Bethany Retreat Center

— Love, Marriage and the Holy Spirit: Couples Retreat

Love, Marriage and the Holy Spirit, a Celebration: Couples Retreat

September 8 to 9, 2023

Facilitators: Dr. Janet and Deacon Dan Satterlee


Love is the foundation of a good marriage. It’s the binding factor that keeps a marriage intact. Human love is also one of the most difficult aspects to define, develop, and maintain. As fallible human beings, we tend to fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat. We often put conditions on love, test it, withhold it, and weaponize it.

On the other hand, God’s love is perfect. It’s unconditional, reliable, merciful, stable, and it remains.

When we invite God into our marriages, we are given the grace to love our spouses with a love that transcends the fragility of human love because it is strengthened by the perfect love of God.

In this workshop, through lectures, group discussion, and personal reflection, we will explore various aspects of love and marriage including the definition of love, how we talk ourselves into and out of love, the difference between immature and mature love, and how to know when we are being loved. We will also discover the graces that we can receive when we fully commit to inviting the Holy Spirit into the marriage. And finally we will culminate the retreat with a prayer of promise and blessing by Deacon Dan.


Dr. Jan Satterlee, grew up in Bennetts Valley, is a graduate of SMAHS, and has a PhD in Family Psychology. She is a retired psychotherapist and is married to Deacon Dan Satterlee. They have five children and 14 grandchildren. Jan attended the five-year diaconate formation program in Erie with her husband. Upon Dan’s ordination, she felt another call to become a spiritual director, and after learning about discernment of spirits, felt further called to share this vital component of spirituality with others. Jan and Dan live in Reynoldsville, and she is active in their home parish, St Catherine of Sienna, DuBois where Dan serves as Deacon.

Dan Satterlee is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Erie and was ordained in 2017. He is married to Dr. Janet Satterlee and they reside in Reynoldsville Pa. They have been married for 35 years and have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Dan earned two degrees from Penn State University and one from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently assigned to St. Catherine and St Michael parishes in DuBois.


Offering: $400.00 per couple

Deposit: $150.00

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