Christ Renews His Parish Retreats:

A Pathway to the Development of Small Church Communities


By Bro. Robert k. Moriarty

On October 8, 2014 we marked the thirtieth anniversary of the beginnings of small Christian communities in the Archdiocese of Hartford. About two hundred people gathered for a festive dinner at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. More...

Fr. Thomas Sievel, St. Vincent de Paul, East Haven, CT


Do you ever get exhausted by all the “church stuff” you’re involved in? They asked you to do WHAT!! How do you find the time to join all those activities in the parish? But, it seems to many that a good parish offers more activities, more work and is eager to add yet more to an already packed schedule of activities. All of this requires more time, and more money. Exhausted yet? More...


Mr. Michael Ronan, St. Rose, Newtown

I have been asked to make some remarks this evening on the impact of the Christ Renews His Parish retreat on St. Rose of Lima Parish in the Diocese of Bridgeport over the past 10 years. Now, I can give you the numbers: 250-300 retreat participants, new men’s and women’s Bible studies, a new men’s ministry and a resurgent women’s retreat program that attracts close to 100 participants in a one-day format, an increase in participation in liturgical ministries – More...

Mr. Daniel Dionne, St. Bartholomew, Manchester


After ten years of parish life at St. Bartholomew Church, I now believe I am a born-again Catholic. I am a sinner, saved by the grace of God. My faith journey has touched many aspects of parish service, through the K of C, as Eucharistic Minister, as a member of a small church community and now as member of Teams 1 & 2 of the Christ Renews His Parish retreat. More...

Fr. Stephen Sledesky, St. Bridget-St. Bartholomew, Manchester, CT


After ten years of parish life at St. Bartholomew Church, I now believe I am a born-again Catholic. I am a sinner, saved by the grace of God. My faith journey has touched many aspects of parish service, through the K of C, as Eucharistic Minister, as a member of a small church community and now as member of Teams 1 & 2 of the Christ Renews His Parish retreat. More...