Fiat Days

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Essay and Recommendations

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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. 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.  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.

 

Where and when is the Fiat Days Retreat?

The Fiat Days Retreat will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, through Saturday, July 24, 2021. This retreat will be a hybrid retreat:  the first two days will be held virtually over Zoom, and the third and final day will be held in-person at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond.  Please note:  all participants must attend all three days in their respective formats.

 

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 a combination of religious sisters and local youth and campus ministers.  Due to the nature of the retreat experience, parishes are not asked to send a chaperone with the youth they send to the retreat.

 

What is the registration fee?

The cost for youth participants is $50.

 

The last day to register is Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 11:59pm.

 

Cancellations & Substitutions

Each participant cancellation on or before June 22, 2021 Full Refund
Each participant cancellation after June 22, 2021 No Refund
Each participant substituted on or before Monday, July 12, 2021* Full Refund

*The last day to request a substitution is Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:59pm.  Please note, correct t-shirt sizes for substitutions cannot be guaranteed.

 

What does this registration fee cover?

The registration fee will cover a t-shirt, journal, books, food on the Saturday in-person day, and activities for the duration of the retreat.

 

What else needs to be submitted with the registration form?

High school girls who want to attend Fiat Days must submit a 250-500 word essay telling us who they are and why they are interested in learning more about prayer, discernment, and religious sisterhood.  (The prompt is included on the registration form.)  This essay must be submitted via the Google Form link listed on the registration form.

 

In addition, the parish Youth Minister must submit a short recommendation for each high school girl when they submit their registrations in the online registration system.  In the absence of a parish Youth Minister, the teen’s pastor can submit a recommendation for them.  We love knowing how these holy young women are connected to their parishes and expressing their Catholic faith!  This recommendation can be submitted via the same Google Form link listed on the registration form.

 

How do I register?

All youth should have a parent or guardian register them directly.  (Alternatively, the parish Youth Minister can print out a hard copy of the registration form and then input the information for the participant.)  The registration process includes:

 

  1. Register via the Online Registration System: The online registration link can be found at evangelizerichmond.org.

 

  1. Submit Participant Essays & Youth Minister Recommendations: Participants should submit their essays via the Google Form listed on the registration form.  Youth Ministers can submit their recommendations at the same link.  Essays must be received by the end of the registration period.

 

  1. Send payments to the Office for Evangelization: If the “pay by check” option was chosen, send the check directly to the Office for Evangelization, 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294.  Be sure to include your participant’s name and parish with payment.

 

Where do I go for questions or additional support?

For all questions or support, contact the Office for Evangelization directly via email at evangelization@richmonddiocese.org OR 804-622-5159.