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Emmaus Days

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Emmaus Days is a vocations awareness program sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria. By providing a spiritual, fun environment for young men, we help make them more aware of God’s presence in their lives and get them excited about living their faith.

At the heart of this discovery process lies prayer. Emmaus Days is full of opportunities to pray and learn, from Confession and Eucharistic Adoration to a variety of devotions like the rosary and brown scapular.

Participants are also given the chance to interact with priests, seminarians and others their own age, both in serious spiritual matters and lighthearted activities. From prayer and sacraments to basketball and swimming, Emmaus Days helps young men achieve a more spiritual approach to everyday life. Priests and seminarians will reveal their own experiences regarding vocation and spiritual life. Leaders will share stories about St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the Patron of Emmaus Days, and St. Therese of Lisieux, the Patroness of our vocation program. Bishop Jenky visits at the end of every session to share a meal, a discussion, a photo opportunity and a Pontifical Mass with the participants. Your parents, family and friends are also invited to join us for the closing liturgy.

If this mixture of spiritual activities and summer fun appeals to you, consider participating in the Emmaus Days program. We promise that, after this summer of fun and faith, you will walk away with the confidence to pray each and every day the Emmaus Days prayer: “Lord, help me to want to be what you want me to be!”

Session 1
June 9-12, 2017
College Age & Young Adult
Nazareth House, Henry, IL

Session 2
June 16-19, 2017
High School Juniors & Seniors
Nazareth House, Henry, IL

Sessions 1 and 2 are held at Nazareth House in Henry, Illinois. Participants deepen their faith and focus on discerning God's will through prayer and the sacraments. By listening to and spending time with priests and seminarians, participants get a glimpse into their lives. Session 1 is for those who are in college, as well as single men in their 20s and 30s who are discerning their vocation.

Emmaus Days: Sessions 1 & 2

Session 3
July 9-12, 2017
High School Freshmen & Sophomores
St. Bede Abbey, Peru, IL


Session 4
July 12-14, 2017
Seventh & Eighth Graders
St. Bede Abbey, Peru, IL

Sessions 3 and 4 are held at St. Bede Abbey in Peru, Illinois. Led by seminarians, participants hear God’s call to become real Christian men. The experience includes prayer, talks and activities like basketball, swimming, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and card games.


Emmaus Days: Sessions 3 & 4

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