Retreat Opportunities 2020

Diocesan Lenten Retreat

When:Lent 2020 beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26
Where: Anywhere you are! Click here to go to the retreat:
Details: The Diocesan Lenten Retreat is designed to be a simple and easy way to grow in Christ during the season. It is being published in The U.P. Catholic newspaper in three installments beginning with the February 21, 2020 issue. You may save the pages from each issue of The U.P. Catholic, and/or follow it online.

Campus Ministry Retreats:

When: Held twice per academic year, one in fall semester, one in spring. 
Upcoming Spring Retreat: March 27-29th, 2020
Where: Bay Cliff Health Camp
Details: For more information, contact your campus chaplain or parish priest.

NET Retreats

The National Evangelization Teams or NET began in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis in 1981. NET Ministries leads over 3,000 retreats every year all over the United States. According to the NET website, young adults “aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams.” NET will be coming to the Diocese of Marquette from March 24-April 9. Many parishes welcome others to the NET retreat they are hosting. Contact one of the parishes below about their retreat. For more information about NET Ministries, visit

March 25: Sault St. Marie – St. Mary School (9th-12th grade)
March 26: Sault St. Marie – St. Mary School (6th-8th grade)
March 28: Bessemer – St. Sebastian (9th-11th grade)
March 29: Ontonagon – Holy Family (7th-12th grade)
March 31: Menominee – St. John Paul II School (5th-8th grade)
April 1: Escanaba – Holy Family School (6th-8th grade)
April 3: Gladstone – All Saints (8th - 12th grade)
April 4: Chassell – St. Anne (7th-12th grade)
April 5: Escanaba – St. Thomas (9th-11th grade)
April 7: Marquette – St. Louis the King (7th-8th grade)
April 8: Marquette – St. Louis the King (9th-10th grade)

Silent Directed Discernment Retreat:

When: May 1-6, 2020
Where: House of Prayer within St. Francis Convent, Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc, Wisc. 
Details: During this five day retreat, retreatants will see a spiritual director, Sr. Jacqueline, once a day. Young women will pray morning and evening prayer, and have Mass with the Franciscan Sisters living at the convent. Silence will be kept for the young women to reflect on the Lord's will for their life. 
Ages welcome: 18-35 
For more information and how to register, contact Sister Julie Ann at (920) 323-9632 (call or text).


When: July 9-12, 2020 (men) and July 24-26 (women)
Where: St. Michael Parish, Marquette. 
Details: The inspiring, informative, and practical talks given throughout a Cursillo weekend are offered both by lay people who comprise a Cursillo team and by clergy, as the team includes one or two priests who are available for Masses and Confessions. A deacon or a professed religious may offer a talk as well. The weekend provides many opportunities for prayer, worship, good meals, and joyful fraternity.
Contact: Sheryl Carobine  (906)-282-1258,
Chaplain: Father Larry VanDamme,

Immaculée Ilibagiza Retreat:

When: Aug. 7-8, 2020
Where: Resurrection Parish, 2607 18th St., Menominee, MI 49858. 
Details: This retreat includes Immaculee's witness of the power of prayer, miracles of the Rosary, and inspirational music. Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. She enjoyed a peaceful childhood with her loving parents and three brothers. On April 6, 1994 the Rwandan president, a Hutu, was assassinated. This sparked months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members throughout the country. To protect his only daughter from rape and murder, Immaculée’s father told her to run to a local pastor’s house for protection. The pastor quickly sheltered Immaculée and seven other women in a hidden 3 x 4 foot bathroom.
After 91 days, Immaculée emerged from that small bathroom weighing just 65 pounds, and finding her entire family brutally murdered, with the exception of one brother who was studying abroad. She also found nearly one million of her extended family, friends, neighbors and fellow Rwandans massacred.
After the genocide, Immaculée came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Immaculée was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, "I forgive you."
Immaculée's first book, Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Hay House) was released in March of 2006. Left to Tell quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. To date, it has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold over two million copies. Immaculée's story has also been made into a documentary titled “The Diary of Immaculée.”
For more information and how to register, visit

Pilgrimage to Poland

When: October 5-13, 2020
What: Celebrate the 100th Birthday of St. John Paul ll and the 20th anniversary of St. Faustina’s Canonization by joining Father Ryan Ford, Deacon Steve and Jackie Gretzinger as the Catholic Diocese of Marquette leads a religious and cultural pilgrimage to Poland.
Where: Spend time in worship where St. Faustina lived and died. Visit Auschwitz, the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors, as well as the resilience of the human spirit. Be amazed as we stroll the Wieliczka salt mines. Gaze upon the world famous Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery. Learn about the young life of the beloved Saint Pope John Paul II in Wadowice. Celebrate Mass in Warsaw and Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland.
Contact: Laura Chapman at (906) 228-6355;; Holiday Travel Vacations, 1440 W Ridge St. Ste B, Marquette, MI 49855

Wise Men Retreat

When: Friday December 4-6, 2020
Where: Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls, MI
Contact: St. Albert the Great Parish, (906) 482-5530 or email

Retreats at Companions of Christ the Lamb (CCL)

If interested in making an individual or group retreat at Companions of Christ the Lamb in Paradise, Mich., contact retreat directors Charles & Kathy Roelant at (231) 944-2524 for more information.


Diocese of Marquette ~ 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851 ~ (906) 225-1141