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Catechist Retreat at Aquinas College

Friday, February 9 @ 5:30 pmSaturday, February 10 @ 5:30 pm

Becoming a contemplative catechist…

Event: Catechist Retreat at Aquinas College
Date: February 9-10, 2018
Place: Aquinas College, Siena Hall

“Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while” (Mk.6:31). Our Lord understood the need for all of us to step away from the demands of ministry at times so as to allow our spirit to be renewed by His Holy Spirit. We invite you to ‘come away’ for a brief time and enjoy much needed silence, fellowship, and personal time with the Lord.


Our retreat will be held at Aquinas College’s Siena Hall. Though just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, surrounded by 83 acres of sprawling natural beauty, retreatants will enjoy the experience of ‘being far away’.

  • Siena Hall is a spacious, new facility which opened in 2016. The Hall is dedicated in honor of St. Catherine of Siena, a fourteenth century Dominican and Doctor of the Church.
  • Bedrooms are single occupancy with a shared, conjoining bath. Each room is equipped with a desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe.
  • Siena Hall contains an Oratory for private prayer. The Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel is a brief walk from Siena Hall. 
  • Common areas and classrooms provide spaces for study, discussion, and presentations
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • In-room temperature controlled AC/heat
  • Free parking
  • Within walking distance to various restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses



5:30-6:30 PM: Arrival
7:00 PM: Introductions
7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion: The Spirituality of the Catechist

The call to the ministry of catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit. Catechists need to be practicing Catholics who participate fully in the communal worship and life of the Church and who have been prepared for their apostolate by appropriate catechetical teaching. (National Directory for Catechesis, no. 54)

8:30 PM: Compline
8:45 – 10:30 PM: Social
11:00 PM: “Grand Silence”


Free rise Silence observed all places
7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast buffet
8:30 AM: Lauds
9:00-10:00 AM: Presentation and Discussion : « Contemplare et contemplate allis tradere.»

Dominicans aren’t the only ones called to ‘contemplate and to give to others the fruit of their contemplation’—everyone who says ‘yes’ to the vocation of teaching the Faith must become a ‘contemplative catechist’. The transformation begins with the simple desire to be one.

10:00-10:30 AM: Coffee / Tea / Cookies
10:30-11:30 AM: Presentation and Discussion: Teaching Towards Encounter

Catechesi Tradendae reminds us that ‘at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth’ (no. 5). How can our own relationship with Christ inspire our catechetical sessions to lead others to an authentic encounter with Jesus?

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Leisure
12:30-1:30 PM: Noon Meal
1:30-2:30 PM: Sharing the Word
2:30-4:00 PM: Adoration/ Confessions/ Leisure
4:30-5:30 PM: Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
5:30 PM: Conclusion / Send off

Registration for this event is closed.


Friday, February 9 @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 10 @ 5:30 pm
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Siena Hall
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205 United States
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