What is ACTS?

An ACTS Retreat is a (multi)parish-based event which offers parishioners an opportunity to experience the love of Jesus Christ. This in turn fosters a desire for intentional discipleship.

ACTS Retreats are given by parishioners for parishioners, and in this way, serve to build Christian community at a parish.

ACTS Retreats are held in 570+ Catholic Parishes, representing 74 Dioceses in the United States and an additional 28 Dioceses Internationally.  

How does it work?

ACTS Retreats are hosted in a cycle of retreats. JPII ACTS will host a Men's Weekend Retreat and a Women's Weekend Retreat each cycle. 

After 3 cycles of retreats, JPII ACTS will begin to host a Teen ACTS. 

All retreats begin on Thursday night and end with the Parish Celebration of the Mass on Sunday.

Where are the retreats?

Retreats are held in the Fr. Menard building at Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, Louisiana

All retreats begin on Thursday evening and end with Sunday Mass in the parish

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (and snacks!) will be provided during the retreat

What do I need to bring?

An open heart is the most crucial thing to bring

Toiletries (toothbrush, brush/comb, personal care items)

Your Bible, Rosary, etc.

All bedrooms have a private bathroom with shower. All bed linens and towels are provided.

What is the cost?

The cost of the ACTS retreat will cover: 

Dinner on Thursday night, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Breakfast on Sunday as well as snacks and drinks throughout the retreat. 

It will also cover lodging in double occupancy rooms that include: bedding, a private bathroom and shower, and towels.

The cost of the retreat is $300.00/retreatant.

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When will the next retreat be held?

Men's ACTS Retreat  |  July 25-28, 2024

Women's ACTS Retreat  |  June 27-30, 2024

Men's ACTS Retreat   |  TBA

Women's ACTS Retreat   |  TBA

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About our Patron Saint

We have chosen to identify our ACTS retreat with a Patron Saint. Because we have a unique "Cluster" Retreat with Annunziata, Holy Family, St. Ann, St. Bernadette, and St. Eloi we wanted to make sure that we had an identity that was for everyone. We couldn't think of a better saint than John Paul II. JPII, as he is affectionately known, was the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church for nearly 27 years from 1978 to 2005. He fought against communism, started World Youth Day, advocated for the poor, taught us how to love, showed us the dignity of all humans, and reached millions of Christians face-to-face and heart-to-heart. He was our generation's boldest example of how to live the Gospel with great vigor and humility - while at the same time teaching us how to suffer with grace and die with hope in Christ Jesus.  Following the example of John Paul's earthly life, we hope that we too can say to Christ,  "Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt" "I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours."

Pope John Paul II, Pray for us.

JPII ACTS Retreat Location

Lumen Christi Retreat Center, 100 Lumen Christi Court, Schriever, LA 70395

JPII ACTS Headquarters

St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 409 Funderburk Avenue, Houma, LA 70360