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Emmaus Ministry Retreats for Grieving Parents

Serving the Spiritual Needs of Parents Whose Children of Any Age Have Died by Any Cause —  No Matter How Long Ago

Of all the pains that life can hand us, arguably one of the most searing is the death of a child. As Jesus joined his distraught disciples on the road to Emmaus after his crucifixion, we ask him to join each of us in this ministry as we continue on our difficult journeys from grief to the healing peace that we, like Jesus’ disciples, can find in the Eucharistic community.

To meet the spiritual needs of Catholic parents whose children of any age have died by any cause—no matter how long ago—the Family Life Office offers The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents. A unique, faith-based program providing spiritual retreats for grieving parents offered by grieving parents, the Emmaus Ministry offers a safe place where one can find peace, comfort, and hope, at least for a time.

For those of you who would like to attend through a Zoom online platform, we have five-hour LIVE Emmaus retreats scheduled for 2022. Very similar to the original, in-person retreats, these retreats that you “attend” safe from home will include prayer services, a reflection from a spiritual leader, parent testimony and conversation with other parents. As always, the emphasis will be on the spirituality of the grieving process for parents. Press here for information on those retreats in 2022.

Additionally, parents can see Emmaus one-hour midweek recorded reflections, sign up for weekly email remote retreats, and more. Press here for more information.

For information, contact Sue DiSisto, Parenting and Family Life Education Specialist, at or (646) 794-3191.

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