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The Challenge of the Gospel

May 5-6, 2017

Registration closed

This retreat is now full and closed to further registration.

We welcome your presence at our all-ages Taizé session led by the Taizé brothers on Friday, May 5 at 8:00 pm in Mercy Chapel.


A Weekend of Prayer and Reflection
with the Brothers of Taizé for
Young people ages 16-35

Begins Friday at 6:00 pm with dinner.
Concludes Saturday at 9:00 pm
after dinner and evening prayer.

Through communal prayer and sharing, participants can discover their own answers to the question: 


How does the gospel challenge me to move forward as a person of hope? 

  •  Nominal fee of $20 per person for the whole event, including overnight lodging and meals.
  •  Additional donations will help others to attend; your generosity is appreciated.
  •  Youth groups must be accompanied on the retreat by an adult chaperone.



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Brother John, originally from Philadelphia, has been a member of the Taizé Community in France since 1974.  He was among the first brothers from the Ecumenical Community of Taizé who came to Mercy Center in 1983 to lead young adults in a weekend retreat, the Pilgrimage of Trust.  Brother John has been active for many years welcoming young adults to Taizé, giving bible reflections, speaking with individuals and groups, traveling to young adult meetings all over the world, and writing books on biblical and spiritual topics.

Brother Émile comes from northern Ontario, Canada, and joined the Community in 1976. He also welcomes young people in Taizé, meets with visiting individuals and groups, and has recently authored Faithful to the Future: Listening to Yves Congar. For many years, Br. Emile was the Taizé Community contact for visitors from So. Africa. Through the Community's solidarity fund, many young South Africans from Soweto and Orange Farm where Sr. Jean ministered, were able to come to Taizé. They participated in the inter-continental youth meetings held during summer.

Jean Evans, RSM, D.Th. (Retreat Coordinator) facilitates retreats and Taizé Prayer at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California.  She ministered with apartheid victims in South Africa, 1984-2012.  Jean trained for retreat direction at Loyola House, Guelph, Canada. Currently, she is a Vocation Minister for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.




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