Elements of the Academy
The Academy rhythm offers a pace for a week that is significantly different than most of our days and a model from which we might we might incorporate aspects into our daily, back-home schedule.
We invite you to embrace the rhythm that it might open your heart to receive from God's gracious love and peace.
We are plugged in and bombarded with sound almost from the time our eyes open until they close in sleep.
We will have an hour of silence after each presenter and the Great Silence from end of night prayer until morning prayer begins.
Silence, especially in the Arizona desert, may be the most surprising gift the Academy offers you.
At the Redemptorist Center you will see artwork with the verse from Hosea, “I will lead you into the wilderness where I will speak to your heart.” God is always speaking, but we must be quiet to hear.
Some of you may want to be involved with reading etc. in worship; some of you will choose this time to be participants instead of leaders. We will have worship leader participation sign up available the first day and welcome those who want to read or help with communion.
Many of the congregational songs you will probably know; some may be new kindling for your spiritual life.
Our worship leaders will contact participants before October asking if anyone would like to sing or bring an instrument to play.
In these groups we are able to express our thoughts and questions from the day, hear other's insights, and experience the movement of the Holy in our midst.
Covenant group facilitators will meet daily with our covenant group coordinator so all participants can have the richest experience possible.
We encourage staying on campus and staying away from technology so you can become fully immersed in retreat and renewal.