Dcn. John B. Wainscott, OFS


My name is John B. Wainscott, AKA Deacon Scotty. I have been given the

awesome opportunity to be the Director of IL Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center.

Contact:  e-mail: deacon.scotty@il-ritiro.org

               Phone: (636) 274- 0554



Sr. Marlene Geppert, OSF


Associate Director

I was born in St. Louis but raised on a farm in Nashville, Illinois. It was a blessing to be raised with loving parents and eleven siblings for whom the Catholic Faith was a central part of our lives. As a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for over fifty years, I often reflect upon the Parable of the Good Shepherd and the consoling words: “He leads me in safe paths…and I will follow.” In retrospect I realize that while herding cows on our farm as a child that my conversations with God led me to believe that God was calling me to religious life. So when I entered the postulancy (first step in becoming a sister) I truly felt at home and knew that following God’s call would be right for me. As I learned more about Franciscan spirituality and how imbued I was with nature in the many wonders of God’s marvelous creation, and reaching out to others that the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was a perfect fit for me.

I professed Final Vows in 1964 and the Holy Spirit has confirmed and validated this call many times as I ministered in education, leadership for our community, retreat ministry and spiritual direction.  These experiences often included stories that give evidence of the mutual hunger we all experience as we search for God and/or meaning in our daily lives. I am humbled and in awe of the sincerity, humility, and sincere love of God that I have witnessed as participants shared their challenges, sorrows and joys.

In the past Il Ritiro has often been a place of “graced solitude ” for me which included Liturgies and homilies that refreshed my soul enhanced by a lovely nature setting that brought peace and tranquility. Now I look forward to ministry here and welcome you to this blessed place.

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