Inaugurated in 1968 at the Marist Brothers Center in Esopus, New York, the Encounter is a unique Marist contribution to youth ministry in the United States. Many of the Catholic youth retreat programs used in schools and dioceses across the country are variations on this original Marist Brothers innovation. The Encounter has been a significant life experience for generations of Columbus students.
An adaptation of the Cursillo for adults, the Encounter is a two-and-a-half-day retreat that invites participants to a deeper and more mature relationship with themselves, with others, and with God. Through a series of peer- and adult-facilitated experiences (talks, discussions, prayer, activities) and the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, participants come to a fuller awareness that they and others are created in the image of a loving God and are called to follow Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life.
2019-2020 Encounter Dates
Wednesday, September 18 – Friday, September 20 [To register click here]
Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30 [To register click here]
Wednesday, January 22 – Friday, January 24 [To register click here]
Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27 [To register click here]
Times and Location
10:00 am Wednesday:
Participants report directly to Morningstar Renewal Center; attendance will be taken: 7275 SW 124 Street Pinecrest, FL 33156.
12:00 noon Friday:
Participants are dismissed directly from Morningstar Renewal Center.
Encounter Fee: $150.00
This fee covers retreat house costs (including meals and lodging), materials and other expenses.
To Sign-Up for the Encounter Retreat:
- Complete page 1.
- Sign on page 2 (student and parent must both sign).
- Complete the Retreat Online Registration, make payment, and submit the form and payment online.
- Print the Encounter Information Sheet