Koinonia is a Greek word that means fellowship, communion, or participation. St. Paul uses the term to designate the vital union of the faithful that arises from their union with Christ. The purpose of the Koinonia movement is to provide the opportunity for adults to:
- Encounter Jesus Christ through an experience of Christian Community;
- Share the Gospel message, particularly that of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, so that each person may respond to the unique invitation of Christ to join with Him in deeper union or communion;
- To form Christian Community as part of daily life.
HOW KOINONIA WORKS: A Koinonia retreat is led by a Lay Director and is presented by a team of lay people who have participated in a Koinonia Retreat or a Teens Encounter Christ Retreat, along with a priest and a layperson prepared in ministry and spiritual formation who serve as Spiritual Directors, all of whom have gone through some weeks of preparation and formation for this particular retreat. The retreat lasts from 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday afternoon. Participants return to their own homes each night. The retreat focuses on the Paschal Mystery – the passion, death, and resurrection – of Jesus and its meaning in each person’s life.
The weekend allows each person to hear Christ’s call and to experience a spiritual shifting or renewal or change in his/her life. It also offers the challenge and support to live each day according to God’s will. The weekend consists of talks, discussions, liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations and experiences of hope.
The dress is casual. After the retreat, participants are encouraged to become part of a small Christian community and opportunities for further community experiences with those who have made Koinonia retreats are provided. Although each weekend follows the same structure, each retreat is different because of the personalities and experience of those present.
WHO CAN ATTEND KOINONIA RETREATS? ALL ADULTS, (21-90+), young and old and all in between: women and men; single, married, divorced, widowed, priests, religious are invited. The weekend is Catholic in its expression (the Catholic Mass is celebrated); however, participants of all Christian denominations are always welcome. Koinonia strives to unify the parish community including the disabled, the divorced, and minorities. It brings together both younger and older adults.
Stay tuned for updates on when the next Koinonia retreat will be offered.