What is the Diaconate Community Retreat Program?

An Earthen Vessels Retreat for a Diaconate Community is an intimate experience between Jesus and each diaconate couple or single deacon who are members of the diaconate community.

Also, Earthen Vessels Retreats© provides a unique retreat program for a diaconate community because the experience joins marriage and ordination in one retreat. No other retreat program in America offers this.

The conclusion that no other retreat program across the continent brings together marriage and ordination in one retreat is based on a number of evaluations of our program as compared with other retreat programs for diaconate communities.

This includes:

1)  Numerous communications with diaconate program leaders across the U.S.
Since 2010 members of our Earthen Vessels Retreats© Team have communicated with a number of people who know well what is available by way of retreat programs for diaconate communities. Each of these people has assured the our Team that our program is indeed unique. No other retreat program for a diaconate community joins the sacraments of marriage and ordination in one retreat.

2)  Attendance at NADD Conventions
Since 2011 members of the Earthen Vessels Retreats© Team have actively attended National Conventions of NADD (National Association of Diaconate Directors). These conventions bring together those who are the most knowledgeable about the depth and breadth of diaconate programs across America and Canada. At each of these conventions we have set up a display table to promote our program. No one with whom we have spoken is aware of any other retreat program that offers a retreat for a diaconate community which involves both marriage and ordination in one retreat.

This unique character of the Earthen Vessels Diaconate Community Retreat Program can serve your diaconate community very well, as it has for dioceses across the continent.