Tuesday 07-14-2020 - Thursday 07-16-2020
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 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 invite may be interested in religious life, the primary goal of this retreat is to give young women an opportunity for focused prayer, discernment, and community with their peers and religious sisters.
Where and when is the Fiat Days Retreat?
The Fiat Days Retreat will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, through Thursday, July 16, 2020. This retreat will be a hybrid retreat, using both a digital platform (Zoom) and in-person regional gatherings. Each day will include 2 digital sessions (one from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and a second from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm). The in-person locations will have sessions from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and will be as follows. Each participant will have the option to attend the retreat virtually all three days OR attend virtually 2 days and in-person for 1 day. During registration, the participant will select which option they prefer and which in-person location, if applicable.
- Tuesday, July 14, 2020: Richmond
- Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Norfolk
- Thursday, July 16, 2020: Roanoke
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 will also be present to serve as helpers and chaperones.
This year, due to COVID-19, Fiat Days will be hosted concurrently at the same locations at Quo Vadis. The programs will only interact with each other at daily Mass. The Vicar for Vocations and the Associate Director and Promoter of Vocations will be onsite as well as a small group of diocesan seminarians who are assisting with Quo Vadis.
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 cost for youth participants is $25. There are no refunds, regardless of reason for cancellation.
What does this registration fee cover?
The registration fee will cover food (on the day you attend in-person), t-shirt, journal, books, and activities for the duration of the retreat. The cost is the same, if a participant opts not to attend in-person.
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 two steps:
- Registration Form: Print out and distribute the registration form from evangelizerichmond.org. 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 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 participants for whom the payment applies. All outstanding registration fees will be invoiced to the parish by in the fall of 2020.
Registration will close on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm.
Where do I go for questions or additional support?
For all questions or support, contact the Office for Evangelization directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 804-622-5159.