WHAT IS KOINONIA?

A Koinonia retreat, ordinarily made in one’s own parish, is a grace-filled opportunity for a Christ-centered spiritual renewal for each of the retreatants and, therefore, of the parish.
The Koinonia Retreat is led by a Lay Director and is presented by a team of lay people who have previously participated in a Koinonia Retreat or a Teens Encounter Christ Retreat, along with a priest and a religious or a lay person prepared in ministry and spiritual formation who serve as Spiritual Directors. The entire team meets over several weeks for prayer, faith-sharing and formation in preparation for each particular retreat. The retreat begins at 5:00 pm Friday (with an evening meal) and closes at 4:00 pm Sunday. Participants return to their own homes each night.
The retreat focuses on the Paschal Mystery- the passion, death and resurrection-of Jesus and its meaning in the lives of the followers of Christ.
The weekend allows each person to hear Christ’s call and to  experience the spiritual shifting or renewal or change in his/her life that invites and encourages a closer relationship with Christ. It
also offers the challenge and support to live each day according to God’s will. The weekend consists of talks, discussions, liturgical and
para-liturgical celebrations and experiences.

PURPOSE OF THE KOINONIA MOVEMENT :

KOINONIA is a Greek word that means fellowship, communion, or participation.  St. Paul uses the term to designate the vital union of the faithful that arises from their union with Christ. The purpose of the Koinonia movement is to provide the opportunity for adults to:
1. Encounter Jesus Christ through an experience of Christian Community;
2. Share the Gospel message, particularly that of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, so that each person may respond to the unique invitation of Christ to join with Him in deeper union or Communion;
3. Form Christian Community as part of daily life.

FOLLOW-UP…

After the retreat, participants are encouraged to become part of a small Christian community and opportunities for further community experiences with those who have made Koinonia retreats are provided. Although each weekend follows the same
structure, each retreat is different because of the personalities and experiences of those present.

WHO CAN ATTEND KOINONIA RETREATS?

ALL ADULTS, (21-90+: young and old and all between: women and men; single, married, divorced, widowed, priests, religious) are invited. The weekend is Catholic in its expression (the Catholic
Mass is celebrated), however, participants of all Christian Denominations are always welcome. Koinonia strives to unify the
parish community including the disabled, the divorced, and minorities. It brings together both younger and older adults
and every strata of the people of God.