Do I need a vacation? No, I need a retreat!

Posted on: February 22, 2017 4:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Retreats,

by Jenni Crowley-Albu

As a young adult, our lives are busy:  Busy with work, school, family, children, friends, home… the list goes on and on.  It’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” and forget to take time to slow things down for reflection and reconnection with your innermost beliefs and thoughts.

While I love the beach, sunshine, and sand between my toes, I took a chance a couple of years ago and forewent a warm long-weekend vacation for a Charis retreat with other young adults (20s and 30s) from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  Many of us were strangers, and everyone was at a different point in their faith journey; some of us were married and some were single; some of us were active parishioners, while others hadn’t been to Church in a while.  Despite our differences, for a weekend we were united in one place with an openness to the Spirit.    

We participated in a safe, caring environment full of shared stories, songs, prayer, worship, quiet reflection, good food, laughter, and tears.  Everyone was accepted for who they were and embraced in a little family of faith.  It was wonderful and beautiful.

I left that weekend feeling refreshed from the inside out and rekindled in my faith.  I made discoveries about myself that stuck.  The friendships I made that weekend still remain, and I know I’m a better wife, mother, friend, employee, and believer because I took part in that Charis retreat.  So, the next time I catch myself saying, “I need a vacation,” I will consider a Charis retreat.

Suggested links

January 25 United in Prayer in Main Strasse

2018 Charis Young Adult Retreat

2018 Women's Weekend Retreats

2018 Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection



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