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P. M. R. PERSONAL, MEANINGFUL, AND RELEVANT VOLUNTEER RETREATS Darcey Dinh, Director of Formation and Recruitment
Introductions What do you need to know about Darcey? Florida CVIF 2 years Married 5 years Favorite color is green YA ministry, marriage prep in parish/diocese Stetson University-Teacher Ed. Dr. Cindy Lovell (now the ED of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT) is responsible for one of the most memorable statements any professor has said, “Everything you do in the classroom must be personal, meaningful, and relevant to the lives of your students. ”
PERSONAL Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4: 8 Are the retreat activities personal to your volunteers and to your program? Will the volunteers have a connection to the lessons/material? Is there enough opportunities for self-evaluation?
MEANINGFUL Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119: 105 What’s the purpose of each activity? Is it in line with the values and mission of your program? Is there meaning behind the retreat activity/discussion/project that makes it purposeful for the volunteer?
RELEVANT For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Matthew 16: 26 Are the materials up-to-date? Do the materials align with current events/news/media/doctrine? How can you help the volunteers to live out the values this year and afterwards? How can we apply the church teachings into our daily lives?
RETREAT SCHEDULE 5 per year: Orientation- 4 -5 days Fall- 3 -4 days Winter- 3 -4 days Spring- 5 days Summer/Closing- 2 -3 days
BASIC FORMAT Opening prayer Sign ups for cooking and cleaning, goals Community activities/reflections Morning prayer in different styles Worship/songs Book club and discussion Goal setting Community free time Technology Fast Meal prep Themed activities Presentations/visitors Reflection/Journaling Awards Service project Prayer Partners Feedback forms and Thank. Yous Closing prayer
PROGRAM VALUES Community Active Spirituality Social Justice Living Simply Personal Growth Vocation Discernment
ORIENTATION 4 -5 days at the end of July Great Paper Chase Presentation on each of the 6 Values A special focus on community expectations & understanding different personality types Budgeting- Understanding needs vs. wants Service Project Prayer Partners/Alumni Buddies/Community Support In- depth look at program policies and procedures Goal sheets Attend Mass and Commissioning Ceremony
FALL RETREAT 3 days in October: Thursday-Sunday Theme: Community and Active Spirituality Low-Ropes Course High-Ropes and Zip line Spiritual journaling/The Examen Meditation Community Reflections Preparation for Winter Fundraising push
WINTER RETREAT 3 days in January: Thursday. Sunday Theme: Social Doing Justice/Living Simply Justice Immigration Human Trafficking Respect Life Service visit/project Small Group Activities Privilege Walk St. Francis Activity
SPRING RETREAT 5 days in April Theme: Personal Growth/Vocation Discernment Meditation Silent Day Letter to God Prayer Room Masking Vocation story Resume building Interview know-hows Talent Show Service Project
CLOSING RETREAT 2 -3 days in June Theme: Personal Growth/Transitioning out Reflections- Where did we see God this year? What's next- How to transition into real world using values learned. Year-end awards and recognitions Presentations Volunteer Evaluations Re-Commissioning
SPEAKERS and TOPICS Non-profit leaders Mental Health Professionals Diocesan Ministers Service Site Partner Professionals Local Parish Professionals Alumni Funders Seminarians and Religious leaders ? Vocation and Discernment Understanding Personalities- Community living Leadership skills Team building Life Balance “Your Life Story” Life Transitions – taking what you learned into each new phase Resumes and Interviews Social Justice- Catholic Social Teaching Living the Gospel Journaling Conflict Resolution Silent Meditation Respect for Life Ways to Pray What is living a Christian life? ?
EVALUATIONS Quotes from volunteers… … “presentations and activities and most of all the bonding-because bonding is very important for community as we will be in other parts of Florida. ”-BM “The day of silence was unexpectedly enjoyable. It challenged me to get to know myself better and helped me to better understand my relationship with God. ”-RM “The Lord really spoke with me when we covered discernment. Sr. Kathleen was a breath of fresh air and I was affirmed that I am on the right track and she pointed me in the right direction for the year. ”-CS “I thought it was really helpful to start this experience together to know everyone. I thought Jesus Calling was really helpful and listening to a lot of the speakers. ”-JG “I wish that we could be doing something else during the paper chase while we waited for others to finish. ”-RK “I felt very busy- All of the activities were wonderful but I wish we had more time for a bit of rest and renewal as well as activities. ”-TP
HARMONIZING Invite other Volunteer groups to join you on retreat! Humility of Mary Volunteers Covenant House Any other programs interested?
DESTINATIONS Facilities with: Ropes Courses Quiet Areas Appealing grounds Food: Cooking VS Paying A good distance between sites
RESOURCES FTE USCCB Other Programs: Letter To God (La. Sallian Vols) Professional Advisors CVN Shared Visions Books based on values ? ? ?
CLOSING Retreats are just one of the tools we use in order to help in the growth of the volunteers this year: Monthly meetings Quarterly service projects Book club Prayer Partners Community Involvement Spiritual Direction Communication (phone, text, email) ? ? ?