TO THE EDITOR:
In response to the letter asking, “Where have our retreat centers gone?,” I thought it was important to note that the Diocese of Providence still offers two Youth Centers, a Camp and on-site (at your parish/school or another suitable location of your choice) for youth and young adults to have retreats in this state.
The Rejoice in Hope and Father Marot CYO Youth Centers and the Mother of Hope Camp offer individualized retreats for parish and school groups as well as a multi-parish format (which travels to multiple locations in our Diocese). Also provided are overnight Search retreats for youth and adults to explore their faith more intensely and comprehensively. Helping youth form and deepen their relationship with God and His Church is a central part of the mission entrusted to the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry.
I hope Ms. Notarianni’s passionate appeal reinforces for parents, pastors and catechetical leaders the importance of providing youth and young adults with powerful Catholic retreat experiences wherever they may be held. These experiences can be a source of tremendous growth and powerful commitment for a lifetime of practicing the Catholic faith.
Deb Doyle, Warwick