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We create the space and time that youth need to step back, reflect, and experience their faith

In the Spirit of St. Francis, our Patron, CYFM creates retreat experiences designed to meet youth 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 to youth from the Hudson Valley and beyond with our popular 7th and 8th Grade Overnights, Day by Day Agape (Crusillo-style) weekends, Leadership Training, week- long Outreach Programs, and several other vibrant retreat weekends throughout the year.

All of these retreats are planned and led by a dynamic team of Capuchin Franciscan Friars and Cap Corps Volunteers who bring their individual gifts to make the retreats unique and personal. On one of our retreats you should expect to see personal witness talks, both large and small group discussions and activities, games, creative prayer services, and lively celebrations of the Eucharist. We create the space and time that youth need to step back, reflect, and experience their faith.

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.”


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DDA Retreats

The Day by Day Agape (DDA) retreat is a three-day encounter retreat for teens, ages 14-18 helping them develop or deepen a relationship with Jesus. Participants experience God’s love through the Gospel community formed, faith sharing activities, and talks by peers and adults. DDA enlivens the faith of teens by living and experiencing it with other faith –filled teens. They are single-gendered retreat. Adult Participant Observers are also welcome. DDA has more than 45 years of experience helping teens to encounter Christ in a new way.

Family & Friends Service Retreat

November 2-4, 2018

Service is at the heart of our Catholic faith. Family is at the heart of our Catholic faith. Here is an opportunity to:

1) Engage in fulfilling service
2) Grow closer to God and deepen your faith,
3) Build bonds and memories as a family.

The Family and Friends Service Retreat provides an opportunity for hands-on service to the poor and marginalized, as families and as a community. This interactive and relational service retreat is a gift to individuals and families who participate. The retreat includes hands on service, prayer, reflection and services, Mass, fun team building activities, and fantastic meals. Individual price (youth or adults) $125; Family price (two or more, parent/child) $90 per person; deposit of $60 (checks made to CYFM) & original application must be received by October 16, 2018.

CYFM Ambassador Program

Young people are more dedicated to success than ever. It is important for us to give our teen leaders an opportunity for professional experience while serving their parishes and the CYFM community.

Our CYFM Ambassador program is designed to benefit teens spiritually and professionally through an opportunity to be the voice of our teen community. Ambassadors meet bi-monthly to discuss topics pertaining to our ministry and our faith. Beyond participating in their parishes, ambassadors are expected to actively recruit for CYFM retreats.

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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 confirmandi.

Why Be Confirmed (YBC) - a learner-centered retreat experience.

Our goal:

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 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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Grade School Retreats: School Classes 5 – 8

C.Y.F.M. 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.

For information regarding scheduling an elementary school class retreat, please call or e-mail

Grade School Retreats: School Classes 9 – 12

Freshman Retreat: 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.

Sophomore Retreat: 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 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.

Junior Retreat: Developing Christian Leadership

As juniors grow in their call to be leaders in their high school and 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 by presentations on group dynamics, self-esteem, priorities, and decision-making.

Senior Retreat: 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 participants 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.

For information regarding Grade School Retreats: School Classes 9 – 12, please contact us at

Women’s Retreat: Women of the Water

“Sharing the Waters of Life I to you, you to me”


The mission

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 whom 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.

The History

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 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.

For information regarding Women’s Retreat: Women of the Water, please contact us at

“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”


Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries 7th & 8th Grade Retreat

“BRING IT ON: The Lowdown on Prayer”
Saturday – Sunday, October 20 – 21, 2018


Maintaining and strengthening relationships is important, and COMMUNICATION is key! Communicating today is easy, through texting, social media and old fashioned face-to-face conversations. Maintaining and strengthening our relationship with GOD affects all other relationships, and prayer is its key element. Retreat concludes with the highest prayer: the Mass, to which families are invited to attend Sunday at 3 pm. Cost: $80.00/pp includes lodging, dinner, breakfast, lunch, and materials.


Click below for an application and send it with your $40.00 deposit to CYFM by October 16, 2018.