Ann Willits, OP: ‘What Does God Expect of Us?’

mariandale_willitsMariandale Retreat and Conference Center

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center and the Dominican Sisters of Hope are happy to host preacher, poet, writer and lecturer, Ann Willits, OP on Saturday, Feb. 14. Willits will present a full day program, “What Does God Expect of Us?”

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $60 and includes lunch. From the Mariandale program, the day is described: “What God expects does not always match what we want. This day of reflection will offer us time to pause and consider what God wants us to hear. Perhaps we might prepare for the day by asking ourselves: What does it mean to belong to God? The day will offer us some time to be silent, time to listen to God, and time to listen to our lives.”

Willits is well-regarded among her Dominican brothers and sisters for her warmth, humor and wisdom. “She is a great storyteller,” said one Dominican Sister of Hope in describing Willit’s sincere popularity with her peers.

Willits has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, for more than 50 years. She was a high school English teacher and administrator, served for nine years on the General Council of her congregation, and was director of PARABLE, a national conference for Dominican Life and Mission, for 21 years. She is presently a full-time itinerant preacher and lecturer.

To register, call Sister Linda Rivers at 914-941-4455 ext. 0 or visit

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is located one mile south from the Croton Harmon Train Station in Ossining, New York. It is a full service retreat and conference center with 61 acres of land on the Hudson, 40 bedrooms and full meal service, a swimming pool, nature trails and a labyrinth. It is available for group and private retreats, organizational meetings, and offers unique spiritual programming throughout the year. Mariandale is a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.