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About Father Charlie Wehrley:

Serenity Rev. Charlie Wehrley, C.Ss.R., has been directing retreats since 2002.  His retreats feature an underlying 12 Step spirituality, as is used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Codependents Anonymous.  In other words, these retreats place a strong emphasis on acknowledging that we are powerless over many aspects of life;  that we must surrender our need to control life to God, or a Higher Power of our own understanding; that we must let go of demanding or wanting what we want when and how we want it;  and that we often must accept the fact that reality is what it is and not necessarily what we want it to be.

Fr. Charlie's Serenity Retreats also place strong emphasis on personal empowerment.  We are responsible for our lives and our own happiness.  No one else can be the steward of the one and only life that God has given us.  Yet many people expect that others should be responsible for them and their happiness.  In effect, they give their power away to others by always looking outside themselves for approval.  Personal power comes from within,  from the Spirit of God living inside each and every one of us.  And no one can give us what we need to be giving to ourselfes:  love, compassion, understanding, kindness, forgiveness, approval, empahty, et. al.  We find these by looking inside ourselves, exploring and befriending our own brokenness, by accepting ourselves just the way we are and learning to love ourselves just the way God created us:  Perfectly Imperfect!


Current Retreats : 

Click on the title to access additional information about each retreat.  If you have further questions, or would like to register for a retreat, call 520.744.3400.


1 Step at a Time 

12 Steps to Inner-Peace

The Addictive Personality 

Be Yourself


Creating Kindness

Codependent Crazies

Get In-Touch with Yourself

The Gospel according to Disney

I Am .. Worthy of Love


The Message is You

The Nightmare before Forgiveness

Open Up Your Heart and Let Yourself Out!







The Perfect Parent

Shame and the Addictive Trap


The Surrender Box

All I Want for Christmas Is My Sanity


SOULSHINE: A Codependents Anonymous Support Group

Fr. Charlie also sponsors a Codependents Anonymous support group called Soulshine.  The group meets at the Center in the main office every Wednesday night from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  This is an open group that reads from various recovery books and then opens the floor for personal sharing.  Although this is primarily a codependency group, it is open to anyone suffering from addictive behaviors.  Addictions are symptoms of a deeper problem, that problem being "I don't love who I am."  We try to get to the root cause of "acting-out" by helping each other to develop self-understanding and self-love.

SOULSHINE: A Blog of Spiritual Reflections

Fr. Charlie also authors a blog entitled Soulshine which offers spiritual reflections for those who are struggling with loving who they are.  The purpose of the blog is to help people see that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, that we all have self-worth, and that we need to take back our personal power by looking inside ourselves for approval, affirmation and love. 

The blog address is:  http://soulshineusa.blogspot.com


Serenity Retreats Schedule:

June 10-12, 2016 Shame and the Addictive Trap
August 13, 2016 1 Step at a Time
September 16-18, 2016 The Gospel according to Disney
September 24, 2016 Surrender Box
November 11-13, 2016 Boundaries
November 18-19, 2016 Creating Kindness
January 14, 2017 Surrender Box
January 20-21, 2017 12 Steps to Inner-Peace

Fees & Reservations:

Cost: Please call the office for current rates for the Serenity Retreats.


Advance registrations are required. A non-refundable deposit of $35.00 is requested to confirm your reservation. For more information, please contact us at 520.744-3400, Ext. 7101, or by email.  To request a registration, click the banner below:

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