Marywood Retreat Center Hosts First Annual Music Ministry Retreat

Hosted by Grayson Warren Brown.
by Susan Bailey | Source:


St. Johns, Fla. – The Marywood Retreat Center of the Catholic Diocese of Saint Augustine will host the first annual Music Ministry Retreat beginning with dinner on the evening of Monday, July 20 and concluding with a music-filled Mass on the morning of Friday, July 24. Marywood is located at 1714-5 State Road 13 in St. Johns, Fla. – just seven miles south of Jacksonville off of San Jose Blvd. and I-295. The retreat, which is open to people of all faith communities, will bring renowned musicians from across the country to North Florida. The retreat welcomes everyone involved in any way with making music in their church. Whether you are a choir director, member of a choir, musician, cantor or member of a liturgy committee – this event is designed just for you.

While a large convention is often advantageous in its ability to bring astounding numbers to an event, the retreat atmosphere “affords everyone time for absorbing the presentations, and also allows time for private reflection and prayer,” said Grayson Warren Brown, internationally known liturgical composer and organizer of the retreat.

In addition to Grayson Warren Brown who has become one of the most sought-after presenters in the country today, retreat presenters will include

Jennifer Pascual, Ph.D., director of music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City;

Jaime Cortez, composer, recording artist and minister of music from Mesa, Ariz., whose fluency in both English and Spanish allow for a wide variety in his compositions.

Joining these presenters will also be Valencia Howard who serves as the director of music at St. Paul Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and whose exceptional talent was recognized as she began performing solo pieces at the age of four.

The cost for the retreat is $204 for commuters, $334 for a double occupancy room, and $424 for a private room and includes room, meals and retreat registration. To register, visit or call 1-888-287-2539. Space is limited so register early!

Kathleen Bagg (
(904) 262-3200, ext. 110

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