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The Flow of a Retreat

The Flow of a Retreat June 14, 2013

Vince currently serves as the director of the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in the Diocese of Fresno. He has worked passionately for nearly twenty years as a director of youth ministry serving young people in Catholic parishes in San Diego and Los Angeles, most recently accompanying inner-city Hispanic youth at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights, Ca. Over the years, Vince has served as a conference organizer and speaker, an instructor for Loyola Marymount University Extension, a case manager team leader serving the homeless in Santa Monica, CA, a concert promoter, and a consultant on rites of passage for a major film production company. Vince received his Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in Hispanic theology and ministry at Barry University, a Dominican university in Miami Shores, Florida. He has published articles in Ministry and Liturgy, The Journal of Religion and Film, Radical Grace and The Journal of Hispanic Latino Theology. Actualmente Vince se desempeña como Director del Centro de Conferencias para Jóvenes Santa Teresita, de la Diócesis de Fresno. Ha trabajado con pasión durante casi veinte años como director de la Pastoral Juvenil al servicio de jóvenes en parroquias Católicas en San Diego y Los Ángeles, recientemente acompañando a los jóvenes hispanos en la Misión Dolores en Boyle Heights, California. A través de los años, Vicente ha servido como organizador de conferencias, profesor en el Programa de Extensión de la Universidad Loyola Marymount, administrador de equipos al servicio de personas sin hogares en Santa Monica, CA, conferencista, promotor de conciertos, y consultor de ritos de paso para una compañía cinematográfica. Vince actualmente es candidato para el Doctorado en Ministerio, con énfasis en la Teología y Pastoral Hispana en la Universidad Barry, Universidad dominica en Miami Shores, Florida. Ha publicado artículos en inglés en Ministry and Liturgy, The Journal of Religion and Film, Radical Grace and The Journal of Hispanic Latino Theology.

A retreat usually consists of a collection of activities, experiences, performances, teaching, prayers, sacraments, games, and so forth. In order to hold all the pieces together, retreat themes are helpful, but the theme of a retreat is not designed to guide the flow of a retreat. A good retreat will follow a flow that moves from presenting to engaging, to experiencing, to imagining something renewed. Below are just four of the nine ways a good retreat will flow.  The complete and detailed work, How to Build a Retreat, will arrive in the months ahead.

Presenting
Presenting

Presenting

Presenting involves the introduction of a story, theme, teaching, or topic, and takes place throughout a retreat, as you introduce new topics and stories. Presenting consists of three components: what you want to present, how you want to present it, and the invitation for the retreatants to respond.

Naming
Naming

Naming

Naming allows young people to name their experiences and realities related to what is being presented. Like presenting, how young people name is very important. Naming may be expressed through writing, physical action, artwork, acting, small group sharing, and so forth. Naturally, naming involves personal reflection and private moments to ponder, write and/or create, but then naming also involves a sharing or displaying (if it’s a creative project) in public space.

Experiencing
Experiencing

Experiencing

Experiencing involves the creation of an interactive and engaging activity, designed to facilitate a felt connection between young people and a scripture story or theme. Experiencing can be a fun/active activity (like an obstacle course), the recreation of a scripture story (inserting young people into the story), or a deep reflective experience (like a reconciliation service).

Celebrating
Celebrating

Celebrating

Celebrating involves a joyful experience that celebrates the fact that our youth have endured and engaged a salvific process. Celebrating is the natural conclusion to having completed a task, endured an obstacle course, or completed an inspiring retreat.

 

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Vince currently serves as the director of the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in the Diocese of Fresno. He has worked passionately for nearly twenty years as a director of youth ministry serving young people in Catholic parishes in San Diego and Los Angeles, most recently accompanying inner-city Hispanic youth at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights, Ca. Over the years, Vince has served as a conference organizer and speaker, an instructor for Loyola Marymount University Extension, a case manager team leader serving the homeless in Santa Monica, CA, a concert promoter, and a consultant on rites of passage for a major film production company. Vince received his Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in Hispanic theology and ministry at Barry University, a Dominican university in Miami Shores, Florida. He has published articles in Ministry and Liturgy, The Journal of Religion and Film, Radical Grace and The Journal of Hispanic Latino Theology. Actualmente Vince se desempeña como Director del Centro de Conferencias para Jóvenes Santa Teresita, de la Diócesis de Fresno. Ha trabajado con pasión durante casi veinte años como director de la Pastoral Juvenil al servicio de jóvenes en parroquias Católicas en San Diego y Los Ángeles, recientemente acompañando a los jóvenes hispanos en la Misión Dolores en Boyle Heights, California. A través de los años, Vicente ha servido como organizador de conferencias, profesor en el Programa de Extensión de la Universidad Loyola Marymount, administrador de equipos al servicio de personas sin hogares en Santa Monica, CA, conferencista, promotor de conciertos, y consultor de ritos de paso para una compañía cinematográfica. Vince actualmente es candidato para el Doctorado en Ministerio, con énfasis en la Teología y Pastoral Hispana en la Universidad Barry, Universidad dominica en Miami Shores, Florida. Ha publicado artículos en inglés en Ministry and Liturgy, The Journal of Religion and Film, Radical Grace and The Journal of Hispanic Latino Theology.