We create the space and time that people need to step back, reflect, and experience their faith
In the Spirit of St. Francis, our Patron, CYFM creates retreat experiences designed to meet people where they are in their faith journey. Our retreats encourage them to take the next step toward a deeper relationship with God and living as a disciple of Christ.
CYFM offers a variety of retreat experience for young Catholics and their families. We minister to parishes and schools through our Pre-Confirmation, Confirmation, and 5th-12th Grade Class Retreats. In addition, we provide retreats from the Hudson Valley and beyond with our popular Summer Outreach Week, Capuchin Appalachian Mission and Catholic Literature & Arts Summer Program, a theater arts camp.
All of these retreats are planned and led by a dynamic team of Capuchin Franciscan Friars and Team who each bring their gifts to make the retreats unique and personal. Expect moving personal witness talks, large and small group discussions and activities, games, creative prayer services, and lively celebrations of the Eucharist. We create the space and time people need to step back, reflect, and experience their faith.
In the words of Christina, “This retreat was packed full of fun skits and many laughs. It also allowed us to reflect and think about who these Saints were and who we want to be. As each Saint’s story was told, I made a connection. These were just ordinary people like the average, say, fourteen-year-old girl. The remarkable thing about their lives was their incredible strength and overwhelming devotion to God. These Saints are now not just great people who lived a long time ago but are my role models and inspiration to walk more closely with God.”
To acquire a form for a CYFM youth retreat, please contact us at 845-424-3609
Catholic Literature & Arts Summer Program (CLASP)
Grow in artistry, personal identity, and faith in CYFM’s empowering CLASP program, a week-long Catholic theater arts program for children and teens designed to “make saints!” through drama, music, dance, prayer, adoration, and reconciliation. In addition to performing, participants may also choose to help backstage and with set design and construction. No previous theatre experience is necessary!
CLASP features a team of theatrical as well as theological pros, who share their Catholic faith through their talents. Our seasoned team of educators, choreographers, vocal coaches, acting coaches, religious, and priests cannot wait to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of actors, playwrights, directors, and artists. The program concludes with a performance of an original musical, written by Fr. Erik Lenhart, O.F.M. Cap.
Our program will help your child:
- Build confidence & creativity
- Share & develop your gifts & talents
- Deepen your Catholic Faith through community prayer
- Join in meals & sharing activities
- Meet new friends
CLASP is for teens, rising 9-12 graders, & adult volunteers
We also have a CLASP Jr. program for children ages 5 and up 9am-1pm, 8/2-8/5.
Housing, meals, and worship & socialization space at Mt Alvernia Retreat Center and Rehearsal-Performance Space is at St. Mary’s Church, 2 Convent Ave, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
For more than 30 years, Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries has offered dynamic, effective confirmation retreats participants enjoy and Faith Formation staffs believe in.
We offer two different retreat options: Why Be Confirmed and Discipleship. Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education choose the one that best compliments their program and responds to the needs of their confirmation.
WHY BE CONFIRMED (YBC) – A LEARNER-CENTERED RETREAT EXPERIENCE.
Each retreatant will examine his/her relationship with God and attitude toward Confirmation, talk about both, and through the use of the four characters introduced to evaluate and plan for growth.
Why Be Confirmed is organized around four characters who possess a range of attitudes toward Confirmation and our faith which we find in most of our retreatants. They are generalizations and are not intended to be used to identify, group, or label any particular individuals on the retreat. Rather, they are to help us reach out to each retreatant, remaining respectful of the experience he/she brings, and the potential he/she has to grow closer to God, regardless of the current status of his/her relationship with God.
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School Classes 5-8 Retreat
CYFM offers three different Elementary School Class day retreats to strengthen the faith of the participants. Each retreat includes s large group presentations, small group discussions, witnesses by Cap Corps Volunteers, and a concluding prayer service. These retreats encourage students to experience a more personal faith and to grow in a relationship with Jesus.
“Friends with Jesus” explores our common experience of friendship, what Jesus tells us about friendship, and how it relates to our friendship with Jesus.
“Where is Jesus Today” helps retreatants realize that Jesus is present in their lives today. Included in the retreat is a presentation on the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Reconciliation and how these relate to finding Jesus today.
