Journeying With Christ

The Emmaus Retreat Takes Place At St. George Monastery

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

I thought the retreat was amazing, the leaders did a great job setting it up. I learned that I need to reexamine my life while walking through this journey with Christ. I also got the chance to get to know so many great people.
-Vanessa Baka

Emmaus | June 2016I learned that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. God is always with us, but it’s not something that we remember often. This retreat allowed me to realize that life will get tough, but it’s nothing compared to what Jesus went through on that cross. Every battle we face is okay, God is with us. We need to face our wounds, just like Jesus did. If we do so, everything will turn out okay!

-Marlene Naoom

The Emmaus Retreat was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. Emmaus has not only taught me much more about my faith, it has humbled me in a way I thought was something that could never happen. My relationship with God is better than ever and it is only getting stronger. I not only gained more knowledge on my faith and a stronger relationship with God, but I also gained a new family that I will cherish forever. The retreat is a great blessing and I am beyond thankful for those who put it together. My decision going on Emmaus was one I will forever be thankful for. God Bless.
-Christian Bahoura

Emmaus | June 2016Often times, we find ourselves knowing a great deal about God, but fail to know God on a personal level. Disregarding all the distractions of the real world and focusing heavily on prayer and analysis of the bible, the Emmaus retreat enriched us on certain aspects of the Chaldean Catholic faith that were unrecognized prior to this journey. An illuminating experience from this retreat was that all of us on this journey are more alike than we are different, meaning we all have our flaws and do not necessarily have life figured out, but there is good in each and every single one of us. Since we are all made in the image and likeness of God, it is imperative to live up to this image through our works and actions. Although we know about Jesus Christ dying on the cross in order to liberate humanity from sin and restore communion with the Father, the Emmaus retreat reinforced the idea that owe it to Christ to live up to His image.

-Brandon Hanna

IMG_5169There are no words that could describe my experience on the road to Emmaus. I felt as if I had truly encountered Jesus and was reminded of His splendid love. The Emmaus retreat was the most humbling experience I’ve ever had. Returning back to Jerusalem, I feel armored by Christ and ready for spiritual battle. With all emotions shared during the retreat, I developed an amazing bond with the retreatants and leaders. I’m beyond grateful for the Emmaus retreat and the hardworking people who put it all together. Thank you!

-Giuseppe Georgees

Be Humble, Pray more, go to church every Sunday, be more kind to people, and lastly work hard but don’t make money the biggest priority in life. It was a great experience overall. Thank You.
-Patrick Kachi

The retreat taught me more than I ever anticipated. The life lessons and teachings of God that we were provided with will always stay with me. It was a different and unique experience in the way we learned about God and our faith. It’s one thing to read a book or to take things for granted from childhood learning, but actually understanding made the difference. Those who put together this wonderful retreat deserve acknowledgement for their efforts. Thank you!

-Joseph Attiq