Conversion Retreat Opportunities
A number of lay-led and well-established apostolates in our Diocese provide participants with an encounter with Christ. Contact information is below each group.
All are invited to a series of discussions on the ways to awaken and reawaken the faith of those who are not practicing their faith, those who are distant from the Catholic Church, and those who are practicing their faith but wish to go deeper. Join with other disciples on the way from around the Diocese to support one another.
The Department of New Evangelization will provide lunch for these free events.
Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Group
The DCRC (Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Center) was established in 1987 to meet the needs of the thirty prayer groups throughout the Diocese of Green Bay. It serves as a meeting place for prayer group leaders, a resource center for media relating to the Charismatic Renewal and the Catholic Church, and an information center for local, regional, and national charismatic activities, speakers, and topics. The Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Group serves charismatic prayer groups, those who would like a deeper relationship with the Lord and those who would like more information about charismatic renewal.
Green Bay Catholic Koinonia
Koinonia is a Catholic retreat, (a weekend experience) and an invitation to encounter Jesus while continuing life's journey. Koinonia strives to meet everyone where they are at and assist them on their spiritual journey. Koinonia brings the Paschal Mystery to life so that the dying and rising of Christ are experienced in a real and powerful way. The weekend consists of talks, discussions, reflections, sharing, prayer, and liturgical celebrations. A team of lay people, clergy, and religious lead the experience, which is held in a loving and accepting atmosphere. Koinonia brings each person into one community, one body gathered in the name of Jesus, who is the center of the weekend.
Cursillo seeks to uplift Catholics in their faith by deepening three actions of the Holy Spirit: piety, study and action. The world-wide Cursillo movement has centers in most countries.The first Cursillo in the United States was in 1957 in Waco, Texas. A priest and two Spanish Air Force trainees were the key figures. The first Cursillo in the Diocese of Green Bay was in 1965 and has been going since. Four Cursillos are held per year. The basic Cursillo weekend format has remained constant but as in all things, changes and updates have been made in the retreat format. There have been 200+ weekends in the Diocese of Green Bay with over 7,000+ Cursillistas meeting the challenge of Pope Pius XII to penetrate our environments and bring the world back to Christ.
Christian Experience Weekend
Christian Experience Weekends began as an adaptation of Cursillo retreats. Candidates and team experience prayer in the Sacraments, Morning and Evening prayer. Reconciliation tends to be a major turning point on the weekend. CEW challenges the average Catholic, accustomed to simply coming to Mass on Sunday, to participate in a two-day weekend event. While a lot of persuasion is used for sign up, once the weekend starts participants become captivated by the whirlwind speed of events, as well as the intensity of spiritual feelings found. While the weekend may seem to go by fast, many have commented that they spent months sorting out what the weekend of religious intensity started. Just like the room where the apostles experienced Pentecost, many average parishioners, who have never had such days, consistently encounter the Holy Spirit.
Deacon Bob Beehner | spiritual director
Deacon Dave Scheuer | spiritual director
SPIRITUS is a ministry serving parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Green Bay. It inspires Catholics in grades 3-12 and young adults to live their faith and grow closer to God by energizing them and helping them grow as disciples of Jesus. It consists of teams of 6-10 young adults who give 9 months of service during which they ignite the faith of Catholic youth and young adults through retreats, spiritual programs, and Bible studies, and through parish youth and young adult ministry. SPIRITUS gives dynamic retreats using praise music, dramas, challenge activities, witnesses, and small and large group discussion.