Since 2003, I’ve been involved in bringing ACTS retreats – a Cursillo-based program of personal and parish renewal – to parishes throughout the St. Louis area.
LaSalle Retreat Center in Glencoe and St. Joseph Parish in Manchester – my “homes sweet home” for ACTS Retreats…
In 2010, I participated on my first Kairos Inside prison retreat team, at the Menard maximum security correctional center in Chester, IL. I witnessed many astonishing things as a result of that weekend – not the least of which were the 2,000 dozen homemade cookies that many friends, neighbors and complete strangers made in support of the ministry.
Since then, I’ve seen the miracle of the “bottomless bowl of cookies” occur again and again – both at Menard, and at Tamms (a now-shuttered supermax prison). This Kairos tradition, symbolizing the depth of God’s love for each of us, always stirs the heart and moves the spirit. And it never gets old – seeing the proof of Christian solidarity stacked floor-to-ceiling in our meeting room the weekend before each Kairos retreat.