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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Spiritual Retreats


Cursillo Retreat - A Journey With Christ

The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. This was a heart-warming experience as Jesus walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax came when Jesus took the bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened and recognized him as the risen Christ and rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35) 

This story provides the image for Cursillo, a program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Cursillo is a three day experience which looks at Christianity as a lifestyle from a New Testament perspective. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, congregations, the world in which they live. Cursillo is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church.

During Cursillo, one will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. One will experience God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community. 

Who should go? Cursillo is for the development of Christian leaders who wish to strengthen their spiritual lives, may have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith, and understand that being a Christian involves responsibility.


Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos is a Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer international prison ministry, in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. Kairos consists of three programs: the Men's and Women's Ministry, begun in 1976, Kairos Outside, begun in 1991, and Kairos Torch, begun in 1997.


The Louisiana Conference

Many opportunities are available throughout the year from the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. Visit their website for more information about retreats and learning opportunities.