Serving as a Priest or Deacon on the Retreat

Hello Father,

Thank you so much for considering serving for the entire weekend of our retreat.

Each Rachel’s Vineyard retreat starts at 5pm on Friday and ends at about 5 pm on Sunday. Your role as the priest is to offer the compassion of Christ, convey the merciful teachings of the church, and offer the sacraments of Reconciliation and Mass. You do not have to prepare any talks or presentations. You will have a role in many of the exercises, but everything is in the retreat manual and provided for you.

The retreat is a series of “Living Scripture” exercises, which consist of a scripture passage, followed by a meditation, a ritual that reinforces the mediation, and a closing prayer. After the exercise, we process it as a group with discussion questions from the manual. You will be reading many of the scripture passages and prayers.

Regarding the Mass, you need only to bring your alb and anything else you prefer to use of your own. The retreat center has everything that is needed for mass.

You will have your own private room and bathroom, with 6 meals, beverages, and snacks provided. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions or needs.

Thank you for considering serving with us in this ministry. The retreats are always very powerful with tremendous healing for the participants. It is a great blessing just to be part of it – whether as priest, retreatant, or team member. Father Brian Lynch commented that he “felt most like a priest on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat.” Father Jim Livingston wrote, “You are put in touch with the mystery of suffering, redemption and healing of the soul… You can see Christ working in the retreat, in the people and in yourself. It is a jolt of faith.”

Our upcoming retreats that we need priests are:

  • July 30 – August 1, 2021 (Franscian Retreats in Prior Lake)
  • April 8-10, 2022 (Christ the King in Buffalo)

Let me know if you have any other questions. Fr. Livingston (651-278-7542) has done many retreats with us and can also answer any questions you may have.

If you would like, one of us can meet with you before the weekend to give you a quick overview of the exercises and what to expect. Here is a typical schedule of our weekend.

Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy and the Retreat Team