St. Joseph Parish ACTS Retreats
LaSalle Retreat Center, Glencoe, Missouri
Our mission: "St. Joseph Parish is a Christ-centered family engaging, connecting, and empowering God’s people. For the past 14+ years, the ACTS retreat has been a key factor in making this mission a reality. It has been an amazing tool in calling people to conversion and energizing our parish. I highly recommend it, and invite all our adult parishioners to consider making an ACTS retreat." Fr. Tom Santen, pastor.
What is it?
The A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Community, Theology, Service) Retreat is offered through St. Joseph Parish and other parishes in Missouri, 26 states, and 5 countries. An ACTS Retreat is a parish-based event which offers parishioners an opportunity to experience the love of Jesus Christ. ACTS Retreats are given by parishioners for parishioners. Utilizing prayer, service, and teaching, the ACTS Retreat meets people where they are in their spiritual journey and invites them to experience God in a manner that is both personal and communal.
Who should attend?
Everyone. Young, old; faithful catholic, lapsed catholic; sinner, saint. New to the parish, long-time parishioner. Cradle catholic, convert; front pew at mass, standing in back. Social, quiet. Everyone.
Those who attend an ACTS retreat share in an experience that has impacted more than one million lives worldwide since the first retreat in 1987. There are numerous testimonies describing retreatants who became better fathers, mothers, husbands, wives and children.
Where is it?
LaSalle Retreat Center near Wildwood, MO. Located on 180 acres of beautiful, wooded grounds on Highway 109 near Interstate 44, LaSalle was originally built as a seminary for the Christian Brothers in 1886, and became a retreat center in the 1980s. LaSalle is a warm and welcoming place. It is truly the "holy ground" where one can come to be close to God and experience a peace that they can take with them in their hearts. View some of the grounds and grottos here.
How long is it?
The retreat begins with a short send-off ceremony in the church at St. Joseph on Thursday evening, after which those attending the retreat will be transported over to LaSalle. The retreat ends back in church at the 11:00 mass on Sunday morning. With just two full days plus the extra evening and morning, you will wonder why you didn’t do this for yourself long ago.