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Any one participated in a Catholic retreat? What is it like?

What do you do on retreats?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:19 PM on Apr. 5, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I forgot about private retreats - they are made without a leader or director and it's really about what the individual wants to do. There are no schedules. If you are making it at a monestary with a Catholic order you can usually attend daily Mass with them, pray the Liturgy of the Hours and meet with the spiritual direction of the order. You can then spend time praying, reading, meditating - it's all what you want to do and what you want to get out if it.


    Answer by eringobrough at 9:46 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • I've participated in several. What happens depends on the type of retreat. There are charismatic Catholic retreats, retreats based on scriptural themes or daily scripture readings. There's a type of retreat called Cursillos where an overview of the Catholic way of life is given, and community is formed.

    Retreats are usually either preached or directed. Preached retreats have a leader(s) who have talks each day, lead prayers and facilitates group discussions. In directed retreats, each person meets with a spiritual director who may suggest scripture passages for prayer and reflection for that person.

    In most retreats, there is a lot of quite time for reflection and contemplation. Some encourage keeping a journal. Food is not elaborate and sometimes you sleep on the mats on floors (based on where the retreat is). They are a great chance for spiritual growth. Good luck!

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:29 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • What about "private" retreats?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:26 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • Thanks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:22 PM on Apr. 7, 2009