The Emmaus retreat program is a diocesan-approved retreat weekend that takes place three times a year. It's open to all men and women ages 20 or older seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ regardless of their present level of faith and practice. The purpose of the weekend is to give adults the opportunity to reflect upon themselves, their relationship with God and their community.
Emmaus is a Catholic retreat program that is open to people of all Christian faiths. It provides its participants the opportunity to reconnect with what matters and share their faith journeys in a loving community. Time is set aside for personal reflection on one's life, one's world and one's God.
To date, over 3000 men and women have begun, renewed or deepened their faith in Jesus Christ through the Emmaus retreat program.
We want to extend a heartfelt invitation to you to join us on our next Emmaus weekend. You’ll be welcomed by a loving community of individuals who are committed to helping people from all walks of life experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
Each retreat weekend is all about discovery. You'll realize how Christ is truly active in your life, how special and unique you are to others, and how those around you need your unique talents and gifts. Throughout the weekend, you'll build valuable relationships through friendship, encouragement, prayer and the awesome power of God.
You are loved. There’s something in the water (of Baptism). Miracles happen. I belong to Jesus Christ. You are not alone. Something glorious awaits us in Heaven. Jesus understands our joy and pain. God manifests His love in His Sacraments – and we become sacraments to one another. Jesus is the center of our relationships with one another. You are forgiven. Let go and let God. Next time you are wondering where God is, look to the person to your left and to your right, and there He is. Christ is my anchor, my hope. Christ alone is the source of my joy. These were all simple phrases that became part of our prayers, and moments of grace, on Emmaus 181.
Emmaus 181 was filled with God’s presence in ways that words simply cannot begin to describe. As a community of believers, we were all challenged to “dig deep” into God’s Word, to get to know our Father’s heart. We were challenged to deepen our knowledge of Him, and to make Him known to others. We were reminded throughout the weekend that we are made for so much more than ordinary lives. As our theme song reminded us, “It’s time for us to more than just survive…we were made to thrive.” And thrive we did.
The Spirit of God was truly present from the very first moment of planning, over ten months ago, through that weekend, right through today. I was able to witness the love of God in the love that each person had for one another. Each person ministered to one another, team members and candidates alike. Joy abounded. Faith was deepened. Love was celebrated. Pain and sorrows were shared, but more importantly, the joy of living a life in Christ always overcame trials and obstacles. New friendships were formed and old friendships were strengthened.
God was truly present in our weekend, but also in the gift that the Emmaus community is to one another. Community palanca, those who helped with check-in or bringing food, as well as the presence at the Closing Mass truly reminded all of us what it means to belong to a community of love. As we look back on the weekend, we give thanks to the Lord for all of His blessings. As we look forward, we pray for the men and women that God will put together to live Emmaus 182. May God continue to bless the Emmaus community.