Wednesday 07-26-2017 - Friday 07-28-2017
What is the Fiat Days Retreat?
“Fiat” is a Latin word that refers to Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). The goal of Fiat Days is to bring high school aged women together who desire to grow in faithful discipleship and personal holiness to be better able to discover their own vocation from the Lord, with a special focus on the call to religious life. We will be joined by religious sisters from several communities for this three-day retreat.
Does this mean that the high school ladies I send to participate will become nuns?
Not necessarily. The Fiat Days Retreat is created to help young women experience the life of women religious and learn more about several particular communities. Women who wish to serve God and the Church are often faced with a double challenge of discerning God’s call in their hearts and then also discerning a particular community in which to answer that call. Fiat Days will be a chance for young women to meet women religious from various communities and learn more about what it means to live as a religious sister. Throughout the retreat, there will be time for personal reflection, small group sharing, and inspiring talks to challenge the young women to prepare to say “yes” to God’s call both now and in the future.
Who should attend Fiat Days?
Fiat Days Retreat is open to all rising 10th graders through graduated seniors. Due to the nature of the retreat experience, we cannot accept any individual who is younger than 10th grade.
Most importantly, pastors and youth ministry leaders should identify young women who are well-rounded and active in the life of the parish to participate in this experience. We do not typically recommend that you do a “mass marketing” campaign for this retreat. Rather, participants should be invited through one-on-one invitations. While some of the young women you may invite may have considered religious life in the past, it is not a requirement that they have considered or talked about religious life prior to coming.
Where and when is the Fiat Days Retreat?
The Fiat Days Retreat will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, through Friday, July 28, 2017. The retreat will begin at 2:30 pm at Shalom House Retreat Center near Richmond (15340 Robert Terrell Rd, Montpelier) on July 26th and end at 5:15 pm on Friday, July 28th. Families are invited to join us starting at 3:45 pm on Friday, July 28th, for a closing program and Mass.
What is the lodging situation?
Lodging will be at Shalom House. All participants will be housed, two people per room, with their own bed. Roommates will be pre-assigned. Linens and towels will be provided.
How do I get to Shalom House?
Transportation to and from the retreat is the responsibility of each parish to coordinate. The Office for Evangelization can assist parishes who wish to carpool by connecting nearby parishes together.
Who leads the Fiat Days Retreat experience?
The Fiat Days Retreat is a joint effort by the Office for Evangelization and Office for Vocations. The talks and activities will be led by religious sisters. Local youth and campus ministers may also be present serve as helpers and chaperones.
Due to the nature of the retreat experience, parishes are not required to send a chaperone with the youth they send to the retreat. If there are any interested female adults from your parish who wish to attend, please contact the Office for Evangelization to inquire about availability.
What are the requirements for adult chaperones?
If an adult chaperone is coming from your parish, that adult chaperone must be in compliance with the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies, which includes completing the following:
- Select One Screening (every 5 years)
- VIRTUS training (once)
What is the registration fee?
The Diocese is able to absorb most of the cost for this experience. The cost for youth participants is $125. There is no charge to adult chaperones. As with all of our events, cost should never be a barrier to participation so if any of your youth need scholarships, please contact us as soon as possible.
What does this registration fee cover?
The registration fee will cover lodging, food, and activities for the duration of the retreat.
How do I register and what are the registration deadlines?
All youth and adults must register through their parish youth coordinator OR Catholic school coordinator. The registration process includes these steps:
- Registration Form: Print out and distribute the registration form. A copy should be maintained by the youth coordinator in case of emergency. DO NOT SEND THESE TO THE OFFICE FOR EVANGELIZATION.
- Register Participants via the Online Registration System: If you are a youth coordinator, contact the Office for Evangelization via email or phone (804-622-5159) to get your username and password for the online registration system.
- Send payments to the Office for Evangelization: Be sure to include your parish/school name along with a list of participant the payment is for. All outstanding registration fees will be invoiced to the parish by in the fall of 2017.
Registration will close on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11:59pm.
Where do I go for questions or additional support?
For all questions or support, contact the Office for Evangelization directly via email or call 804-622-5159.