During August 1-27, 2022, four rounds of retreats for children and youth were conducted at the friary in Niepokalanów-Lasek, Poland. The friary belongs to the Province of the Immaculate Mother of God in Poland (Warsaw).
The theme of the retreats was “We Are the Church.” During their days spent together, the children and youth reflected on the Word of God and shared their experience of belonging to the Church. The focal point of each day was the Mass with a homily directed to the children and youth. Eucharistic Adoration and other liturgical functions were important events for the participants to deepen their love for the Lord Jesus, Our Lady and the patron saints who accompanied them on this retreat. During group meetings, the participants talked about getting involved in the Church community and in their parishes. The retreat was a time of strengthening mutual relationships and making new friends.
A number of guests visited Niepokalanów-Lasek during the retreat, including the Most Reverend Grzegorz SUCHODOLSKI, President of the Polish Bishops’ Council for Youth Ministry; writer Małgorzata NAWROCKA; and the Franciscan Sisters of the Militia of the Immaculate, editors of the magazine “Little Knight of the Immaculata.”
At the end of the retreat, those who so desired were able to join the Militia of the Immaculata.
Sister Teresa Maria GRABOŃ, SFMI