Oakwood Cultural Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.
Please click here to read the Articles of Incorporation.
Oakwood is dedicated to the professional development and the character formation of women, from the very young to the golden years.
At Oakwood we seek to educate, mentor, and inspire women to be leaders of integrity who serve society through their work, studies, and family responsibilities with freedom, professionalism, and joy.
The spiritual and doctrinal aspects of all activities sponsored by Oakwood are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. Learn more about Opus Dei here.
This webpage is the communications center of the women who create, support, or simply enjoy activities designed to positively influence the culture of the greater Raleigh area, one friendship at a time.
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Opportunities to Grow in Faith
Monthly Day of Recollection for Women
Prayer is the foundation of the spiritual edifice. Prayer is all-powerful. – St. Josemaría
Monthly Days of Recollection are a time for personal prayer and reflection on topics to do with the Christian life. A recollection typically lasts two hours, set apart from one’s busy schedule of work and family life, to recharge one’s spiritual life. The format includes two meditations by a priest, personal time for spiritual reading and/or a short talk by a lay person. A priest is available for confession throughout the day.
Thursdays – 9:30am to Mass at noon
Confessions heard until 5pm
Babysitting available (most months)
Yearly Retreats for Women
Days on retreat. Recollection in order to know God, to know yourself and thus to make progress. – St Josemaría
Weekend retreats are excellent means to grow in faith and virtue. Retreat Weekends include those specific to high school girls, as well as those focused on college women, and those geared to young professional women.
Workshops and Seminars are presented twice yearly focused on relevant themes.
College Women gather regularly for activities that provide spiritual, professional and leadership training, as well as attending retreats specific to college women.
Young Professional Women meet for Evenings of Conversation about relevant and meaningful topics, providing an opportunity to enrich their lives and encourage one another in their professional development. Many benefit from the yearly retreats, particularly from the retreat for professional women.
Clubs and Camps for Girls from age 5 through high school, activities promote friendship and virtuous leadership.
- Younger girls age 5 to 9 gather monthly to learn to sew small projects while practicing the virtue of the month. Friendships are formed and hearts are inspired.
- Middle school girls age 10 to 13 look forward to a meeting each month to form new friendships and deepen others while becoming competent chefs and event planners. The girls are mentored to continue to grow in virtue as they share their gifts with others.
- High school young ladies develop leadership skills and positive friendships that will see them through life challenges. Successful young professional women are their guests at the dinner table where ideas are shared and inspiration takes root.
- Summer Camps for girls provide opportunities for service, fun, formation, and friendship. Raleigh area details and RSVP will be available early spring.
- Many girls also enjoy camps and service opportunities in our neighboring states. See Camp Kittimaquundi for girls and Yuma Center for high school girls.
Saint Josemaría Feast Day Mass
“Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian – yours and mine.” – St. Josemaría
We gather every year in June to celebrate the feast day Mass of Saint Josemaría. Please check back for the 2020 celebration.
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Day of Recollection: October 3, 2019
Saint Josemaría Feast Day Mass
Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian – yours and mine – St Josemaría
DATE & TIME: Thursday June 20, 2019 – 6:30 PM
PRINCIPAL CELEBRANT: The Most Reverend Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of Raleigh
2019 Family Enrichment Workshop
WHEN: Saturday- June 1st, 2019
Session One: 9:30AM-12noon “Matrimonial Love” for couples
Session Two: 1:30PM- 4PM “Preadolescents” for parents of preteens
Presenters: Manolo and Marie Escueta
President Couple of Education for the Upbringing of the Children
2019 Annual Workshop for Cooperators and Friends
WHEN: March 16, 2019
WOMANHOOD: Choosing Happiness
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Oakwood Cultural Center brings positive change to the community –
Inspire one young girl and she spreads her joy to all her friends.
Educate a room full of young ladies and they bring virtue to their community.
Mentor confidence in college and professional women and their passion for the good becomes unlimited.
Give a woman leadership skills and foster in her a passionate heart and she will change the world!
Please consider signing up for a monthly contribution, or a generous one time gift.
Our monthly-contributors are the driving force for sustaining our programs in the Triangle area. Whether you can commit to $5 or $500, your contribution brings us one step closer to accomplishing our goals.
Your tax-deductible* gift will enable Oakwood Cultural Center to continue to inspire, educate, and mentor women of all ages in the greater Raleigh area.
Contributions can be made sent by check (made to Oakwood Cultural Center) to:
2204 Brigham Rd
Greensboro NC 27409
Via automatic transfers or
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Thank you for your continuous and generous support!
*You can request a tax-receipt for gifts over $250.
In praying each day for the Cooperators, as do all the members of Opus Dei, I ask God to reward their generous help, and to lead them to an ever deeper knowledge of the consoling Truth of Christ – St Josemaría
Through their prayer, time or treasure, Cooperators contribute to educational and service projects that benefit the community. Cooperators also benefit from opportunities for formation, opportunities which encourage them to excellence in everyday life as professional women, wives, mothers, daughters, and friends.
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with testimonials and stories of cooperators (note: 46 pages).
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