Area men gather for ACTS retreat experience at Cathedral Camp

EAST FREETOWN, Mass. — Twenty men from St. Joseph and St. Mary parishes in Fairhaven recently lived an ACTS retreat at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown.

 Originally from San Antonio, Texas, the ACTS retreat is a joint creation of laity and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Oblates were instrumental in bringing the retreat to parishes they serve in the Archdiocese of Boston. 

The first ACTS retreats in the Fall River Diocese were sponsored by Father George Harrison at Corpus Christi in East Sandwich. Given their Texas connections with the Diocese of Brownsville, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts religious serving in Fairhaven have held three ACTS retreats (two for men; one for women with another women’s retreat scheduled for March 2017).

For many parishes in South Texas and in Boston, ACTS has been an instrument of deep Spiritual renewal for the men and women who participate. For many, it is a life-changing experience that draws them deeper into their life in Christ and forms new faith-based relationships. 

Inevitably, ACTS becomes an instrument of evangelization as retreat alumni become recruiters for the retreat and reach deeper and deeper into their circles of family and friends wanting to share this Spiritual experience with them. Of its nature, ACTS sends alumni back to their parishes with a desire to participate in parish life by volunteering for a host of ministries. Not surprisingly, ACTS has also inspired vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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