Diocesan Ministry Groups

These groups regularly hold retreats at the Spiritual Life Center.  They are not listed on our Program Calendar, but for more information about dates, registration policies, contact information and cost of retreats we invite you to explore their sites.  Clicking on the icon or the title will take you to their site.

After The Gift

After the Gift is a weekend retreat sponsored by the Respect Life and Social Justice Ministry that celebrates the Birthmom, honoring life and choice.

Beginning Experience

The purpose of Beginning Experience is to facilitate the grief resolution process for adults and children who have suffered a loss through death, divorce or separation, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others and God.


In the Cursillo Movement, we approach evangelization as a very natural act of being Christlike within our daily activities. The pressures of the world often make living a Christ-like life difficult. The Cursillo Movement provides a method and a technique to provide each of us with the tools, the mentality, the strength, and the support to make this natural type of evangelization possible.

2017 dates: Men's Retreats (ENG): March 23 & October 19

Women's Retreats (ENG): July 20 & November 9

Men's Retreats (SPAN): Sept. 1; Women's Retreats (SPAN): Sept. 21

English Cursillo Application ~ Cursillos De Cristiandad ~ Calendario

Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a Christian marriage preparation program for couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage. It is a weekend program free of the tensions, pressures, and interruptions of daily living. The program is based on Catholic teachings and values and emphasizes the couple relationship in terms of a lifetime commitment, utilizing tools for practical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  Click here for more information.

Marriage Encounter

For couples married five or more years, Marriage Encounter is a weekend retreat designed to help renew a couple’s love through communication, intimacy and a deeper understanding of the sacrament that unites them. The weekend is free from everyday routines, distractions and tensions. An atmosphere is created where the couple can concentrate exclusively on one another in a private and confidential environment.


The word Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.

Teens Encounter Christ

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a weekend of spiritual renewal, talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer. The weekend is hosted by a team of youth and adults, including a priest of the diocese. Throughout the weekend and in sharing the sacraments, candidates have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with the Lord and learn more about their Catholic faith.

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Young Adult Beginning Experience (YABE) is a unique retreat designed for those 16 and older. The YABE program helps address the normal feelings of loss and pain when the family unit undergoes severe change due to death, or a changed parental relationship through separation or divorce.