2017 – 2018 Catholic Retreat Theme
Ave Crux, Spes Unica: Hail to the Cross, Our Holy Hope?
Passionists have a lot to be grateful for. One particular reason is the 150th Anniversary of the canonization of our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross on June 29 of this year.
As many of you know, St. Paul of the Cross had a profound and transformative experience of Christ’s Passion engraved in his heart. He founded the Passionists with the specific mandate to help the faithful keep a grateful memory of the Passion alive in their hearts. Passionist communities and retreats are to be ‘schools of prayer’, helping people pray the Passion.
I don’t think I am far off the mark when I say that we are living in difficult and deeply unsettling times. St. Paul of the Cross was keenly aware of the evils of his time and saw the memory of the Passion as a remedy to those evils. Many people in his time, and ours, live unmindful of the Lord’s Passion. To live in such a way, is to ‘bear the shameful mark of ingratitude’ as another Passionist, Bl. Dominic Barberi, insisted.
Our retreat theme for the 2017-2018 season is: Ave Crux Spes Unica. In English, it translates as “Hail to the Cross Our Only Hope.” The phrase has its origins in a stanza of an ancient Roman hymn to the True Cross of Christ, dating back to the sixth century: Vexilla Regis; The Banner of the King.
Here at Holy Name, we rather audaciously added a question mark to the ancient verse: “Hail to the Cross Our Only Hope?” The question is directed to each of us. As Christians of the 21st century living in the “developed world” do we really perceive and embrace the Cross as our only hope?
As you come on retreat you will want to bring your favorite Crucifix, ideally one you can hold in your hand. If you don’t have one, the Center will have some available. Your Crucifix will not only serve as a ‘souvenir’ of the retreat but – according to an age-old privilege granted to Passionist retreats and missions – after it is blessed at the conclusion of the retreat, a Plenary Indulgence is granted to those who reverence the Crucifix on their death bed. I invite you to participate in a retreat this coming season, embracing the Cross as your only hope.
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FAQ – Preparing for Retreat:
What is a retreat anyway?
What happens on a retreat?
What if I have to cancel? Will I get a refund?
Refunds (less the deposit) are given only if you call and cancel by 12:00 PM on the Wednesday before your retreat. No refunds are made for “no shows”.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your retreat reservation. We often have a waiting list and this will help us to accommodate others who may wish to attend the retreat. If you have already paid your deposit and are able to attend another retreat during the current season, we can reserve a space for you on that retreat.
What if I don’t want to go to one of the conferences?
That’s ok. All we ask is that you arrive for the retreat on time and stay for the entire retreat weekend.
Who are the Passionists?
The Congregation of the Passion are a religious group of Catholic priests and brothers and lay partners who have a special devotion to the love God shows humanity through the suffering, death, and resurrection (collectively known as the Passion) of Jesus Christ. Please take time to explore the entire Passionist website to learn more about us!
Do I have to be Catholic?
Do I have to be silent the whole time?
Will it be like the retreats I attended as a youth?
What kind of clothes should I pack?
What time can I arrive for my retreat?
What is the weekend schedule?
6:00 Buffet Supper
6:40 Newcomers Tour
7:15 Welcome followed by Retreat Session I
8:30 Night Prayer
Optional Popcorn Social after Night Prayer
7:00 Wake Up Time
9:15 Retreat Session II
10:30 Reconciliation Service
1:15 Group Photo
1:30 Personal/Quiet Time (Optional Rosary and Stations of the Cross)
3:00 Retreat Session III
5:30 Evening Prayer in Chapel
7:15 Keeping A Grateful Memory of the Passion: Why and How?
8:15 Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 Wake Up Time
7:40 Morning Prayer
8:00 Retreat Session IV
10:00 Sharing the Graces
11:15 Closing Eucharist, Departure Following Mass