A retreat for fathers and their sons, ages 11-16. This weekend is about spending quality time together as father and son. As boys move toward their preteen and teenage years, they are attracted to a newfound sense of "freedom" often referred to as the "moving away phase". In addition to more independence, it also becomes a time of less intimacy and less talking. This retreat provides an opportunity for fathers and their sons to talk, share, and experience what is really important in their relationship.
A father’s active presence is crucial for his son’s faith development, especially in adolescence. This retreat provides opportunities for open communication in the context of faith between fathers and their pre-adolescent and adolescent sons, and offers assistance to fathers in fostering their sons’ growth into mature manhood.
In addition to fathers, If you are a stepfather, a foster father, a grandfather, or a primary male of a boy who doesn't have an involved father, consider bringing him to the retreat to enhance your relationship and communication with him.
Many of our attendees are members of the Knights of Columbus. One of the major initiatives of the Knights is "Building the Domestic Church". As Pope Francis stated, "Parents are called ...not only to bring children into the world but also to bring them to God."(Lumen Fidei, 43) Fathers and Sons supports this principle and allows fathers to participate in this with their sons in an enjoyable environment while enhancing their spiritual relationship, personal relationship, and communication.
The weekend includes talks, prayer, Reconciliation, Mass, Adoration, Benediction, game night, water balloon competition, fathers against the sons dodgeball, and more fun activities.
St. Benedict Retreat Center
1123 Road I