CHARIS NYC: AFTER THE RETREAT

Welcome to a special section for our Charis NYC retreat alumni and alumnae!  

By completing a Charis NYC retreat, you join hundreds of young adults in the NYC region who have grown closer to God through our weekend retreats rooted in Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit tradition since 2011.

Whether you’ve just returned from your Charis NYC retreat weekend, or if it’s been a while and you’d like to reconnect with the people and the practices you found helpful -- welcome back!

On this page, we offer:

  • Resources to help ease your transition from retreat back into your daily NYC routine
  • Small group faith-sharing opportunities with other Charis NYC alumni
  • Charis NYC Alumni Meetups to connect (and re-connect) throughout NYC
  • Spiritual Directors eager to help you continue discerning how God is at work in your life
  • Connections to young adult ministries and opportunities to engage your gifts and talents
  • An invitation to join our Charis NYC Team of volunteers

Our Charis NYC team, and our community of Catholics in their 20s-30s, are here to help you continue to find your grace.


HANDOUT: "The End of a Retreat"

Download our handout, "The End of a Retreat," for some helpful tips on how to integrate your retreat experience – a quiet period of reflection with God – to your normal, busy daily routine. 


SMALL GROUP FAITH-SHARING: Opportunities for Charis NYC Alumni

Outside the experience of retreat, take some time to re-center and reflect on your relationship with God and others.  Our Community Faith Sharing offers you  the support of a welcoming community as you live out your faith in daily life. Deepen your experience of Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit tradition.

Spiritual conversation allows us to take seriously what God is trying to tell us in our everyday experiences and makes it easier to discern what God may be inviting us to do. Young adults gather to listen and to share about how God is at work in our lives. 

These faith sharing groups are a great follow-up for those who have been on a Charis NYC retreat or for those who are part of The Jesuit Collaborative's Contemporary Leaders in Action (CLA) program.

Find your grace by staying connected with other young adults who are trying to live out their faith with integrity, gratitude, and hope.


CHARIS NYC ALUMNI MEETUPS: Connect and Re-connect throughout NYC!

Time and again, retreatants note that their Charis NYC experiences are so powerful, in large part, because of the presence of others in their 20s-30s who relate to their journeys as young Catholics in New York City.

Starting with the participants of your specific weekend retreat, you join hundreds of young adults whose Charis NYC experiences have provided Ignatian spirituality tools and a supportive presence for faith life in our Church.

Join us at our Charis NYC Alumni Meetups: easy, low-key gatherings spanning:

  • Mass and socials at participating parishes
  • Happy Hour socials after work
  • Gatherings at unique NYC attractions
  • And more!

Haven't yet attended a Charis NYC retreat?  No problem!  We welcome all young adults in their 20s-30s who wish to learn more about our Charis NYC retreats, and our alumni will be happy to share their retreat experiences with you.

If you have any questions, or are interested in hosting a Charis NYC Alumni Meetup -- either at your NYC parish, or as a local social / activity -- please email our Charis NYC Alumni Team at CharisRetreatNYC@gmail.com.  


SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS: Listing for Charis NYC Young Adults

On a Charis NYC retreat weekend, all retreatants have the opportunity to sign up for a session of Spiritual Direction,  which is: 

“... help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.”

(William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)

Many, if not most, retreatants take this opportunity to try spiritual direction for the first time, and gain much from this specific kind of conversation with a trained director.

To help you unpack the graces you experienced on retreat even further, Charis NYC offers a listing of Spiritual Directors in the NYC region eager to help Charis NYC alumni young adults discover where and how God is operating in their lives.

Please feel free to contact any of the Spiritual Directors featured on this flyer.  Tell them Charis NYC sent you!