Short Version

For the first 5 years (2000-2005) Earthen Vessels Retreats© focused on retreats for priests. For the next 5 years (2006-2010) Earthen Vessels focused on retreats for married couples, especially for married couples who minister to other married couples. Beginning in 2010 Earthen Vessels brought together ordination and marriage, for retreats for diaconate couples. Our Earthen Vessels Team believes that we presents the only retreat experience in America which brings marriage and ordination together in one retreat experience. Beginning in 2015 Earthen Vessels developed a Parish Retreat Program, to guide parish communities into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Longer Version

Earthen Vessels began in the Jubilee Year 2000 when Br. Cyril Drnjevic, OSB was deeply moved by the healing and renewal of hurting marriages, during a weekend retreat presented by Retrouvaille, a ministry for troubled marriages which grew out of Marriage Encounter. Br. Cyril was inspired to do something equally intense, moving, and healing for people who serve in ministry. He worked with 2 priests who are committed to Retrouvaille, Fr. Luke Buckles, OP (a theology professor who now teaches in Rome) and Fr. Bob Jones, SVD (who was then the priest leader of International Retrouvaille). Fr. Ray Dlugos, OSA (who has a Ph.D in Psychology) also joined the Earthen Vessels team and wrote the outline for the Earthen Vessels Retreats program, based on his broad experience in the ministry of healing, for religious and for diocesan priests. Thus began the Earthen Vessels Retreats© program. The emphasis in an Earthen Vessels experience is on living the Paschal Mystery in our ministry. The mission statement of Earthen Vessels Retreats© is:

Renewing the presence of Jesus in life and ministry.