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Retreat StudentsOUTREACH - SHARE OUR FAITH: RETREATS

The Mission provides space for various kinds of retreats in the church as well as in the (soon-to-be) new retreat center in the former school building. These kinds of retreats include (but are not limited to):
·         College alternative break trips (Catholic AND non-Catholic schools)
·         Adult service retreats
·         Independently organized retreats (e.g. RCIA retreats, young adult retreats, staff retreats for parishes etc.)

Here is an excerpt of a reflection of a retreat participant:

"Serving the people was fantastic and many of the kids commented on how wonderful it was just to do something as simple (and profound) as handing someone a bag of apples or a loaf of bread. They loved the smiles and the interaction with these people who they had not met before. Many even commented on how they liked cleaning the sidewalk, believing that it made the neighborhood more home-like. This gives me great hope for the future of our Church!" Click here to read the entire letter.

The Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago do many retreats for various ages at parishes/ organizations. Please contact us if you are interested in the Franciscans coming to lead a retreat at your location.

Convent / School
We are in the process of transitioning our retreat housing from the convent to the newly-acquired school building, which is currently undergoing renovations. Please contact if your group is interested in coming and we will discuss arrangements for your group.

Below are pictures of the convent retreat space (click the pictures to enlarge). The new school retreat facility will be larger, but have a similar set up as the convent.  


Bedroom Chapel Sitting Room
Deck Meeting Kitchen
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Church
For day retreats, the church can easily accommodate groups up to 100 people. The church basement is used for talks, small groups, and meals. The upstairs can be used for prayer and Mass. (Click on the pictures below to enlarge)


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DETAILS
Cost? Free will offering

Food? Please contact us. Cooking arrangements vary among groups.

Minors?  We cannot have anyone under the age of 18 stay overnight in the convent or school. However, minors are welcome to come for day retreats. The Franciscans would also be very happy to come to your parish / group to lead a retreat for youth. Please contact us to make arrangements or for more information.

Sacraments? If your group is not coming with a priest, Fr. Bob will likely be able to offer Mass for your group. Details can be discussed once the retreat is scheduled.

SIGN UP?
Please e-mail HERE (olamission@gmail.com) or call 773-486-8431 to discuss scheduling a retreat for your group.

INDIVIDUAL RETREATS?
We are limited in our ability to provide space for individual retreatants at this time. However, please do still contact us HERE (olamission@gmail.com) to see if we can accommodate your need.