discovering the essential role of the lay person in god's plan

This retreat empowers the lay Catholic to truly live their lay vocation to the fullest! Come, study this wonderful document with us!

Retreat Resources: Click here to see full text of Pope Saint John Paul II's document on the laity that

will be presented and summarized at this dynamic retreat!  You will discover so much about the

richness of the vocation of the lay person!


To register for this retreat, click here:  REGISTER 


If you didn't think you were an important part of the Catholic Church, read what JPII has to say

in this document:  "The Faithful, more precisely the lay faithful, find themselves on the front lines

of the Church's life; for them the Church is the animating principle for human society. Therefore,

they in particular, ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church,

but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership

of the Pope, the head of all, and of the Bishops in communion with him. These are the Church ..."


"According to the Biblical image of the vineyard, the lay faithful, together with all the other members

of the Church, are branches engrafted to Christ the true vine, and from him derive their life and fruitfulness."


Attend this retreat and discover more fully your vocation as a lay person in the Catholic Church!

From February 17, 2023 To February 18, 2023


(937) 587-5464 or (513) 373-2397 or e-mail


This retreat will be held at St Philip the Apostle Church, 944 US-22, Morrow, OH 45152


Fact #1: EVERY lay person has an important mission from God! Fact #2: We need good Catholic millionaires, good Catholic politicians, good Catholics in social media, good Catholics in every neighborhood to make a heavenly impact on the world! Fact #3: The lay faithful have an essential role, and through YOUR ROLE, in YOUR particular SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, Christ is made present in this world as a sign of hope and love. Fact #4: This mission is URGENT! God REALLY needs YOU! “ Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” – Esther 4:14


Friday evening, Feb. 17, from 7 – 9 p.m. Mass @ 7 pm – Fr Craig Best, Pastor of St Philip/St Francis de Sales, then introductory remarks and 1st reflection* – Marybeth Kenny Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mass @ 9 am - Fr David Endres, Academic Dean and Professor of Church History, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary/Athenaeum 9:45 am - 2nd reflection* - Fr David Endres 10:45 am - 3rd reflection* - Patty Moores 11:45 am - complimentary lunch served 1 pm - 4th reflection* - Jeff Kenny 2 pm - 5th reflection* - Jeanie Stephens 3 pm - Closing Prayer Interactive format! *All retreat reflections are approximately 20 to 25 minutes in length followed by small group discussions Now more than ever the Laity are called forth to take their place in the body of Christ and discover the essential role they are to play in the building the Kingdom of God here on earth.


All presentations are from an authentically-Catholic perspective.