Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Church-School Congregation Executive Boards, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin, the Youth Department is pleased to announce the 5th Annual College Retreat (and young adult) to be held at the New Gračanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL, from Tuesday, August 3rd through Friday, August 6th. The retreat is open to both college/university students and young adults ages 18 to 28.
This college retreat is an excellent opportunity for parishes of our Diocese to send young adults for spiritual fulfillment and fellowship with like-minded young people. Our theme will be Not Just in Name Alone: Loving God with Our Whole Life. The retreat will offer all of us an opportunity to pray, learn and connect together. The retreat will include presentations and discussions related to important topics that our young people face every day. Recreational and fellowship events will enable our young people to interact with other college students and young adults from throughout our Diocese.
We hope that each parish will assist with financial means for young people who are interested.
Each participant will be required to provide a $115.00 ($28.75/day) registration fee. If a participant cannot afford the mentioned fee, please contact your parish for support or call the Youth Director, Fr. Nikola Radovančević, at (414) 403-9361. If one is arriving at the O’Hare or Midway airports, please call Aleksandra Sretenović at (440) 520-9064 for possible transportation arrangements. The youth are asked to bring with them additional $10 for the annual humanitarian project.
Please note with all our preparations the fee is not refundable. If you are unable to come, we will gladly accept it as a donation – thank you.
Please feel free to contact the youth department, if you have any questions about the retreat: [email protected]. The Director of the Youth Department can be reached by telephone at: (414) 403-9361 and/or by email at: [email protected].
We are very excited to have this opportunity to facilitate this event. We hope you will support the future of the church by sending young people from your parish to the retreat.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Nikola Radovančević and the Youth Department