.  It has been over 7 years since my diagnosis of stage IIIC ovarian cancer and not one day goes by without thanking the Lord and Our Blessed Mother for this life I live.  I no longer question why the circumstances around my diagnosis and continued survival exist.

I only know that it is.  Our retreats for women with cancer help us to become united with Jesus, the one who truly knows suffering at the deepest level.  He is our true friend, our true love.

I pray that this season brings you closer to His love.

“Lent in the Shadow of Cancer”

About Lent

Peace and Blessings,



Welcome to Facing Our Immortality

For our dear sisters who have faith that Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother do offer lighted hand to lift us out of fear into completeness, welcome. My name is Denise Archuleta, aka Servivorgirl, and this is Sr. Anne Marie Walsh S.O.L.T. Our first retreat took place in September of 2015, with the loving support of  Sr. Laudem Gloriae S.O.L.T and Fr. Dan Estes of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.  They brought Sr. Anne Marie and I together, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to bring these retreats to you.

A few years ago my heart felt empty as I searched endlessly for a retreat that combined spiritual faith based prayer and counseling that served women suffering from cancer. I did not find any to fill this need. I did however locate cancer getaways, yoga retreats and outdoor activity retreats that built community, but found nothing to address my soul in Christ. I was craving a place where I could heal from the ravages against body and spirit that involved communication and prayer with our Lord and his Blessed Mother Mary.

After much research on the internet I found that Our Lady Of Corpus Christi offered healing retreats based on the Spiritual Exericses of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  I attended my first retreat in January of 2015 and by September of 2015 we held our first “Retreat For Women With Cancer”.  It was a very special experience for the ladies and myself.  We were all so inspired because we were touched by the hand of God.  Sr. Anne became even more inspired and in September of 2016 our second retreat expanded by offering additional components of vital healing exercises and prayer to relieve us of our spiritual burdens.

So how did we become “Facing Our Immortality”?  Of all the links on this page, the one I describe here is where your heart will sing. The success of this retreat has been born of Sr. Anne Marie Walsh’s compassion, experience with cancer and ability to cultivate a poetic read on our condition, and relief from it, by living The Cross. Please read her post on Facing Our Immortality and we will post again soon.

God Bless you in the spirit of our Blessed Mother