SANTIAGO RETREAT CENTER YEAR END MINISTRY UPDATE

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As we walk together during this Christmas Season, we do so, mindful that the Holy Family walked a particular camino together, where they found no welcome, no room at the Inn, no acceptance - and yet were in complete communio with God and with each other as they welcomed the baby Jesus in to the world.  A world, very much in need of a savior.

As we wish you Merry  Christmas from Santiago Retreat Center, we do so with much gratitude and appreciation for your friendship and your ongoing support.

We also acknowledge with much gratitude, the leadership of our recently deceased friend and Vice President of Philanthropy, Hank Evers.  It was Hank who conceived of the
Siempre Adelante Philanthropic Endeavor, and as we present this year end edition of the Update, we dedicate it to his memory, and ask for ongoing prayers for Hank and his wife Lori, as she continues to navigate this period of mourning. Our faith assures us of a heavenly home, but our earthly presence makes the separation bittersweet.

As you review the information contained in this Update, please allow us to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year.  Be assured, your intentions are carried to the altar in our daily mass.

Buen Camino!

For many, Santiago Retreat Center is a starting point on their Camino, or walk with the Lord. Like the road to Emmaus, retreatants find their eyes opened and recognize, some for the first time, that Jesus is truly with them. For most, it is a metanoia experience - deep interior conversion toward Christ. 

We are a 501c(3) corporation that exists to serve the Catholic communities of southern California by providing facilities for retreats, marriage encounters, summer and science camps, and special events in a safe and secure and stunningly beautiful 500 acre setting.

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2021 SANTIAGO RETREAT CENTER MINISTRY UPDATE

 

In a time when much of parish based ministry has been radically reduced and restructured, the active life of the apostolate at Santiago Retreat Center has grown. With the leadership of our Chaplain, Fr. Glenn Baaten, our communal life of prayer grew through the sacramental life of the Church, our Missionary Community grew to include young adults from Michigan, Nebraska and California who made 18 month commitments to live the life of prayer and service in living the mission. With their help our ongoing regular programs were able to provide monthly:

 

        • Quo Vadis formation weekends for boys

        • Fiat enrichment weekends for girls

        • Catholic Family Campouts for the whole family

 

With the help of the Knights of Columbus, during Lent were able to fill the gap in parish based weekly fish fries - on Good Friday we were once again able to walk our Stations of the Cross in real time, and our summer season provided five weeks of summer Camps:     

        • Vacation Bible Camp

        • Camp el Camino Middle School Camp

        • Blossom, the Catholic Camp for Girls

        • Quo Vadis, the Catholic Camp for Boys

        • Catholic Family Camp

 

Along the way we hosted monthly periods of 24 Hours with the Lord Eucharistic Adoration, and thanks to our new Parish Partnership Program were able to offer parishes a way to continue, school retreats, family retreats, young adult retreats and retreats for parish based spiritual movements.  The Shroud Center of Southern California was able to present the scientific study of the Shroud of Turin to thousands of pilgrims. Our digital media ministry team was able to serve Catholic Charities, the La Habra Life Center, and parishes in need of digital communication expertise, and our Catholics at Work OC Santiago Business Club worked with our friends from:    

        • Catholic Medical Association OC    

        • Legatus Orange County Chapter    

        • St. Thomas More Society Orange County Chapter    

        • First Friday Friars    

        • Young Catholic Professionals OCF

to continue to evangelize the marketplace and encourage Catholics to more closely integrate our lives of work and faith - more necessary now, than ever.

 

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ALL of this took place under the patronage of St. Joseph, whose Holy Year we observed and acknowledged with a special consecration which took place on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker when we inaugurated the new, hand carved hiking trail - the Footpath of the Patriarchs - which leads to the hilltop Shrine of St. Joseph which sits at 1500 foot elevation.  It is a spectacular vista from that spot and will soon boast a majestic 6’ statue of St. Joseph holding the Christ Child.

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So, even during this Covid impacted year - thanks to the Lord’s blessing, your ongoing support and the work of our team - ministry to God’s people not only continues, it THRIVES!

 

As we look forward (siempre adelante) to the new year, we do so appreciating your ongoing support:

        • For Our Lady of Fatima Scholarship Fund

        • For our Blessed Frassati Missionary Community Fund

        • For our Saint James Building Fund

 

Thank you in advance for walking this pilgrimage of 

Encuentro, Communio, and Camino - Together.

Siempre Adelante!

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PILGRIM'S CIRCLE - 2022 INITIATIVES!

 

As we move forward, we ask you to join us on our stewardship journey. It will be a timeless pilgrimage, but one with critical benchmarks. We named this philanthropic endeavour “PILGRIM’S CIRCLE” with the hope that you will take an active role by visiting us and learning how your donation will make a major impact on souls we help direct closer to Jesus.  Please visit us soon and pray for our work.

 

 Here’s 3 ways to get involved: 

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YES,  I WILL CONSIDER PRAYING & SUPPORTING

THE MISSIONARY COMMUNITY FUND:

We believe the future of the Catholic Church will be young men and women who discern their spiritual vocation. Join us as we train, catechise and inspire the next generation with our Missionary Discipleship, Missionary Pilgrim and Summer Missions programs.

YES,  I WILL CONSIDER PRAYING & SUPPORTING

THE CAMP/RETREAT SCHOLARSHIP FUND:

At Santiago Retreat Center we allow everyone to  attend as they only pay according to their means.  We never turn away anyone away for lack of ability  to pay. Join with us to impact Orange County with experiences for kids and families to have authentic encouters with Jesus.

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THE ST. JAMES CHAPEL BUILDING FUND:

Join with us in 2022 as we begin development on renovation of the historic St. James chapel which  was relocated from the Diocese of Orange’s Marywood

campus. Over 10,000 individuals have made significant spiritual life decisions in this building over the last 50 years - let’s keep that legacy alive!

The mission of Santiago Retreat Center has been expanded to  meet the needs of the individual family, the domestic Church.  We achieve this through providing full-service programing that  addresses the needs of our schools, parishes, & the individual family: 

    • Youth boys formation weekends 

    • Youth girls enrichment weekends 

    • Catholic family campouts 

    • Confirmation formation programs 

    • School facilitated retreats 

    • Youth summer camp programs 

    • Missionary Discipleship program 

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