Catholic Youth Retreats
CYFM offers a great variety of retreat experiences for young Catholics and their families. For parishes and schools, we offer Pre-Confirmation, Confirmation, and 5th -12th Grade Class Retreats. In addition, we invite youth from all over the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas to come together for our popular 7th and 8th Grade Overnights, Day By Day Agape Crusillo-style weekends, Leadership Training, local and out-of-town, week-long Outreach Retreats, as well as other overnight and weekend retreats throughout the year.
In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, who inspires us to enthusiastically live out our Catholic faith, CYFM creates retreat experiences designed to meet the youth wherever they are in their journeys of faith. CYFM’s retreats encourage them to take the next step toward a deeper relationship with God and a greater commitment to a life of discipleship. Our retreats are planned and led by a dynamic team of Capuchin Franciscan Friars, Lay Youth Ministers, and Cap Corps Volunteers who use their combined skills, experience, and energy to make the retreats unique and personal. Each retreat is filled with personal witness talks, dynamic presentations, relevant large and small group discussions, engaging activities, creative prayer services, and lively celebrations of the Eucharist. We maintain a high leader-to-retreatant ratio, making it possible for us to help our youth to step out of their busy daily routines in order to spend some time examining their lives and developing their relationships with God.
In the words of Christina, who attended our Saints For Youth Retreat, “This retreat was packed full of fun skits and many laughs. It also gave us the chance to reflect and think about whom 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 a bunch of really great people who lived a long time ago, but they are my role models and inspiration to walk more closely with God.”
To acquire a form for a CYFM youth retreat, click here.