“The Gospels are Good News” teaches how the Gospels are relevant in my life. It includes a presentation on Gospels, Parables, Images of Jesus and a witness on How I Met Jesus in the Gospels by Cap Corp Volunteer.
Discovering Yourself in the Image and Likeness of God
The purpose of this retreat is to offer support and encouragement to freshman students as they attempt to find their place in the world of high school and young adulthood. The retreat focuses first on the variety of masks that we wear, the reasons we wear them, and how they can hinder us from living in the image and likeness of God. Then our focus shifts to defining what self-esteem is and is not, identifying our God-given gifts and talents, and encouraging young people to see and love in themselves what God sees and loves in them; namely, in the image of Jesus, the Son.
Finally, the retreat frames the high school experience as a Paschal Mystery; retreatants are provided tools of faith to overcome obstacles and find hope and new life in God during the journey.
What Makes Me Catholic?
As sophomores begin to establish their identity, this retreat gives students the opportunity to discover what truly makes them Catholic. The morning session centers around the question, how do I find and relate to Christ in my life? The students are presented with several typical teenage characters that relate to God in various ways, and through small group discussions, activities, and witnesses, students begin to examine how they encounter Christ in their lives. The afternoon session focuses on beliefs, and how our relationship with Christ affects what we believe. We reflect on the importance of living the beliefs we claim to hold and touch on several key beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. There is also time for students to discuss several beliefs of the Catholic faith with the hope that they will learn to incorporate these in their lives.
Developing Christian Leadership
As juniors grow in their call to be leaders in their high school and the local community, students encounter the Five C’s of Christian Leadership. Commitment, Compassion, Community, Commission, and Christ Centeredness. Students will learn how these five elements impact their day-to-day lives, and how they can make them better leaders and better individuals.
Retreatants will receive training in concrete skills and discuss how Christian leadership relates to their everyday lives through presentations on group dynamics, self-esteem, priorities, and decision-making.
Where is God Leading Me?
During a time of change and transition, the senior retreat focuses on retreatants’ past, present, and future. We believe in order to know where you are headed, you must understand where you have come from with special attention to God’s hand in this journey. Thus, we give the participants a chance to reflect on the significant people and events that have shaped their lives.
We help retreatants recognize and appreciate who they are and what they hold most dear to them today and give them tools to boldly embrace their future. This retreat helps participant’s move beyond what has become familiar and comfortable in order to grow and be strengthened for the continued journey of a life with Christ after high school.
Our program includes parish retreats and missions and school retreats.
For information regarding any of our retreats, please contact us at 845-424-3609.
Women of the Water Retreat
“SHARING THE WATERS OF LIFE I TO YOU, YOU TO ME”
The Women of the water have made it their mission to help women grow spiritually and deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Their name is derived from the bible story of the woman at the well, where Jesus wanted to share living waters with her. The Women of the Water want to share the living waters that Jesus gives to the women who attend the retreats. This is accomplished by a retreat weekend run by the women of the water, focusing on women of the Bible that reflects her love for God and His mission. Each year they bring in the strength of women that surrounded Christ during His ministry and the Blessed Mother. This retreat is filled with meditations, teachings, witnesses, singing, and mass. They laugh, pray, cry, build relationships with each other, but most of all with Jesus Christ and the mission of His church.
There were many dedicated women who always made it their business to be in the kitchen for DDA retreats, at openings and closings, being on a team not to mention the hours spent with their parish youth groups. One of these women was Regina Toolan. Regina and Rita Andriello approached Father Bob Abbatiello and asked if they could use the retreat house once a month. This monthly prayer group quickly turned into a life-changing retreat weekend. February 2004, was the first retreat weekend. Each year their numbers grow, they have reached capacity each year. Since then the retreat has transformed women’s lives.
“We have been blessed by the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit each year as we plan a new theme and prepare to bring the love of the father to his daughters”
– RITA ANDRIELLO
What Can We Learn From The Early Followers Of Jesus?
In the Gospels and today, Jesus encounters people from every walk of life. He offers a path to peace, mercy, and transformation. As Jesus sought the apostles, He now seeks us. Join us for a Saturday retreat where we will seek to follow and hear the Lord, who seeks us
FUTURE RETREAT INFORMATION TO COME