The Bishop strongly urges everyone preparing for Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation of their baptismal vows this year to attend a Confirmation Retreat.
Youth candidates will attend an overnight retreat from 7 PM Friday to 12:15 PM Saturday. They will enjoy time with their peers and the Bishop. They’ll also explore the ways in which their membership in the Anglican Communion makes them part of a church that is much bigger than their own congregations and learn about ministry opportunities for young people in this diocese!
Adult candidates will have their own 90-minute session with the Bishop from 12:30 - 2 PM Saturday. They will have lunch together and meet with the Bishop as a group to discuss their respective faith journeys and explore what it means to be an Episcopalian.
Chaperones: We ask congregations to send chaperones in a ratio of 1 adult for every 5-7 youth. This facilitates the youths’ participation as it ensures that they can have timely discussions about the ways in which their diocesan confirmation experience relates to their congregational and individual journeys. All chaperones must have completed the FREE Safeguarding God’s Children training within the last 5 years.
Scholarships: The general diocesan scholarship policy is 1/3 from the participant, 1/3 from the congregation and 1/3 from the diocese.
Congregations are assigned to retreats based on the dates on which they are being confirmed. If your assigned date is inconvenient you may attend on a different date.
Note: We cannot accept walk-ins or registrations for a Confirmation Retreat after its General registration deadline.