Colorado welcomes ACTS retreat

While not new to the rest of the country, the first “ACTS” retreats were held in the Diocese of Pueblo this summer at Immaculate Heart of Mary / Pope John Paul II Parish in Pagosa Springs. These retreats also mark the first of their kind in the state of Colorado. The men’s retreat was held August 10 to 13 and the women’s retreat August 17 to 20, both sponsored by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and missioned by Prince of Peace in Albuquerque, N.M. 

The activities of the ACTS Retreat are focused around four themes: adoration, community, theology and service, thus the acronym ACTS. ACTS Retreats are patterned after the Acts of the Apostles 2: 42-47. These verses from Acts describe what is achieved on a retreat weekend.
ACTS Retreats concentrate on parish life and community and are generally directed to those within a parish. Although ACTS Retreats are Catholic based, they are open to all faiths. The first men’s ACTS retreat was sponsored by Our Lady of Perpetual help in Selma, Texas, a small suburb of San Antonio, in July of 1987. A women’s retreat followed in October of that year. Later, ACTS Missions were founded in 1997 with the mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ among Catholic communities by promoting, consulting, facilitating and supporting ACTS retreats. ACTS Missions have helped to spread ACTS significantly. The retreat is now conducted in 22 states in the United States, eight states in Mexico, as well as in Canada, Honduras, South Africa and England. Interest is growing around the world.

One attendee said of the conference, “The retreat, for me, was the beginning of a powerful connection with the Holy Spirit.  My soul is filled with love and joy and my desire to serve was strengthened. The ACTS retreat was an absolute blessing.”

People have credited ACTS with saving their lives and marriages. In some instances, participants are led to seminary, and later to be ordained as priests or deacons, by opening their eyes and hearts to God’s word. Pastors have praised its positive effects on their parishes that lead to a highly invigorated parish life. Bishops and other church leaders have called it the most important movement in the Catholic Church today. Since its inception, over 400,000 men and women have been through an ACTS retreat. Today on any weekend there are 25 ACTS retreats taking place somewhere in the world.

It was said of those attending, “The glow that the participants came away with is awesome and the world’s problems somehow managed to disappear during the retreat.”

Immaculate Heart of Mary/Pope John Paul II Parish in Pagosa Springs plans to have another men’s and women’s retreat next year. Dates and times will follow when available.