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Testimonials

 

viillafrontDo you think of the Villa Maria as just a retreat center? Think again! Our Location and facilities make us the perfect choice for your next:

  • Parish Program
  • Reception
  • Family Celebration
  • Business Meeting

Don't just take our word for it, listen to what others have said:

"Villa Maria is the most wonderful place to bring teenagers. The comfortable accommodations, beautiful scenery and great meals made the Villa a home away from home. The staff welcomed us warmly and were attentive to our needs. They were so cheerful and thoughtful. We look forward to our future visits at Villa Maria."
~ Sr. Patricia Burke, Rosary High School

"Our Daughters of Isabella State Convention was held at the Villa Maria in May of 2009.  About 50 ladies enjoyed the facility and all the amenmities offered.  The accommodations were clean, cozy, comfortable and accessible by all.  The staff members were very pleasant and most accommodating to our needs.  We enjoyed delicious meals prepared with loving care.  The atmosphere of Villa Maria was peaceful, pleasant, and enjoyable.  The grounds were manicured and spacious, while the view of the lake was calming and delightful.  The meeting room nicely accommodated our group and the audio/visual technology was up-to-date to meet our needs of various methods of presentations.  The new sound system was fabulous.  The chapel provided us with a prayerful, peaceful place for worship.  In conclusion, I would sincerely recommend the Villa Maria Life Center for various groups for meetings, retreats, or get-togethers."
~ Sharon Hengehold, State Vice Regent, Il State Circle, Daughters of Isabella

"We have used the services at Villa Maria for nine years now.  Each year they host our annual seven habits course for our new employees.  The Villa Maria staff has always been a pleasure to work with.  The staff members have always been courteous, organized and willing to work with us to make our meetings go smooth,  The facilities are accommodating to us no matter what size group we have.  We have always been pleased with the above and beyond services the Villa Maria has provided to us.  We will continue to use the Villa Maria and their staff to host our seven habits courses in the future."
~ James Rousey, President, UTG

"The atmosphere at the Villa Maria was peaceful and relaxing.  It allowed me to focus on my retreat without the common distractions of "life".  The grounds also provided a wonderful setting for study and meditation."
~Julie Ohmen, Mt Zion Presbyterian Church

"STARnet loves the Villa Maria Conference and Retreat Center!  The lakesde setting, relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff make the Villa Maria the perfect site for any event.  We have used the Villa for a couple of years now and can't imagine a more ideal location for our STARnet annual planning meetings, Statewide STARnet meetings, workshops and Summer Camp for Early Childhood Educators.  It's such a peaceful location that invites us to slow down, relax and reflect.  Many of our participants have enjoyed it so much that they are bringing other groups to the Villa."
~Connie Shugart, Project Coordinator, STARnet regions I & III, WIU

"We have had the pleasure of having several youth retreats at the Villa Maria Catholic retreat center over the past several years.  Being in this beautiful building has transformed our retreats.  Inside you will find everything you would need to host a well run retreat!  Small group rooms, a large gathering room for talks, rooms to do ice breakers, and a beautiful chapel for reconciliation and mass.  If you have a retreat for teenagers, food is important!  We are never disappointed and everything is delicious!  One of the best enmities that the Villa Maria holds is its professional and friendly staff.  It's so comforting that Villa Maria helps to make our retreat so successful and professional.  We all love the Villa Maria Catholic Retreat center.
~Patty Bailey, Youth Minister,  Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, IL

"The Villa Maria Retreat Center is top notch in our books.  We have been using the facilities for the past three years and have had a wonderful experience each time.  It is the perfect place for a retreat.  Our seniors have always had a wonderful experience meeting with God and I believe accomodations, facilities, and staff are a huge part of that.  And, the food is amazing."

`Phil Zaccari, Campus Ministry, St Anthony High School 

 

 

We invite you to come and experience the Villa Maria Catholic Life Center for yourself - you won't be disappointed.

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