Mary’s Fiat

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“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
                                                                                                                                              Luke 1:38

More than two thousand years ago these immaculate words from the mouth of a simple, Jewish maiden are beloved to all the faithful. Mary’s fiat – her great yes to God – is a wondrous testament to faith and discipleship. She believed. Her “yes” rose from he faith and trust in God’s goodness and wisdom.

Mary’s Fiat Retreat Center is a place to say “yes” to spiritual and pastoral renewal. It serves the people of God as a place set apart from the hectic pace of the world. Located on the lovely, tranquil grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Mary’s Fiat welcomes all who journey here to learn, and to experience spiritual refreshment.