Pope Benedict XVI spoke prophetically when he proclaimed
that a spiritual desert is spreading in the world. FOCUS retreats help to offer
a spiritual oasis in that desert, offering the chance for faithful Catholics to
step aside and dedicate a weekend to prayer and our Lord. They are also good
for those who are new in their conversions or who are questioning their faith.
FOCUS offers two types of retreat: the Spiritual Impact Boot Camp and the Father’s House. Each retreat speaks to a particular part of the spiritual life. Read the descriptions below to explore the theme of each retreat and some of the activities that take place on each.
Spiritual Impact Boot Camp
“The Spirit of the Lord always remembers every individual, and wishes, particularly through you young people, to ‘stir up the wind and fire’ of a new Pentecost in the world.” Pope Benedict XVI shared these words to encourage young people today to pursue a relationship with the Holy Spirit, the powerful yet somewhat mysterious Third Person of the Trinity.
on this retreat will be introduced to the Holy Spirit through a variety of
talks, Scripture passages, and prayer periods aimed at inviting this “New
Pentecost” into our lives. If you are seeking a way to kindle (or rekindle) the
“fire” of your spiritual life, let this retreat show you how to bring the flame
of the Holy Spirit with you wherever you go.
The Father’s House
Since the beginning of time, God has always revealed Himself as a loving and merciful Father to His people, longing to heal their wounds and carry their burdens. However, original sin and our modern culture have warped our view of fatherhood to be one of control, fear, and distrust; and so many are living their lives separated from the care and help of God the Father.
of this retreat is to allow participants to enter into God’s Fatherhood in a
new way and to experience His closeness and His healing mercy in their lives.
Talk sessions, small groups, and prayer periods will prepare the way for
participants to receive the Father’s blessing in their lives and to go forth
from this retreat prepared to abide in the Father’s House in a new and lasting
Way of a Disciple
Jesus’s last words on earth are a powerful directive: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19). No matter our upbringing, skill set, or personality, we are all called to make disciples. But to do that, we must fully enter into being disciples ourselves.
Whether you have been following Jesus and sharing Him with others for years, or you have a new desire to be on mission with Him to others, this retreat will allow you to deeply encounter the Person of Jesus and His mission for your life. This retreat will explore the heart of what it means to live as a disciple and how to invite others along with you on that journey. Come away for a weekend and be reminded of the Lord’s promise in the midst of His missionary invitation: “Behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt. 28:20).
“This weekend completely changed my life spiritually. I went
from knowing who Jesus is and what He has done for me to feeling His love for
me. I’ve never felt so loved by Him before. Before this retreat I was
struggling with seeing anything lovable in me, but now I know that Jesus loves
me more than I understand — and that is all that matters, too.”
“I experienced God and most especially the Holy Spirit in a way and on a level that I never thought I would. I feel my heart has been set on fire by the Holy Spirit…”