National Capital Area Emmaus

The Emmaus National Capital Area community is a Christian "fourth day" movement that traces its history to the Catholic Cursillo de Cristianidad (short course in Christianity), which started in Spain in the 1950's. By focusing on the individual's personal relationship to Jesus Christ as a model for discipleship, Emmaus National Capital Area offers weekend gatherings to help church leaders to grow spiritually by considering their commitment to piety, study and action. In the environment of a secluded campus, "Pilgrims" are formed into small groups to receive a series of inspiring messages encompassing the Christian life. Priorities, A Priesthood of All Believers, Christian Action, and Means of Grace are but a few of the fifteen talks delivered by lay-persons and clergy. After each talk is a small group discussion or other activity, helping the attendee to reflect upon his or her life in the grace of God. Other exciting and fun activities round out the weekend and help all Pilgrims to understand that God loves them and calls them into discipleship. The following men and women weekends will occur in 2014.

March 27-30 ~ Women
May 1-4 ~ Men
October  2-5 ~ Women
November 13-16 ~ Men

Similarly, separate Chrysalis weekends are offered for High School students and Young Adults. These weekends serve the same purpose in gaining a deeper understanding of where Christ stands in your life. There are three Chrysalis weekends every year. Weekends for High School participants occur in January during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, and again in August. High school students must have completed one semester as a Freshman prior to attending the weekend. Weekends for Young Adult participants occur once a year generally in the July timeframe. Young Adults range in age from 18-24 years old. Contact me about any of these weekend retreats. I’m free to help you with your application* or answer any questions you have. If you feel God working on your heart for a closer more fulfilling relationship with Him, this is a wonderful first step in that direction. Blessings, Denise Parris, deniseparris@aol.com, 703-730-3920.

* Some weekends have waiting lists so it’s never too early to get an application in. To attend an Emmaus weekend complete the Cand_App.pdf in the related downloads section. To attend a Chrysalis weekend complete the BugApp.pdf file. For those who have completed a walk and desire to team on either Emmaus or Chrysalis, complete the Team_App.pdf or TeamAppChrysalis.pdf. Again it is never too early to submit an application.

Would you like to talk with someone who has experienced a weekend? Open the FUPCDC Emmaus and Chrysalis pdf and contact one of participants.