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Parish Retreats

One of the resources available for parishes in the diocese is customized retreats for youth or young adults. Contact Kyle at ext. 154 to set up retreats for Confirmation, team building, leadership, Theology of the Body or any other topic your parish needs.

Common retreat options:

  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit ~ Confirmation retreat centered on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and using them in our everyday lives
  • Moving On ~ Graduation Retreat for students moving on to a new school
  • Theology of the Body ~ Retreat based on St. John Paul II's teaching on Theology of the Body (see below)
  • Prayer ~ Introduction to why we pray and ways we pray
  • Virtues ~ Living as disciples of Jesus Christ through understanding virtues


Theology of the Body Retreat

The world is a challenging place for teens, becoming increasingly difficult for parents and educators to help them discover the truth about their bodies, sexuality, and unique call to love. A new curriculum based on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body called “YOU: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body” provides teens with an authentic view of the human person and introduces teens to the truth that life is about going out of themselves to be a sincere gift for others. YOU teaches teens about Theology of the Body and how to live in authentic freedom, love and happiness. Teens also learn how to navigate challenging topics such as gender, pornography and same-sex “marriage.” Finally, YOU covers what healthy relationships look like and how to live a life of sacrifice and discipleship. YOU retreats for high school students are available through the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry by calling Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154. Age-appropriate retreats for junior high students are available as well.


Teens Encounter Christ

TEC is a movement of spirituality for older adolescents that focuses on the Paschal Mystery as a central theme.  At its core, TEC is an evangelizing process that works through the witness of the team members as the Paschal Mystery is lived out in concrete human terms.

In the Springfield Diocese, there are two TEC Communities. One is based in Springfield and the other is based in Quincy and is called Great River TEC.

Great River TEC

Great River TEC retreats are held at the Franciscan Retreat Center of Quincy University, 18th & Seminary Road, Quincy, Illinois. For more information about Great River TEC, check out http://greatrivertec.org/about/

Springfield TEC

Springfield TEC weekends are held at various locations around Springfield. For more information, go to: http://www.tecofspringfield.com/contact.html



Koinonia is a Greek word taken from Scripture which means community. Koinonia of Springfield is a community of caring people providing loving support and prayerful fellowship for all. Each weekend has a set program it follows focusing on the Paschal Mystery: the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Koinonia is for young adults and older.

For information about Koinonia, contact Mikki Buhl at (217) 527-1912 or email:

Luke 18

Luke 18 is a 3-day retreat program for junior high students.  The goal of Luke 18 is to invite the participants, called Lukers, into a deeper relationship with Christ and his Church.  This goal is accomplished by forming a team of high school students who already have a relationship with the Church and are comfortable sharing their personal experiences of God with everyone present on the retreat.  For more information including a copy of the Luke 18 manual, contact Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154


Scout Retreats and Days of Recollection

Look for information about retreats for Scouts on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting website: http://scouts.dio.org

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