Schedule

Friday, February 7

  • Welcome and introduction of Retreat Theme

  • Keynote Address

  • Mass

Saturday, February 8

  • Keynote Address

  • Mass

  • Breakout Sessions

  • Small group time with Seminarian Group Leader for lectio divina, discussion, visiting the Grotto

  • Testimonies and Saint Stories from Seminarians

  • Keynote Address

  • Eucharistic Procession

  • Concert

Sunday, February 9

  • Keynote Address

  • Closing Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services

  • Farewell

Music

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FOCUS Collective is returning for a fourth retreat to provide music. They began in 2010 as a worship team of missionaries serving at FOCUS events. Since then, the Lord has brought together a diverse mixture of musicians from both within and outside of FOCUS. Though we serve together, we are a collective because each of us is pursuing our individual callings to serve God in music through various avenues

 

Speakers

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Joel Stepanek

What began as a simple internship in a parish youth ministry office evolved into an incredible adventure that led him on numerous middle school lock-ins, high school retreats, and conferences across the United States and the world. He is the Director of Resource Development for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry resources for middle, high school, and college students as well as parents. He has traveled across the world training youth ministers and speaking to teenagers.

He is an avid Packers fan (and owner) who loves cooking, weightlifting, and reading whatever book he can get his hands on. Most important, he loves spending time with his wife, Colleen, and his two children, Elijah Daniel and Sophia Grace. They are his greatest adventure.

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Sister maria veritas

Sister Maria Veritas is a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. She is originally from Queens and attended the University of Harvard. Shortly after delivering the valedictory to her classmates upon their graduation, she entered the convent in Ann Arbor as an aspiriant for her community. She completed a master’s degree at Ave Maria University in Florida and is currently working on her doctorate in systematic theology focusing on the study of scripture.

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Father Thomas Cavanaugh

Father Thomas Cavanaugh is a parish priest in Woodbridge, Virginia where he enjoys bring Christ to everyone there. He was raised in Arlington, Virginia, attended catholic high school, and withdrew from his faith during college. After a rekindling of a friendship with Christ, he served as a missionary in Ethiopia and then discerned the priesthood. While in seminary at Mount St. Mary’s he led trips with other seminarians to college campuses to speak to college students about Christ and to connect them to the campus ministry. These “New Evangelization Trips” still continue today. Father Thomas is a proud owner of a very thick beard and very happy to share his love for our Lord Jesus during this retreat.

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Leonard DeLorenzo

Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D., is the director of undergraduate studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life where he also serves as academic director for Notre Dame Vision. He holds a concurrent teaching appointment in the Department of Theology.

Leonard earned his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his M.A. in systematic theology and B.A. in theology and philosophy. A member of the McGrath Institute for Church Life since 2003, he has served on the leadership teams for Notre Dame Vision and the Church Life Internship, which he founded in 2016.  He is the author of three books. Originally from Nutley, New Jersey but raised in Southern California, Leonard now lives in South Bend, Indiana with his wife, Lisa, and is a devoted father to their six children.