Project Description

Annual Koinonia Retreat

July 12 – 14, 2019

St. Philip Catholic Church

Koinonia Retreat weekends are completely run by members of the St. Philip community. Offered every summer, this 3 day weekend for adults invites you to discover your “why” and discover hope and a relief from the daily stresses of life. Take stock of what’s working and what’s not working in your life today, discover hope in God’s love, and get ready to begin living in joy!

If you are just beginning to explore your faith or are wondering how faith can fit into your daily life – this weekend is for you!

Register Online
Paper Application


WHEN: Friday, July 12, 2019 beginning with supper at 5:00 p.m. and ending Sunday, July 14, 2019 in the afternoon.

WHERE: St. Philip Catholic Church in the Gathering Area

WHO: Adult members of St. Philip Catholic Church, age 18 years or older. Limited to 30 participants.

COST: The cost is $35 per person to assist with the cost of the 6 meals. Scholarships are available. We will only be accepting 30 participates due to space. You can register electronically above or through a paper application located in the parish office and by the entrances of the Main Church.

CONFIRMATION: After reviewing the applications, an e-mail is sent to the applicant by the Lay Director.


Dennis Chen, Ministry Lead:
or the St. Philip Parish Office: (615) 794-8588

How it Works

A Koinonia retreat is led by a Lay Director and is presented by a team of lay people who have participated in a Koinonia retreat along with a priest, deacon and/or a lay person prepared in ministry and spiritual life formation who serve as Spiritual Directors. Each have gone through some weeks of preparation and formation for this particular retreat. The retreat lasts from 5:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday afternoon. Participants return to their own homes each night. The retreat focuses on the Paschal Mystery – the passion, death and resurrection – of Jesus and its meaning in each person’s life. The weekend allows each person to hear Christ’s call and to experience a spiritual shifting or renewal or change in his/her life.

It also offers the challenge and support to live each day according to God’s will. The weekend consists of talks, discussions, liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations and experiences of hope. No cameras please.

Dress is casual. After the retreat, participants are encouraged to become part of a small Christian community and opportunities for further community experiences with those who have made Koinonia retreats are provided. Although each weekend follows the same structure, each retreat is different because of the personalities and experiences of those present.

Who can attend Koinonia retreats? All St. Philip adults 18 and older…… Men and Women – young, old (and in-between): Single, Married, Divorced, Widowed, Clergy, Religious are all invited. Koinonia strives to unify the parish community.