offers an experience for young people preparing for the Sacrament
of Confirmation. The retreat is a peer-ministry-led experience for
young people that focuses on giftedness, community building,
justice awareness, and their deeper involvement in Church life. Jericho’s confirmation preparation program can be experienced
as a one-day or two-day program.
Confirmation Retreats brochure (4.6 MB PDF)
The Torch Social
Justice Day provides the participants with an opportunity to have
contact with the marginalized. Following their immersion, participants
enter an integration process that helps them to own their
experience. The Social Justice Day also provides participants
with an opportunity for personal growth and communal enrichment.
conferences are designed for young people and adults and weave together
leadership, social justice, and spirituality. Torch is a leadership
experience that affirms the inherent leadership of the participants
and encourages and nurtures them thorough a peer ministry model
of large and small group interaction.
Download Torch Leadership Conferences brochure
(700 KB PDF)
Retreats at Jericho House
Adult retreats at
Jericho House are usually developed in conjunction with a parish, school, or staff committee to ensure
that the experience meets the needs of a particular adult community.
Adults from the local community are called upon to provide
leadership for the small groups.
adult retreats at Jericho House are facilitated by
Empringham of the
Courage & Renewal. The Circles of Trust® model,
which is based on the work of
Palmer, offers safe space to reflect on one’s personal and
professional life. This nurtures capacity for trustworthy
relationships and expands ability to listen and be present. It
offers the courage to live and lead authentically. See
Events for her day-long and 3-day
. . . . . Gifted in Community for Service
Centered Outdoor Education Program) is a three-day experience calling
forth the inherent leadership of young people, nurturing their spirituality,
and preparing them for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Its theme,
"Gifted in Community for Service," emphasizes the dignity and giftedness
of young people and invites them to join with others in their school,
home, and parish to share in this giftedness.
Through a process
of indoor and outdoor activities, students come to grow in acceptance
and awareness of their personal giftedness as well as become
aware of, and supportive of, the gifts of others. Whether it is
while walking to the Falls, hiking along the Bruce Trail, playing
a game, or journaling in the Rainbow Room, each young person has
several opportunities to reflect on how community
justice awareness are closely related to Confirmation.
A SCOEP Reflection
by Tiffany, a Grade 8
I'm not the same person, I'm not who I used to be.
I feel so different , I feel so free.
I see through different eyes, I hear through different ears.
I'm not afraid anymore, I have no fears.
I can think much clearer, I can understand so much more.
I've learned so much, and still have more to explore.
I have no worries, I have no stress.
I don't care what other people think, I have no need to impress.
I'm no longer selfish, I'm no longer greedy.
I'd give the food on my plate to the less fortunate.
I'd give the clothes on my back to the needy.
I'm proud of who I am, and who I will be.
No one can change that, because I am me.
My life is now so full of love, peace, and hope.
All because of my experience at SCOEP.
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