Every year we spend 4 days together in retreat as a community. In addition to a life of daily prayer and monthly meetings, the Annual Retreat is an anchor for our spiritual lives.
The structure and disciplines of our retreat are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who is a patron for Youth Apostles, our brother community. Priests and other members of Youth Apostles are a significant support in offering Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, spiritual direction, and leading talks or meditations.
Our retreat, however, is also significantly informed by our patron saints, particularly St. Jane Frances de Chantal. As part of the Salesian spiritual tradition she is confident in God’s desire to work through all aspects of our lives, exhorts the Church to holiness through an interior and unreserved offering to Him, and encourages a heart to heart intimacy with God culminating in charity. The riches of her spirituality, along with our other patrons saints, help us drink deeply of God’s grace as we follow the path of the Spiritual Exercises in a feminine and complimentary way.
In addition to Mass, Reconciliation, and Liturgy of the Hours, the talks or meditations are followed by significant periods of silent prayer. Silence is broken at dinner time and in the evenings we break into sharing groups.
Our Annual Retreat is open to all women college-aged and older. We just held our 2020 Retreat this past February. The 2021 Women Youth Apostles Annual Retreat dates are TBD!