What recharges your batteries so you can continue serving?  How do you become spiritually renewed so that you can continue to share the gospel?  Just as Jesus went off to pray and rest, we invite you to come away and experience renewal and rejoicing during this 3-day retreat at the beautiful Camp St. Christopher retreat center on Seabrook Island, SC.  Anyone who serves in youth ministry, religious education, or is inspired to help spread the influence of Jesus is invited to attend.

Retreat Dates:

Tuesday, April 19 (begins at noon with lunch) through Thursday, April 21 (concludes at 11 a.m.)

Retreat Cost:

Single Occupancy $345/person

Double Occupance $265/person

$100 deposit reserve your spot.  Limited scholarships are available.

Register Online:


Or Print and Mail In the Brochure Below to the  Office of Catechesis & Christian Initiation, 901 Orange Grove Rd., Charleston, SC   29407

Renew & Rejoice 2022 Brochure

2022 Facilitator:  Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George.  Sr. Johanna earned an undergraduate degree in deaf communication.  She holds a B.A. in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute.  She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma.  She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England.

Sr. Johanna has been involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level. She began her catechetical apostolate as a 7th and 8th grade classroom teacher.  In addition to teaching all subjects including religion, she organized a group of interested stuens into “harmony.”  This group of hearing-impaired junior high school students performed both popular and religious song sin American Sign Language.