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Friday, February 7 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Religion needs a Lab

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The late, great Fr. Mike "Catfish" Mireau said "Religion needs a lab... When teaching religion, what we need to do is create a controlled environment where young people get to PRACTICE what they’re learning in the books: practice being nice to each other, practice not putting each other down all the time, practice charity, generosity, LOVE." One of the places he identified as an ideal religion "lab" experience: taking students on retreat. This is nothing new, as Christianity has a rich history of retreats, from the time Jesus spent in the desert at the beginning of the Gospel through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Retreats can vary in length, location, and content, but every retreat provides students the opportunity to step out of everyday life and see themselves, God, and the world around them from a different perspective. This session will draw from the experience of Mike Landry, a veteran youth minister who has been facilitating half day, full day, weekend, and week-long retreats for youth since 1997. We'll have a practical discussion of ways to put a retreat together including the place of games, talks, music, and prayer. There'll be an examination of what to look for in a potential retreat site, as well as a discussion of resources one can use to prepare for a retreat. Finally, we'll look at the value of incorporating student leadership in every aspect of retreat ministry - helping you create a retreat "lab" experience of our religion.

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Mike Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic School Division
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English
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