Tuesday 07-26-2016 - Friday 07-29-2016
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. This four-day experience will allow the participants to visit five different religious communities in the local area. We will be traveling in the Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington and joining the sisters in their daily work, prayers, and meals.
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 walk alongside women religious in their daily routine 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 live out the universal call to holiness and the call of discipleship in their lives now and so prepare to say “yes” to what God may ask of them in the future.
Who should attend Fiat Days?
Fiat Days Retreat is open to all rising 10th through 12th graders. Due to the nature of the retreat experience, we cannot accept any individual who is younger than 10th grade or any graduated seniors.
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 Tuesday, July 26, 2016, through Friday, July 29, 2016. The retreat will begin at 2 pm in Charlottesville (location TBD) on July 26th and end in Richmond at the Pastoral Center at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 29th. Youth will be traveling together to visit various religious communities and housed at simple accommodations in nearby locations. More details about transportation and housing will be sent out before the retreat begins.
Who leads the Fiat Days Retreat experience?
The Fiat Days Retreat is a joint effort by the Office for Evangelization and Office for Vocations. Several local youth and campus ministers will be traveling with the youth and leading the retreat. At each stop, the religious sisters will be sharing about their community’s particular charism and history.
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 is the registration fee?
The Diocese is able to absorb most of the cost for this experience. The cost for youth participants is $100. 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 transportation for the duration of the retreat.
What is the lodging situation?
Lodging is TBD. More details will be provided as they are determined.
How do I get to Charlottesville?
Transportation to and from the retreat (Charlottesville – Richmond) is the responsibility of each parish to coordinate. The Office for Evangelization can assist parishes who wish to carpool by connecting nearby parishes together.
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)
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:
- Medical Form: Print out and distribute this medical form. 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.
- Parishes are responsible for the registration fee. An invoice will be sent to each parish after the event for any unpaid fees. The parish is responsible for collecting fees from participants.
Registration will close on Monday, July 11, 2016.
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.