That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. –Luke 24:13-15
The Emmaus Retreat took place again in St. Peter’s Diocese. 30 Chaldean youth, led by Deacons and soon-to-be priests, Simon Esshaki and David Stephen, as well as other leaders, drove from St. Peter’s to St. George Monastery in Riverside on Thursday, December 18.
It was a weekend full of talks and various activities based on the story of Jesus walking on the road to Emmaus with the two disciples on the day of his Resurrection. When everyone arrived, it was a group of people who did not know each other very well at all; by the end, all of them were like a family, who decided to make changes in their lives that would bring them closer to God.
During the retreat, everyone had the opportunity to go to confession, as Fr. Andy Younan attended for some time to do confession and Sunday mass. On Sundayevening, the retreatants returned home with the leaders after a very fulfilling weekend.
The next Emmaus Retreat will be held in June, 2015.